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March 17, 2008


RUTLES Special Event! Ron, Dirk, Stig and Barry Reunite March 17th as Original Film and Rarities Screen at the Egyptian

Event Listing by Don Rose

March marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the Rutles film "All You Need Is Cash" and you are invited to celebrate. The Mods & Rockers Film Festival (a perennial Best Bet of The LA Report) is presenting the official 30th anniversary celebration of The Rutles at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey (Rutles Dirk, Ron, Stig, and Barry respectively) will be the guests of honor at the March 17th special event.

What is planned, you ask? There will be a screening of the original 1978 version of the film. There will also be a treasure trove of Rutles rarities that will be presented at the event including the rarely-seen 1975 British TV skit that inspired the film, Rutles-related footage from "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) and highlights from the 2003 film "Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch."

In case you've been living under a rut, The Rutles (a fab band that satirized The Beatles) first entered American consciousness on SNL, in a Hard Days Night type video featuring the Beatlesque band "whose legend will last a lunchtime" (and mirrors the history of The Beatles to a tea). Neil Innes penned the fresh, fun tunes in "All You Need in Cash," which are not only clever recombinations and reinventions of Beatle musical DNA, but just plain great pop songs in their own write (to borrow a bit o' Lennon). The LA Report recommends you GO-go to this once-in-a-lunchtime event!

March 17. Two Shows: 730pm and 1030pm. Q&A between shows. First show sold out. The Rutles will partake in a Q&A after the first screening (7:30pm show) and will introduce the 10:30pm show. Plus, we hear the evening may feature a couple of musical surprises! More information on the Rutles special event, taking place at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd near Highland, is available at www.modsandrockers.com. You can also read the recent LA Times article about The Rutles.

Also recommended by The LA Report are two other Rutle-related events. On Sunday March 16, KLOS FM's excellent "Breakfast With The Beatles" show will have all four Rutles in the studio during the 11am hour. Plus, there are RUTLEmania concerts all week! Read on:

RUTLEmania! Concerts by the "Pre-Fab Four" at the Montalban

Not the Rutles, but an incredible simulation! That's right, a simulation of a satirization. But since the Rutle songs are fantastic, and they parody the best band ever, The LA Report loves it. The Fab Four (a Beatles tribute band in "real" life) will become The PRE-Fab Four for FIVE nights of live Rutle classics! GO!

The location is the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on Vine, just a couple of blocks south of the Capitol Records building and the John Lennon star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! But enough about the real Fab Four, this is about the tribute band called The Fab Four, who will be transformed into the "PRE Fab Four" for this tribute concert of all-Rutles music! If you actually understand all this, then groovy, baby -- grab your Number One or Goosestep Mama, eat some Cheese And Onions till you scream Ouch!, then Get Up And Go to the show! The LA Report will be there, so you should too.

Dates: Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm; Sunday March 16 at 5 pm; Wednesday, March 19 at 8 pm; Thursday, March 20 at 8 pm; and Friday, March 21 at 8 pm.