Neil Innes

Neil Innes


Below you will find a message from Yvonne Innes – beloved wife of Neil Innes:

It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we have to announce the death of Neil James Innes on 29th December 2019.
We have lost a beautiful kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all.
 He died of natural causes quickly without warning and, I think, without pain.
His wife Yvonne and their three sons  Miles, Luke and Barney and three grandchildren Max Issy and Zac give thanks for his life, for his music and for the joy he gave us all.


In the 1960′s Neil Innes started the Bonzo Dog Band who had a song featured in The Beatles film, Magic Mystery Tour.

In the 1970′s, Neil worked closely with the Monty Python team, playing a major role in performing and writing songs for their sketches, even appearing in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a head banging monk.

In the years to follow, Neil was involved an eclectic body of work including children’s television appearances, and the well renowned Rutles album which parodied the Beatles Anthology.

Fast forward to late 2010 when the announcement was made that a new band, The Idiot Bastard Band had been formed, a comedy musical collective.

In recent years, Neil has continued to perform with the Rutles album and the Idiot Bastard band.






Neil Innes