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Official ELO Part II logo
Background information
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresRock, pop
Years active1989–2000
LabelsScotti Brothers, Telstar, Volcano, Zomba Label Group, Sony BMG, Curb, Edel Music
SpinoffsThe Orchestra
Spinoff of
Past membersBev Bevan
Louis Clark
Eric Troyer
Pete Haycock
Neil Lockwood
Mik Kaminski
Kelly Groucutt
Hugh McDowell
Phil Bates
Parthenon Huxley

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) Part II was a British-American rock band formed by Electric Light Orchestra drummer and co-founder Bev Bevan. The band also included former ELO bassist and vocalist Kelly Groucutt, and violinist Mik Kaminski for most of its career, along with conductor Louis Clark, who toured as a guest with ELO in its later years.

After Bevan left the band in late 1999, he sold his half of the rights to the Electric Light Orchestra name back to Jeff Lynne, and the band changed its name to The Orchestra.[1]



In 1988 drummer Bev Bevan approached Jeff Lynne, wanting to record another ELO album.[2] Lynne declined to participate, so Bevan signaled that he intended to continue the band without him.[3] Lynne, however, objected over use of the ELO name, and the final agreement reached between the two resulted in ELO officially disbanding and Bevan forming a new band in 1989 called Electric Light Orchestra Part Two.[4] Another term of the agreement was that Lynne would get a percentage of ELO Part II's record royalties.[3] ELO co-founder Roy Wood was approached about joining the band, but declined. Bevan recruited longtime ELO string conductor and co-arranger Louis Clark into his new band, but not as an initial official member (Clark was never an official member of the original ELO either.) The first line-up comprised Bevan, plus three musicians unrelated to ELO: American musician and songwriter Eric Troyer (keyboards, guitar and vocals), English musician Pete Haycock (guitar, bass and vocals), formerly of the Climax Blues Band, and Welsh musician Neil Lockwood (guitar, keyboards, bass and vocals). John Payne had also been recruited as a member early on but dropped out, eventually to join Asia in 1991.[5][6]

Debut album[edit]

ELO Part Two released a self-titled album in 1991, which featured former ELO violinist Mik Kaminski on one track. The album was intended to hark back to ELO's classic sound of the mid-to-late 1970s, but compared to the original ELO being under the creative control initially of both Wood and Lynne and then Lynne after Wood's departure, ELO Part II were more democratic in terms of songwriting and lead vocals.

The first tour featured the band performing live with the 80-piece Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO) conducted by Konstantin Krimets,[7][8] and was well received in the UK. The band chose the MSO so they could have a western band playing with an eastern orchestra.[2] Approximately two-thirds of the songs performed were ELO hits. The tour's set was designed by Tom McPhillips and included the ELO spaceship.[7] The show in ELO's home town of Birmingham was captured on video and on the live album Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live Featuring The Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Kaminski, former ELO cellist Hugh McDowell, and former ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt were part of the live band, with Groucutt sharing lead and backing vocals with Troyer, Haycock and Lockwood. Kaminski, McDowell and Groucutt were initially appearing as guest artists from a band they had formed called OrKestra,[9] itself a vehicle to exploit their past association with ELO, but eventually dissolved it and joined ELO Part Two full-time by 1993. McDowell's tenure with the band was short. ELO Part II and MSO planned to kick off their tour in the USA at Radio City Music Hall.[10] But the tour was cancelled as costs became prohibitive.[2]

The band continued to tour Germany and the UK in 1992 with Louis Clark playing keyboards to emulate the strings of the absent orchestra. In 1993 Haycock and Lockwood left the band, and were replaced by guitarist/vocalist Phil Bates, who had been in the band Trickster, one of the opening acts for ELO's 1978 world tour. A world tour was undertaken by ELO Part Two in 1993, including dates in the USA and Eastern Europe.

Moment of Truth[edit]

Now a six-piece band with a slightly altered name, Electric Light Orchestra Part II recorded a second studio album, Moment of Truth, which was released in 1994. The success of the album and the single "One More Tomorrow" were determining factors if the band would re-establish themselves in the US.[3] The album was not a commercial success. The band continued its tour schedule over the following years, sometimes augmenting the core band with a backing orchestra. On these rare occasions they hired local orchestras at each venue to cut down costs. Another live album with the Australian Rock Orchestra was recorded in Sydney, Australia in March 1995[11] and was released the following year in Germany as a double album One Night Live in Australia , and the year after that in the USA as a single album One Night - Live in Australia. The band sold the master tapes of this album and it has since been remixed, remastered, and re-released several times under different titles.

Later career and transition to The Orchestra[edit]

Phil Bates remained with the band until January 1999 and was replaced by Parthenon Huxley (guitar and vocals).

