Rutles 30th Anniversary - Tickle My Sycophancy
Last night was the 30th anniversary reunion of the Rutles at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
This is my blog, so I get to tell you of MY experience at it. (I'll let Lemming_of_the_BDA and Adlyrazik tell their own versions.
We arrived late... (ahem, driver ScottP ... musician... oh, never mind...) which I suppose turned out to be a good thing, as I stood in the far left isle which allowed me to see the audience and watch their expressions as they watched the movie. There's something to be said for seeing other people's reactions to enjoyable things...
I had been standing for about 40 minutes when I decided to head out to the lobby and then to the outside courtyard to see if I could find fellow PythOnliners; Lemming of the BDA and Adlyrazik who had tickets for the 10:30 show. I walked out, having been reassured by the ticket person that the pink wristband I had allowed me to "go anywhere" I wished.
There I was, standing admiring the Rutles T-shirts, when Mr. Idle walked towards me. I said hello, and asked him how he felt his RUTLEMANIA show was going, he seemed happy and pleased with the response to it. (yes, I will mention, as I have before that if you CAN see the show, by all means, SEE it, it's worth every minute).
Eric went back into the theatre, where he was waiting for the Q&A to begin. I met up with Lemming and Adlyrazik who were recovering from meeting Eric in the courtyard. (Poor Lemming actually fainted and lost her ticket, I'll let her fill in the details...) After a conversation with them, I headed back inside, to catch the Q&A.
I attempted to get back in, and of course I was faced with a different ticket person... while I was groping for my ticket Eric walked by, and I said "pretend you know me!" to him... He, without missing a beat, and in a very monotoned voice said "yes I know you Jeanna..." and kept walking... I had to laugh. It was the 'keymaster/gatekeeper' magic I needed and I headed back to my spot in the isle to get a view of the upcoming Q&A.
Martin Lewis, who was emceeing the event, did a great job making sure that all 4 Rutles got a turn to speak... Barry Wom (John Halsey) aka 'the noisy one' now a pub owner in Cambridge, went on and on with his: "yes." and "no."s, it was all Martin could do to keep him quiet. He did promise to do a maximum of 10 hair cuts in the lobby after the show.
Stig O'Hara (Rikky Fataar) had the opportunity to talk about his adoption into the Rutles by meeting Dirk McQuickly (Eric Idle), while sitting crossed legged on the beach in Barbados, where they ended up playing guitar together for 2 weeks.
As for Eric and Neil... it was a great treat to see them together again. They seemed genuinely happy to be sitting next to each other (for those of you who are unfamiliar with the ups and downs between Eric and Neil... it's been tumultuous at best). When asked about their favourite Rutles songs, Barry of course said Living in Hope (his featured song), Stig mentioned Cheese and Onions (my favourite) Neil mentioned his favourite (I'm drawing a blank at the moment)... but Eric mentioned that his favourite was from the Archeology album... the album he wasn't even a part of... If that isn't graciousness, I don't know what is.
I've got to say, I'm prouder today to be an Eric Idle / Dirk McQuickly fan than I was yesterday... (and I didn't think that was possible).