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Ex-ELO Drummer Bev Bevan Won’t Attend Rock Hall Induction

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Electric Light Orchestra fans hoping for a reunion between former bandmates Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan at the band’s upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction won’t be getting their wish.

Bevan broke the news with a recent Facebook post, explaining he has prior commitments with U.K. television personality 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,” wrote Bevan. “It would have been fantastic to meet up with Roy, Jeff and Richard again.”

Calling the induction “a great honor,” Bevan shared his enthusiasm for being part of a body that includes a number of his peers and musical heroes while singling out fellow ELO vets Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell, Melvyn Gale and Kelly Groucutt as being deserving of recognition at the induction. Unsurprisingly, the looming induction finds Bevan feeling reflective — and full of gratitude.

“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,” he wrote. “It has been a blast and I still get a buzz every time I walk out onstage. 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.”

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