29 August – So for me this August is a very quiet month for shows, especially after the cancellation of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s tour, just The Rutles at The Brudenell. I used to really like the Rutland Weekend Television show, and am amazed it has never been repeated, and it’s spin off film, All You Need Is Cash, so a chance to see The Rutles is not to be missed.
As you may have guessed this is an affectionate spoof of The Beatles, with songs by Neil Innes. There are only two original Rutles in the current line-up, Ron McNasty (Innes) and Barry Wom (John Halsey). The additional musicians are Mark Griffiths (bass guitar and vocals), Mickey Simmonds (keyboards and vocals) and Ken Thornton (lead guitar).
The first half of the set largely features songs from All You Need Is Cash and is excellent, full of lovingly crafted Beatle parodies: I Must Be In Love, With a Girl Like You, Ouch!, Doubleback Alley and Get Up and Go amongst others. After a short break they return for a weaker second half with songs from the Archaeology CD and a couple of songs from Innes’ solo career. The highlight of the second half, and possibly the show, is a lovely version of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.
All in all though, a great evenings entertainment.