Jeff Lynne’s ELO will play the Hollywood Bowl for three nights in September

Jeff Lynne is photographed at his home sound studio on Oct. 20, 2015.

Jeff Lynne is photographed at his home sound studio on Oct. 20, 2015.

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At last, it’s a livin’ thing.

Months after Electric Light Orchestra sparked talk of a comeback with the release of its first studio album in more than a decade, the veteran British group announced Thursday that it will play three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in September.

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The shows, scheduled for Sept. 9-11, will pair ELO with members of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and will mark the band’s first visit to the prestigious outdoor venue. Single tickets for the shows are to go on sale May 1, though subscription packages (which can include one of the ELO concerts) may be purchased on Feb. 9, when the Bowl’s full summer season is set to be announced.


In November, the group -- now known as Jeff Lynne’s ELO after its founding frontman -- earned warm reviews for “Alone in the Universe,” its follow-up to an earlier comeback effort, 2001’s largely ignored “Zoom.” No fan of life on the road, as he told The Times last year, Lynne declined to tour in support of “Zoom.”

“I hated it when we were playing arenas,” he said of the group’s original run, which ended in 1986. “You wake up at 9 o’clock, have a horrible hot dog at the airport for breakfast, then do three flights to get where you’re going. As soon as I was able to stop, I said, ‘That’s it.’”

Yet it was the success of a one-off concert ELO gave at London’s Hyde Park in 2014 that inspired Lynne to finish “Alone in the Universe” and finally return to performing.

“Fifty thousand people all going mad and singing along with every song -- that was pretty nice,” he said.

The Hollywood Bowl shows aren’t the only ones on the band’s newly revived schedule. ELO is set to tour Britain in April and appear at the massive Glastonbury Festival in June.

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