Eric Troyer has spent nearly 30 years immersed in the catalog of Electric Light Orchestra as a co-founding member of ELO Part II and its successor, The Orchestra.
On Saturday, The Orchestra will bring their winter tour to the State Theatre in Easton.
"It's pretty much the string of hits you might from the ELO hit parade," Troyer said Tuesday during a phone interview. "We work really hard reproducing the original recordings.
I think we actually get better and better every year."
The Orchestra was formed in 2000 as a successor of ELO Part II, the latter of which originated in 1989 as a continuation of English rock band Electric Light Orchestra. The group includes fellow ELO Part II members Mik Kaminsky and Parthenon Huxley. The Orchestra released their debut album, No Rewind, in 2001.
"They're really great guys and we have a really great time. I'm really blessed we have this great music to play."
Troyer -- who handles keyboards and vocals in The Orchestra -- said fans can expect to hear a healthy amount of Electric Light Orchestra favorites, though he enjoys unearthing all corners of the ELO terrain. "Evil Woman," "Telephone Line," "Wild West Hero" and "Turn to Stone" are among his favorites to perform, Troyer said.
"ELO, particularly, is a Beatles offshoot since they combined orchestral instruments with rock 'n' roll, which the Beatles kind of started," he said. "All those bands that came out of that era, (produced) top quality stuff that's tough to beat."
In addition to his work with ELO Part II and The Orchestra, Troyer has carved out a successful career as a studio musician. His credentials reads like a who's-who of rock royalty: Kiss, Meat Loaf, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Lou Reed, Billy Joel and John Lennon, to name a few.
Working with the late Beatle was a personal highlight for Troyer, he said. (Troyer recorded backing vocals on Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1980 album Double Fantasy.)
"I was there for a couple days with them. He was very sweet, very nice," Troyer recalled. "He had sort of a reputation of being a bit brash, maybe a little difficult to work with. But he was absolutely wonderful."
The Orchestra performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton, Tickets cost $45 and $40. statetheatre.org