The Rutland Times
Vol 1 Issue 3 August 29, 1996

The Rutles To Answer Fan Questions

It was officially announced earlier this week that to coincide with the release of their new album in late October, the Rutles, even the reclusive Nasty, have consented to answer questions from their fans, following many years of anonymity after the breakup of the group.

The magazine Good Day Sunshine in cooperation with the The Rutles Tragical History Tour website, collected questions to be answered by the boys. The answers to these questions will be published in the next issue of Good Day Sunshine, and here on these pages.

Top Stars To Join Rutles At Historic Reunion

[Virgin Records - Los Angeles, August 26, 1996 - For Immediate Release]

The most legendary band in music history - The Rutles - are reuniting! The band, which recently announced the October release on Virgin Records of its legendary Archaeology album of vintage, hitherto buried material, has decided to reform for the recording of a new track. The song, "Shangri-La," will be the first single from Archaeology.

To celebrate their reunion, the band will be joined for the recording by an invitation-only group of superstar friends and artists. These special guests will sing on the chorus of "Shangri-La."

The session will take place at an undisclosed New York recording studio on the evening of September 3 - the night before this year's MTV Video Music Awards (also being held in New York). Invitations to witness and partake in the most eagerly-awaited reunion in music history are certain to be highly-prized. To maintain security, the location will be kept secret.

Among the many stars expected to attend are diverse names ranging from Oasis to Pat Boone. And from Richard Pryor to Janeane Garofalo. And, as Rutles frontman Ron Nasty puts it, "Everybody in between."

The recording of "Shangri-La" will be filmed for use as a music video to promote the new single and album. This event is likely to evoke memories of The Rutles' momentous 1967 recording of their Summer of Love anthem "Love Life" - accompanied by many of their pals. That occasion was transmitted live by satellite to over 400 million TV viewers around the world.

Three of the four original Rutles will be present to record the song - Ron Nasty, Stig O'Hara and Barry Wom. The fourth Rutle - Dirk McQuickly - will not be available for the session. The Rutles issued a simple statement: "Sadly, Dirk is no longer with us. He's gone into comedy."

The Archaeology album and new single will both be issued worldwide on October 29 by Virgin Records. Aside from the new single, the album consists of material the band was working on when they broke up amid squabbles and lawsuits. Those tapes - until recently - had been buried in a time capsule "to thwart bootleggers. And tax authorities." The plan was for them to stay buried for a thousand years. When asked why The Rutles themselves dug up the legendary tapes, Ron Nasty simply stated, "Things change." All further queries have been referred to the band's accountants.

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It is still not known at this time whether the band will perform live to promote the new album. Watch these pages for the latest news on possible live appearances of The Rutles, and other pre-fab rumors!

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