The Beatles reunion can never happen, but two Rutles, Neil Innes and John Halsey will get back to the backbeat at Swansea's Garage on May 25. Kate Clarke talks to Neil, aka Ron Nasty, about being very nearly fab.
HE is responsible for such rock ‘n roll classics as The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse, What Noise Annoys a Noisy Oyster and Blue Suede Schubert, and he successfully sued Oasis for ripping off one of his own Beatles pastiches. Neil Innes, sometime member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band and another member of the original prefab four, The Rutles, will do their off-centre thing in Swansea next month. And while The Beatles were thoroughly cheesed off with being The Beatles, by the time they packed it in, The Rutles, says Neil, is a continuing pleasure for him. “We don’t do it often, so when we do get together it is a lot of fun. We did 8 shows last August and there was such a conspiratorial feeling to things. We enjoyed ourselves and I still found it all very funny. “In fact with the Bonzos, The Beatles used to come and see us play, and there was some envy there because somehow we were allowed to muck about. We did exactly what we wanted and got away with it. The Beatles had to be The Beatles.”
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Source: South Wales Evening Post, UK