The Rutles were founded by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Neil Innes and are known for their parodies of The Beatles. Innes still fronts the band and is joined by John Halsey (who played drums on the Lou Reed album “Transformer”), Jay Goodrich, Phil Jackson and Ken Thornton. A brilliant night’s entertainment guaranteed!
As everyone knows, The Rutles story began on January 21, 1959 at 43 Egg Lane, Liverpool, where Ron Nasty and Dirk McQuickly first bumped into each other. Ron invited Dirk to help him stand up. Dirk, merely an amateur drinker, agreed and on that spot a legend was created, a legend that will last a lunchtime.
They were soon to be joined by Stig O’Hara, a guitarist of no fixed hairstyle, but it would be another two years before they found their regular drummer, Barrington Womble, hiding in the van. When they did, they persuaded him to change his name to save time and his haircut to save Brylcreem. He became simply Barry Wom.
The rest of The Rutles story is legendary (and can be read on the band’s realtively new website:
Among other things, Neil Innes was a founding member and principal songwriter of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, as well as the “musical member” of the Monty Python team. The other members require no introduction from me…
Tickets on sale now at www.lancaster.gov.uk/the-rutles