The Rutles, the pre-Fab Four, or at least some of them, will get back together for a one-time show at a club in the UK in August, it was announced Monday — and not by TMZ.com.
The group who will perform Aug. 30 at the Borderline in London, will feature Ron Nasty (Neil Innes) and drummer Barry Wom (John Halsey). Also scheduled to play are bassist Mark Griffiths, keyboardist Mickey Simmonds (who participated in the reunion album “Archeology”) and Ken Thornton (“Rutling Ken”) on lead guitar.
Appearances by Eric Idle and others from “All You Need Is Cash” are not expected, the show announcement, which listed songs on the show to include “Ouch!,” “Cheese & Onions” and “I Must Be In Love,” said.
(For the uninitiated, the Rutles were a Beatles spoof conceived by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. A film, “All You Need Is Cash,” that featured appearances by John Belushi, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Paul Simon, Michael Palin, the then-comedy team of Al Franken and Tom Davis and George Harrison, who got the joke, aired on NBC in 1978. The group’s catalog includes albums and a second film, “The Rutles 2 — Can’t Buy Me Lunch.”)
“Those songs are mine – I wrote them! Why can’t we just go out and sing them?,” Nasty reportedly complained. “Maybe we could call it ‘Rutalot,’ Wom, the “noisy one,” said. “With any luck by the time they get round to suing us, we’ll have disbanded again!,” Nasty said.
In explaining the reasons for the show, Nasty said, “It’s not a career move, but over the years we have become a ‘brand’ – and that makes some people very proprietorial.”
“Pro what?” said Wom. “Pro Prietor. You know, legal owner?” said Nasty. “Oh. I’ll keep quiet then,” said Wom. “No, no, you can still hit the drums…”
Not addressed was the issue of whether two of the pre-Fab Four are the Rutles or the pre-Fab Two.
A quote from an unnamed source said this could be the final reunion. “Last time was just the last time. This time it really is the last time,” the source said.
Tickets are now on sale in the UK.
(Thanks to Donna Jackson.)
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