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Electric Light Orchestra/Steve Hillage: Madison Square Garden, New York City

John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 11 February 1977

THIRTEEN YEARS after the Beatles played their first American concert at Carnegie Hall, the Electric Light Orchestra pads a headlining set at Madison Square Garden by working in a large number of warmed over Beatles references (not to mention even more warmed over Chuck Berry riffs). In fact, both bands on this bill – ELO and one led by guitarist Steve Hillage – base their commercial strategies on production techniques derived from the Beatles.

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