Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall as the young age of 56
Rik Mayall may have died after fit in wake of bike accident
09 Jun 2014 By Anita Singh, Arts and Entertainment Editor
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FIFTY ODD YEARS OF BRITISH COMEDY – The Comic Strip
“We will not let you go (absolutely not)”
On this day 05 Nov – In 1987 – Brian May guest appearance with Bad News at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
On this day 16 Dec – In 1988 – Brian May made a guest appearance with Bad News and Jeff Beck at the The Marquee Club, London, UK.
BRIAN MAY (SOUNDS MAG MAY 1989): I love heavy metal and I don’t look down on it at all. But we’re not a heavy metal group. I think you have to love something to play it. When I produced Bad News (the spoof metal band created by The Young Ones stars Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall and Nigel Planer), I found that Ade Edmondson lives and breathes heavy rock music. And I love people that are so immersed in it that it’s serious. I love AC/DC – what they do, it’s very pure. But we’re not that way, so we can’t pretend we are. It’s good to be able to step back and see the funny side of it, because it kicks out some of the shit.
**Thu 18 Apr 02**
YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS – BEN ELTON
The writer and comedian Ben Elton, 42, was born to a family of academics in Catford, south London. He wrote his first play at the age of 15, and in 1977 he went to Manchester University to study drama, and there he met his future collaborators, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson. After graduating, he became the BBC’s youngest-ever scriptwriter, co-writing The Young Ones and Blackadder.
Bad News (with Brian May) – Bad News
Bad News – Bohemian Rhapsody
BAD NEWS “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Wogan
Bohemian Rhapsody murdered, plus interview with the band – Broadcast on BBC1 in 1987. Bad News are:- Vim Fuego/Alan Metcalf (Adrian Edmondson), Colin Grigson (Rik Mayall), Den Dennis (Nigel Planer), and Spider Webb (Peter Richardson)