About Neil

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Born

Born

Danbury, Essex Mother – Rita Mabel Hudson Father – Edward Charles Innes Brother – Iain Edward Charles Innes

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1950 – 1960

Family moved to Bad Harzburg, Germany (Father in Royal Artillery – Warrant Officer British Army Occupation of the Rhine) Attended Goslar Primary School (British Forces Education Service) Returned to England in 1955 Passed 11+ (after an Interview) Attended Thorpe Grammar School, Norwich A new Co Ed school, joined in the 2nd year Fell in love with Netball Team Passed 5 O Levels + 1 A Level Art

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1960

Attended Norwich Art School

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1962

Attended Goldsmiths College School of Art, London

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1963

Started playing with early Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (in the Royal College of Art canteen)

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1964 – 1965

Band played in various London Public Houses

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1966

Marriage to Yvonne Catherine Hilton in March Graduated Dip AD in Fine Arts in July Band turns professional and goes “Up North”

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1967

Miles Alexander is born on April 11th 1st Album “Gorilla” is released   Filming “Magical Mystery Tour” in Soho, London Christmas Special “Do Not Adjust Your Set” (Both shown on Boxing Day)

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1968

First Series “Do Not Adjust Your Set” Band becomes “Bonzo Dog Band” 2nd Album “The Doughnut In Grannie’s Greenhouse Hit Single “I’m The Urban Spaceman”

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1969

2nd Series “Do Not Adjust Your Set” 3rd and 4th Albums “Tadpoles” + “Keynsham” Isle of Wight Festival 1st and 2nd Bonzo USA Tours

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1970

Last Bonzo gig in January at the Lyceum, London

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1970

Bonzos wind up their business affairs Formed GRIMMS with “Scaffold” and Liverpool Poets “The World”“unfinished”album“LuckyPlanet”

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1971

Luke Zachary is born on April 13th

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1972

Bonzos (Contractual Obligation) Album “Lets Make Up And Be Friendly”

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1972

Joined forces with “Monty Python” Toured UK and Canada

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1973

1st with Tour with “GRIMMS” Henry Moore’s 75th Birthday in Italy Solo Album “How Sweet To Be An Idiot”

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1974

Monty Python Album “Live At Drury Lane” Music and Filming for “Holy Grail

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1975

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Rutland Weekend Television with Eric Idle

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1976

Monty Python at City Centre New York 1st “Secret Policeman’s Ball”

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1977

Solo Album “Taking Off” Saturday Night Live – The Rutles The Rutles “All You Need Is Cash”

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1978

Barnaby James born on September 20th BBC 2 Series 1 “The Innes Book Of Records”

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1979

Move to Suffolk BBC 2 Series 2 “The Innes Book Of Records” Album “The Innes Book Of Records”

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1980

Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl Series 3 “The Innes Book Of Records”

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1981

1st Tour of UK with One Man Show

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1982

Edinburgh Festival “A Nest of Intervals” Children’s TV “The Book Tower” Double Album “Off The Record”

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1983

Road crash on 1st May UK Tour “A Nest of Intervals”

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1984

Adapted Terry Jones’ “Fairy Tales” for C4

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1985

“Joe Public” Edinburgh Festival Series 1: “Puddle Lane”

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1986

Music for “Eric The Viking” Series 2: “Puddle Lane” Series 1: “The Raggy Dolls”

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1987

Series 3: “Puddle Lane” Series 2: “The Raggy Dolls”

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1988

Series 4: “Puddle Lane” Series 3: “The Raggy Dolls”

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1989

Series 5: “Puddle Lane” Series 4: “Raggy Dolls”

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1990

Series 5: “The Raggy Dolls”

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1991

Final “Puddle Lane” Series 6: “The Raggy Dolls”

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1992

First book: “Gloom, Doom, & Very Funny Money – Economics for Half-Wits” Edinburgh Festival: “More Jam Tomorrow” Series 7: “The Raggy Dolls” R.I.P. Ollie Halsall

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1993

Series 8: “The Raggy Dolls”

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1994

Series 9: “The Raggy Dolls” USA BeatleFests: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles CD: “Re-cycled Vinyl Blues”

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1995

Songs for “Wind In The Willows” BBC film “Be Safe With Fireworks” Watch Video R.I.P. Vivian Stanshall

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1996

2nd Rutles Album “Archaeology”

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1997

Los Angeles “Rutlefest”

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1998

TV Series: “Away With Words”

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2000

Grandson Max Jordan born 1st November “Recollections 1” CD – 14th May

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2001

“Rutles Unrugged” Tour of A14 R.I.P George Harrison “Recollections 2” CD – 17th February

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2002

Tour of New Zealand “Recollections 3 CD” Concert for George

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2003

Los Angeles “7th Python” Filming Melbourne Comedy Festival Sydney “Basement” Webcast

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2004

USA – “Short Stories and Tall Songs” (1st US Road Tour + Yvonne’s Blog) George Bush re-elected

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2005

“Spamalot” opens in New York CD “Works In Progress” “Neil Innes and Friends” UK + NYC 2nd US Road Tour + Yvonne’s Blog Granddaughter – Isabella born 20th November

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2006

Bonzo Reunion Concert and UK Tour “Neil Innes and Friends” US Tour

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2007

“Pour L’Amour Des Chiens” Album “Ego Warriors” + John Dowie – Edinburgh

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2008

“Rutlemania” 30th Anniversary USA “Neil Innes and Fatso” Reunion Tour

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2009

“Idiot Bastard Band” at the “Wilmington”

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2010

“A People’s Guide To World Domination” US and UK Tours + Yvonne’s Blog R.I.P. Simon Brunt

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2011

“An Evening With…” NFT “Idiot Bastard Band” at The Water Rats Audio Memoir project “Radio Noir” begins…

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2012

“Idiot Bastard Band” UK Tour

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2013

“Rutles” mini Tour of UK “Another Chance To Get It Right” – UK

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2014

“Rutles” UK Tour and Japan “The Art of Hopelessness” UK Tour

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2015

R.I.P. Bonnie Rose Bonzo 50th Anniversary + Rutles at Koko Audio Memoir “Radio Noir” continues…

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