It would later turn out that it was all a great misunderstanding. Nasty, whilst talking to a slightly deaf journalist, stated that the Rutles were bigger than Rod Stewart, who would not be big for another eight years.
In an interview on the subject, Ron stated that this proved that "[we're] all daft-- I'll probably get in trouble for that now." Nasty apologised to God and Rod to these statements.
Despite of the affect this had on Rutles fans, their concerts went along as planned. Some believe that The Rutles' true popularity resulted out of this, as this was the first big media coverage in the groups's history.