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J Fletcher

 

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Post  Posted 15 May 2024 9:59 am    
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Just curious . Who is playing pedal steel on this "tribute" to Elton John ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWaaZJWSsJA
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania and Gallatin, Tennessee
Post  Posted 15 May 2024 10:15 am    
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Looks like Roger Rettig at the end there on the a capella segment. If it's not him, I'm pretty confident he can tell us who it is.
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post  Posted 15 May 2024 10:47 am    
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Here's Roger in a different piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJFLiW10ZrE
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Dan Kelly


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Post  Posted 16 May 2024 2:06 am    
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So, George Harrison had a good sense of humor! That was funny! I liked Roger's look of complete incredulity, too!

Thanks for the link, Jon! Smile
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Jon Light


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Post  Posted 16 May 2024 2:27 am    
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Dan Kelly wrote:
So, George Harrison had a good sense of humor! That was funny! I liked Roger's look of complete incredulity, too!


Life Of Brian lost its funding with the last second withdrawal of support by cold-footed money people just before shooting was to start. Possibly the death of the project. George hocked his house and raised the $$ to produce it.
I love this story. I always saw George a different way after this.
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Roger Rettig


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Naples, FL
Post  Posted 16 May 2024 5:26 am    
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That was me: I did all Neil Innes' stuff during those years.

In any case, it's unmistakably by cliche-ridden library of licks. I actually think the tone is quite good (my old ZB) even if the execution is somewhat wanting.

At the end of the 'Elton' clip, that's the band (Fatso) doing the barber-shop thing. I'm the largest one...

The other miscreants are Brian Hodgson (bass), Billy Bremner (gtr) and 'Admiral' John Halsey (drums).
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Roger Rettig


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Naples, FL
Post  Posted 16 May 2024 5:32 am    
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Re; George's song.

Throughout the episode (30'), George would keep appearing dressed as a pirate. Eric Idle would keep imploring him to be 'George' until, finally and as the show's closer, we launch into 'My Sweet Lord', GH descends the steps in normal clothes and we're all supposed to look 'shocked-and-stunned' as he veers off course and we get 'The Pirate Song'.

We did play a few verses of MSL during rehearsal; it's a shame that no longer exists.
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J Fletcher

 

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Post  Posted 17 May 2024 9:13 am    
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Thanks for all the responses . Have been a fan of this British style nonsense , in the best sense of the word , since hearing the Bonzo Dog Band in the late 60's .
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post  Posted 17 May 2024 2:29 pm    
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I love your playing, Roger.
Your playing the stuff that makes people want to play the steel guitar!
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Roger Rettig


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Post  Posted 18 May 2024 6:55 am    
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Chris:

You're too kind!
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Per Berner


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Skövde, Sweden
Post  Posted 18 May 2024 7:10 am    
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Good tongue-in-cheek fun, like most things Neil Innes was involved in. Love the Elton glasses... Actually, in that pirate thingy, George Harrison is almost a dead ringer for Eric Idle (the way Eric used to look in those days, not in this specific clip). Time to watch Life of Brian again, for the umpteenth time...
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Willis Vanderberg


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Post  Posted 22 May 2024 9:02 pm    
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More Roger
https://youtu.be/OreUqQnF2YM?si=IV9Rln8xZfdr-MFE
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