Dirk McQuickly and Ron Nasty first met in early 1959, at the now-legendary address, 43 Egg Lane, Liverpool. After teaming up with Stig O’Hara – a guitarist of no fixed hairstyle – they began playing as a three-piece. After eighteen short months, the pre-Prefab Four came across drummer Barrington Womble, who was persuaded to call himself Barry Wom to save time, and his haircut to save Brylcreem, hiding in their van. The classic Rutles line-up was complete.
At the suggestion of their then-manager Arthur Scouse, the group went to Hamburg in 1961. Their, they played all the clubs on the Reeperbahn, particularly The Rat Kellar. With them was 5th member, Leppo (who mainly stood at the back). It was in The Rat Kellar that Leppo crawled into a trunk with a diminutive German fräulein and was never seen again. As luck would have it, he had little or no musical talent, anyway.
Later that same year, fate arrived in the shape and other attributes of one-legged Bolton-based retail chemist, Leggy Mountbatten who, after falling into “The Cavern” one night, declared he despised the boys’ music, but liked the cut of their jib – in particular the cut of their trousers. Leggy became their manager, polished up their image, and touted them around most of the large record companies. In time, they succumbed to the charms of (and tea served at) Parlourphone, and their début album, (recorded in twenty minutes – their 2nd took even longer – became a huge success. The rest, as they say, is history…
Ron Nasty and Barry Wom reform The Rutles for this very rare club performance. Expect all the Prefab Four’s greatest hits performed live, including Ouch!, Cheese & Onions, and I Must Be In Love.
Wed 21- Harlow, The Square
Sun 25- London: Borderline, All-Dayer
Mon 26- Liverpool: The Cavern, Beatles Festival
Tue 27- Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Wed 28- Bilston, Robin 2
Thu 29- Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 30- London, Borderline SOLD OUT
Sat 31- Bristol, Fleece
The Rutles appearing on this short tour will almost certainly be played by:
- Neil Innes — piano, guitar and vocals;
- John Halsey — drums;
- Mark Griffiths — bass guitar and vocals;
- Mickey Simmonds — keyboards and vocals;
- Ken Thornton (“Rutling Ken”) — lead guitar;
Note: we are not expecting participation from Eric Idle or other actors who appeared in the All You Need Is Cash rockumentary, so please don’t email and ask.