Aug 27, 2012 | Comments 0
Original members of the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band are coming to the Wet Midlands – appearing at The Queen’s Hall, Nuneaton on Thursday 15 November. Playing as Three Bonzos and a Piano they have been packing out theatres and arts centres around the country putting the mayhem into music and chaos into the chords with their unique blend of music, visual comedy and performance art.
As the East Anglian Daily Times put it, “If you get a chance to see this show, go and do so because I promise you, there is absolutely nothing else on the circuit like it.”
They have been racking up tremendous press coverage and audience acclaim since setting out on the road in 2009. The original members involved are co-founder of the Bonzos (with the late Vivian Stanshall) Rodney Slater, Roger Ruskin Spear and Sam Spoons along with former Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band member Dave Glasson (The Piano) and special guest guitarist Andy Roberts (The Scaffold, Liverpool Scene, Pink Floyd etc.). New material and old favourites combine to make a superb evening’s entertainment.
The Bonzos have a strong history, having appeared with members of Monty Python, the Beatles – who cited them as their favourite band – Eric Clapton, The Kinks and The Who as well as having a Top 5 hit with ‘Urban Spaceman’ and 5 eccentric and eclectic albums that still sell well today, so are likely to be of great interest. The band are said to be a kind of “musical missing link” between The Goons and Monty Python. Indeed, in 1967 and 1968/9 they featured as the “house band” on “Do Not Adjust Your Set”, a fore-runner of Monty Python, with Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones, as well as the young David Jason. Their humour was undoubtedly influential. Comedians Stephen Fry, Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Eddie Izzard, Chris Morris and Bill Bailey have all named the Bonzos as a formative influence, many of whom performed with them for the 40th Anniversary Tour in 2006. Vivian Stanshall’s legacy is also heartily celebrated in the live show.