Here Roger Ruskin Spear plays the dress form to piano accompaniment on Strauss' Blue Danube:
The First Annual Detroit Rock and Roll Revival, in May of 1969, my last summer in 'Merka. That's where I first heard Bonzo Dog Band and was amazed at the performance they put on. Check out that line-up: Among the other band that performed that weekend were MC5, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Dr. John, Johnny Winter, Stooges, Amboy Dukes, SRC, The Frost, The Rationals, Teegarden & Van Winkle, Lyman Woodard, Up, Wilson Mower Pursuit, Grand Funk Railroad, Third Power, New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, David Peel & The Lower East Side, Red White & Blues Band, Sky, The Train, Savage Grace, James Gang, Caste, Gold Brothers, Dutch Elm, Plain Brown Wrapper, Brownsville Station.
When I moved to Canada, I took with me my love of the Bonzos with me. However, I found that most of the people I tried to turn on to The Bonzos already knew who they were, from the British/Monty Python influence.
|Bonzo Dog Band performing at the First Annual Detroit Roch and Roll Revival. Photo by Alan Gotkin.|
Amazingly, I find that Roger Ruskin Spear still has a few dates on his calendar, even tho' Neil Innes has him retired, with Three Bonzos and a Piano.
I will go on record again: Bonzo Dog Band is the most influential band no one knows.
Let's end with a Roger Ruskin Spear Jukebox:
As always CRANK IT UP!!!