The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich
The Rutles – Nasty and Barry, obviously, and with an insanely talented band who knew their parts inside out, played the game and fully brought the best out of the now pre-fab two. A wide selection from both albums and, surprisingly, a great version of “Isn’t it a Pity?” in the first half and a beautiful “All Things Must Pass” to close. Vocals shared about and, in these days of time’s vengeful march among many of our heroes, Innes in great voice throughout. Many of these songs go beyond pastiche to achieve great beauty and meaning of their own. If you get the chance, do.
Much creaking of knees at half time, and the sound of “Oohhh, me leg’s gone to sleep!” over the Adnams’ Ghost Ship.
It made me think..
Aside from all the “We’re the only tribute band in the world who play their own songs” wackiness from Innes up front, he’s a terrifically clever writer with an absurdly good ear for detail. I went with someone who’d interviewed him a few years ago. “This is the bit that got him sued” he said.