In November 1999 Bevan played his last show with the band at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City and issued a press release in early 2000 indicating that ELO Part II had split. Due to Bev Bevan selling his rights to the ELO name to Jeff Lynne, the band could not continue under the name ELO Part II.[1]

The remaining members, however, recruited drummer Gordon Townsend and continued as The Orchestra, who continue to tour to the present day.[citation needed]



  • Bev Bevan – drums, percussion and backing vocals (1989–2000; ELO member 1970–1986)
  • Louis Clark – symphonic keyboards, orchestral arranger and conductor (1989–2000; ELO associate 1974–1980, 1983, Non-member touring musician 1981–1982, 1986; died 2021)
  • Eric Troyer – keyboards, guitar and vocals (1989–2000)
  • Pete Haycock – guitar, bass and vocals (1989–1993; died 2013)
  • Neil Lockwood – guitar, keyboards, bass and vocals (1989–1993)
  • Mik Kaminski – violin (1991, 1992–2000; ELO member 1973–1979, Non-member touring musician 1982, 1986)
  • Kelly Groucutt – bass and vocals (1991, 1992–2000; ELO member 1974–1983; died 2009)
  • Hugh McDowell – cello (1991; ELO member 1972, 1973–1979; died 2018)
  • Phil Bates – guitar and vocals (1993–1999)
  • Parthenon Huxley – guitar and vocals (1999–2000)



ELO Part II discography
Studio albums2
Live albums2
Compilation albums1
Video albums3
Music videos3

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Electric Light Orchestra Part Two 34 39 22
Moment of Truth
  • Released:
    • January 1994 (UK)
    • February 1995 (US)
  • Reissued: 24 June 2021 CD; 11 October 2021 2 LP (Renaissance Records)[15]
  • Label:
  • Formats:
    • cassette
    • CD
    • digital download
    • LP (only on reissue)

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Anthology – 20 Years And Counting...with Electric Light Orchestra Part II & The Orchestra (2 CD)
  • Released: 2009
  • Reissued: 1 November, 2021 (Renaissance Records)[16]
  • Label: none (self-released)

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live
(featuring The Moscow Symphony Orchestra)
  • Released: 1992 (US)
  • Label: Scotti Bros. Records
One Night – Live in Australia (2 CD)
    • Released: 1996 (UK)
    • February 1997 (US)
  • Label: CMC Records


Year Title Album Chart positions
1991 "Honest Men" Electric Light Orchestra Part Two 60 36
"Thousand Eyes" 113
"For the Love of a Woman"
1994 "Power of a Million Lights" Moment of Truth
"Breakin' Down the Walls"
1996 "One More Tomorrow"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director Album
1991 "Honest Men" Unknown Electric Light Orchestra Part Two
1994 "Power of a Million Lights" Paul Spencer[18] Moment of Truth
"Breakin' Down the Walls" Unknown


  • Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live Featuring The Moscow Symphony Orchestra (VHS), (1992)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Part II – One Night Live in Australia '95 (DVD), (1995)
  • Access All Areas (DVD/VHS), (1997): Produced and directed by George Reed. Running time 58 minutes. Feature includes interviews with band members, live performances, music videos for "All Fall Down" and "Ain't Necessarily So", and behind-the-scenes footage.


  1. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra Part II". face-the-music.de. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Bevan, Bev; Clark, Louis. "Pebble Mill" (Interview). Interviewed by Judi Spiers. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Boehm, Mike (22 July 1995). "ELO Part II: It Can Rise, but Can It Shine?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Electric Light Orchestra, Part II Biography by Jason Ankeny". allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  5. ^ "JOHN PAYNE/ANDY NYE – THE PASSION [1987]". melodic-hardrock.com. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Biography". theasiaband. 8 January 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two – The Album" (Press release). 1991. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Projects". The Stas Namin Centre (in Russian). Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  9. ^ Guttenbacher, Patrik; Haines, Marc; Von Petersdorff, Alexander (1 January 1996). Unexpected Messages. ISBN 6892740790.
  10. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" (PDF). Billboard. 8 June 1991. p. 8. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  11. ^ Duxbury, Janell R. (2000). Rockin' the Classics and Classicizin' the Rock. Xlibris. p. 325. ISBN 0738837547.
  12. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  13. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl Electric Light Orchestra discography". MegaCharts. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Discographie Electric Light Orchestra". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  15. ^ a b Sinclair, Keith (28 June 2021). "ELO Part II: Renaissance Reissues Update". elobeatlesforever.com. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  16. ^ Recommended: Anthology (Electric Light Orchestra Part II & The Orchestra)
  17. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra Part II". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  18. ^ ELO PT II (15 June 1994). "million lights". TE Savage Inc. Retrieved 16 October 2022 – via YouTube. Credits seen during first frames of video.

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