Lynne and company delivered a faithful, spirited rendition of the jaunty “Mr. Blue Sky,” with the frontman showing off his guitar chops and still striking a delicate falsetto. Lynne’s sizable band — which included a small string section — provided phenomenal support, with his back-up singers and instrumentalists conjuring an array of harmonies and his keyboardist delivering the track’s delightful talk box hook.
Lynne’s ELO also performed “When I Was a Boy,” a sweet, nostalgic power ballad with Beatles-esque melodies that appears on the band’s new album, Alone In the Universe.
Lynne explained the origins of the track in a recent interview with Rolling Stone: “My interest in music grabbed me when I was a boy,” he said. “I used to go under my bed listening to the crystal set [radio]. There weren’t many good stations back then. You only got about an hour of pop music and that was on a Saturday night. That’s what led to the song, which was one of the quickest I’ve ever written lyrically and musically.”