Rutles to reunite

Mock rockers team for 30th anniversary

By Cynthia Littleton
March 2, 2008

It's the reunion they said would never happen.

The Rutles, the legendary "Prefab Four" of the British Invasion, will reunite in Los Angeles on March 17 for a 30th anniversary salute to the NBC special that cemented the mock rockers' status as a cult fave among rock 'n' roll aficionados, Beatlemaniacs and others.

Rutles' members Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey (aka Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry) will be on hand for a Q&A and screening of a digitally remastered version of the 1978 spesh "All You Need Is Cash" at the Egyptian Theater, hosted by the Mods & Rockers Film Festival.

Also set to unspool is the rarely seen 1975 British TV skit that launched the Rutles; Rutles-related material from "Saturday Night Live" circa 1976 and '77; and highlights from the 2003 sequel "Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch." Mods and Rockers organizer Martin Lewis, who will moderate the Q&A, is also promising "a couple of musical surprises" at the event.