After the success of last year’s Major Happy Tour, Neil Innes and John Halsey (aka Ron Nasty and Barry Wom) have been persuaded to bring THE RUTLES back for one more UK Tour during May/June 2019.
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).
The Rutles line-up will be:
Neil Innes (lead vocals/piano/guitar)
John “The Admiral” Halsey (drums/vocals)
Jay Goodrich (bass/vocals)
Phil Jackson (keys/piano/vocals)
“Rutling” Ken Thornton (guitars/vocals)
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. John Halsey is a drummer of note and is featured on Lou Reed’s Transformer album, including the iconic ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. The other members of the band will require no introduction from me…
TOUR PERIOD & FEE
The Rutles will be touring between May 9th and June 9th, 2019 and are looking for a fee against a percentage + hotels for 8 (or accommodation allowance). Or, make me an offer.
Although the tour period lasts for 30 days, The Rutles will not be available for more than roughly 18-20 shows, as the ‘old boys’ like to take a break every few days to enjoy the countryside…
Please contact me with your availabilities and offer.
The following dates have already been booked:
Fri 17- London
Sat 18- Lewes
Sun 19- Lewes
Thu 23- Liverpool
Sat 25- Edinburgh
Sun 26- Glasgow
Thu 30- Grimsby
Fri 31- Newcastle
Sat 01- Leeds
Sun 02- Manchester
Tue 04- Bilston (Wolverhampton)
Thu 06- Exeter
Fri 07- Bath
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.
9th May to 9th June 2019
The Rutles appearing on this short tour will almost certainly be played by:
- Neil Innes (lead vocals/piano/guitar) | John “The Admiral” Halsey (drums/vocals)| Jay Goodrich (bass/vocals) | Phil Jackson (keys/piano/vocals) | “Rutling” Ken Thornton (guitars/vocals)
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.