Ex-ELO Drummer Bev Bevan Unable to Attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Electric Light Orchestra / ELO members Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Today, former ELO drummer Bev Bevan released a statement confirming that he will be unable to attend the induction ceremony due to prior commitments.

Bevan’s statement: “Unfortunately I will not be able to attend ELO’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame due to the fact that I am on tour in the UK with another great friend of Jeff, Richard and Roy’s – the legend that is Jasper Carrott.

“These dates have been sold out for some time and when the news broke about our induction it was too late to change them. It would have been fantastic to meet up with Roy, Jeff and Richard again.

“I would also like to mention a few other names that I think should be recognised as part of what made ELO so magical – in particular Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell, Melvyn Gale and the late Kelly Groucutt.”

Bevan says he’s honoured at the accolade and adds: “Especially when I see the names of the inductees over the years. Many are my heroes, some I have had the honour to meet and others the privilege to share a stage with.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a life in the music business from my first band Rocking Ronnie & The Renegades to Black Sabbath and all the bits in between, including The Move, Denny Laine & The Diplomats, Carl Wayne & The Vikings, Quill, ELO, the Brum Rocks concerts, Stand Up & Rock and more.

“It has been a blast and I still get a buzz every time I walk out on stage.

“However, I would like to add that without the support of the record buying and concert going public, my great career could never have happened. So a huge thank you goes out to everyone who has ever purchased a record that I played on or been to any of the concerts.”

ELO will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame alongside Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers.