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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Neil Innes by komutanucantekme on 23 May 2006 3:13am
I think I first noticed this man in the Rutles movie... he was outstanding. He was so naturally funny. What's more, he had done most of the film music. Again, he was equally amazing in the Rutland Weekend Television, the TV show which eventually led to the Rutles movie. Then of course, he is responsible for a lot of what we now know as Monty Python music. Before all that, of course, was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and their appearances in Do Not Adjust Your Set, Michael's TV show before Flying Circus. I've been an admirer of this man for a long time. He is one of those magical people who combine music with humor, which is something that I've been trying to do for almost two years now.

Anyway, I was surfing aimlessly on the internet last week when I came across his website. I checked the tour dates and saw that he had a gig in NY. I went to see him there (a mere 8-hour train ride from Rochester). Needless to say, the show was great. Besides, I was lucky enough to meet him after the show. After all those years of "one-way-traffic" (you know, seeing him on the screen for so many hours and all that), it was a major shock to experience the feeling that he was actually listening and responding to what I was saying. By the way, I have met some celebrities before (in fact, no less than Steve Vai, Joe Stump, Doro Pesch, Joe Lynn Turner, Blaze Bayley, Paul Di'Anno, Glenn Hughes, JJ Marsh, Udo Dirkschneider, 2 guys from Destruction whose names I can't remember, etc.) so it was an additional shock that it felt so paralyzing to meet this man. I had to say something and I said the first thing which came to my mind, which was rather silly... I said "I'd love to see you play in Turkey" (he had just asked me where I was from)... it was no surprise that he didn't quite get what I said first time, as it was a very loud place and I was having difficulty in getting the words out. He thought I had said "I sing in Turkey" (which would be ridiculous beyond belief if that were indeed what I had said). Anyway, I finally (somehow) managed to get him to hear what I was trying to say. He asked me if people would understand the words that he sings, and I said "yes, most people would.." and that Monty Python had a big fanbase in Turkey (which is no lie, as even by myself I'm a huge fanbase). Anyway, I left the club feeling delighted at meeting Neil Innes, but a bit embarassed at not saying something entirely meaningful when I met him. I say "a bit", because I remember Michael saying in Comic Roots that the only time he met Peter Sellers he had immediately made a Goon voice. So it can't be all that bad.

The point is, there is no point. I just met Neil Innes and I feel good.
Re: Neil Innes by tucsonmike on 23 May 2006 5:02am
Well good for you! Ah Rochester, New York, I place I sort of know. (Very different from New York City).
Re: Neil Innes by perfectbitch on 23 May 2006 1:31pm
I was lucky enough to see the Bonzo's many times in the late 60's and early 70's. They were great and so typically British. You may like to know that he was also the wizard in a childrens tv show in the 80's. He mainly uttered the words, "pom pom pom pom pom" and did a special thing with his hands. I just can't remember what the programme was called. my kids liked the show though. Linz

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