“This is Spinal Tap” Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Submitted by Jorge Luis Marzo, speaking of fake documentaries:

spinal_tap_wideweb-200From Wikipedia: Spinal Tap is a parody heavy metal band that first appeared on a failed 1979 ABC TV sketch comedy pilot called “The T.V. Show”, starring Rob Reiner. The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song “Rock and Roll Nightmare”, was written by Reiner and the band, and included songwriter/performer Loudon Wainwright on keyboards. Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary / “mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. The band members are portrayed by Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls). The same trio of actors subsequently reunited as the American folk music revival band The Folksmen in the 2003 mockumentary A Mighty Wind.

On March 2, 2009, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer held a press conference at the House of Blues in Los Angeles to announce their forthcoming album of new and old Spinal Tap songs, plus a 2009 “Unwigged & Unplugged” tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film, This Is Spinal Tap. According to an L.A. Weekly report, when MTV News’ Kurt Loder asked the trio “if they had plans beyond an album and tour, Shearer answered, ‘We’re gonna bomb Iran.'”

On Saturday June 27 2009, Spinal Tap performed on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival… One of the unexpected highlights for Tap fans was a rendition of the newly-written overture from the mythical Jack the Ripper musical “Saucy Jack”. Also on the bill were Kasabian, Crosby Stills & Nash and Bruce Springsteen. On Tuesday 30 June 2009 Spinal Tap performed at Wembley Arena…

Official Spinal Tap Website
Watch This is Spinal Tap movie here.

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