Phil Bates Trio (Ex Elo Pt 2)
Performing: Phil Bates
20-22 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
Approx. capacity: 700
The Robin 2 in Bilston is an excellent live music venue with a capacity of 700, and draws appreciative crowds to see some unexpected big names, local bands and tribute acts. At the front of the club, Noddy's Bar - named after the Slade frontman - is an excellent place to meet for a drink before the gig. The Robin provides a refreshing alternative for those who like to listen to good live music at a reasonable price. The Robin 2 is unique in the fact that it is also a hotel. The Robin 2 hotel has been inundated with bookings since it's opening in May 2008. The 500,000 pounds hotel is aimed at giving concert-goers the chance to enjoy a drink and have a bed nearby for convenience. The old building next to the Mount Pleasant music venue was gutted and transformed into the new attraction as part of a 12 week renovation project. The hotel was built during celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the music venue. Each of the eight sound-proofed rooms are fitted out with en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee machines and digital televisions.
Bilston Central Tram Link stops close to the venue.
Direction From M6: -At M6 Junction 10, exit onto A454 heading to A463/Wolverhampton/Dudley -Continue on A463/Black Country Route -Go through 2 roundabouts -At Oxford St take the 4th exit onto A41/Oxford St -Continue to follow A41 -Turn right at Mount Pleasant
On site parking - There is a large car park at the rear of the venue. 20-22 Mount Pleasant Bilston Wolverhampton West Midlands WV14 7LJ
Please contact the venue on 01902 401211.
General Access Info
Please contact the venue on 01902 401211.
Doors Open: 7:30PM
14s - 17s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.
Acoustic ELO and much much more…..
More information about Phil Bates Trio (Ex Elo Pt 2) tickets
Phil Bates – guitar, vocals
Joanna Bates – keyboards, vocals, low whistle
Susanne Filep – violin, vocals, glockenspiel
Phil Bates connection with ELO began back in 1976 when Phil’s band Trickster signed with ELO’s record label, Jet Records. The connection was developed more deeply when Trickster supported ELO on their groundbreaking world Spaceship Tour in 1978. Trickster released 2 albums with Jet Records, and toured in 1979 with Boston. Phil’s songs ‘If That’s The Way The Feeling Takes You’, and ‘I’m Satisfied’ both charted during this period.
In the wake of Trickster’s break-up, Phil re-kindled his association with Birmingham band, Quill, which is where he met his wife, Joanna. Phil and Jo formed Don’t Panic and spent 3 years living and working in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, before returning to the UK to start a family.
After recording and releasing an AOR album ‘Power’ with Atlantic, Phil joined the newly-formed ELO Part2 with original members, Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucott, Mik Kaminski and Lou Clarke. Two albums, and tours of USA, Canada, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Singapore, the Baltic States, Scandinavia followed between 1993 and 1999.
Phil also developed a successful solo career, releasing 4 albums between 1996 and 2005 – ‘Naked’, Agony & Ecstasy’, ‘Alter Ego’, and ‘One Sky’.
In 2003 Phil joined Bev Bevan’s Move, and also started his German-based ELO-related project, the Electric Light Band, doing hundreds of gigs in Germany and eastern Europe. Phil rejoined what was left of ELO Pt2, now renamed the Orchestra, in 2007. Concerts in Ukraine, Spain, Baltic states, Russia, UK, USA , South America, and Mexico, followed before Phil decided to focus on his new German project, ELO Klassik, a 10-piece band including 5 string players, in 2011.
The Phil Bates Trio includes many acoustic arrangements of ELO songs, but also re-arrangements of classic rock, pop and blues tracks form the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Lennon & McCartney etc etc. But there are also strong celtic influences from the wonderful low whistle playing of Joanna Bates, and some eastern European elements courtesy of the Hungarian/German roots of the wonderful former Berlin Philharmonic violinist, Susanne Filep. Phil, Jo, and Susanne also indulge their passion for 3-part harmony on songs like ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’, and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’.
Apart from being a session musician and singer, jingle-writer and producer, recording engineer/producer, guitar teacher, Phil has been a part of many band/music projects, including the Eleanor Rigby Experience, Wheels of Fire, the Abbey Road Experience, Beatles, Blues and Blue Violin ...to name but a few.
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