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Original members of the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band are bringing their hilarious, not-to-be-missed show to the Theatre By The Lake, Keswick on Thursday 9 February, performing as Three Bonzos and a Piano.
This is the 50th anniversary year of the founding of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in 1962 and, with a new CD due out later this year, promises to be a fantastic time to see them.
Since 2009, they have been packing out theatres around the country putting the mayhem into music and chaos into the chords with their unique blend of music, visual comedy and performance art! And they have been racking up tremendous press coverage and audience acclaim.
The original members involved are Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater 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.). Vivian Stanshall's genius is well-known and is heartily celebrated by the Three Bonzos, who pay tribute to their gone-but-never-forgotten leader's legacy of songs. I attach the press release.
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.