Rutles associate Jerry Dean remembers his inaugural encounter with the Pre-Fab Four:
“I remember the first time I saw them live. I had nagged my parents to take me to the Rutles’ 1963 Christmas Show. At the Finsbury Park Astoria (later the legendary rock venue The Rainbow) in North London. We sat in Row S — four rows from the back of the orchestra to the right of the center aisle. Crimson crush-velvet seats. I had a vanilla ice cream in a cardboard tub costing one shilling and ninepence. (Sorry my memory is a bit fuzzy on the details…) That night I saw the Rutles live on stage in all their early glory. I barely heard them. I had to press my fingers in my ears to filter out the screaming girls. But the impact was incalculable. The next day I got a pair of “Sta-Prest” tight black trousers. (“Young Man At C&A” 19 shillings and sixpence. Genuine 100% Pure Terylene.)”
What: The Rutles Reunion (30th Anniversary of NBC docu spesh “All You Need Is Cash”)
When: 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Where: Egyptian Theater, Hollywood
Highlights: The Rutles in person; “All You Need Is Cash” screening.
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What: Rutlemania! The Semi-Spectacular Tribute Concert
When: Los Angeles: March 19, 20 & 21 at 8 p.m.
New York: March 26, 27, 28 & 29 at 8 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles: Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St.
New York: Blender Theater, 123 East 23rd St., NYC
Highlights: Rutles tribute band The Pre-Fab Four in new Tribute Concert directed by Eric Idle with music by Neil Innes.