I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers Spinal Tap being a very big influence on their life when they were a kid. I remember it was 1984 and I saw this article in a magazine in the school library about this forthcoming mockumentary. I was 14 years old. I convinced a handful of friends that we HAD to see this movie when it came out. Brother, I would never feel the same way about how I approach making music ever again!
That’s why I was so excited to hear that SPINAL TAP was working on a 25th Anniversary “comeback” album. Then, today I read this in Billboard…Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are leaving the costumes and wigs at home but will still play the music of their cinematic alter egos Spinal Tap, as well as the Folksmen from “A Mighty Wind” on a 30-date concert tour this spring. How awesome is that?!
The six-week theater trek, dubbed Unwigged & Unplugged: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, kicks off April 17 in Vancouver and runs through May 31 in Milwaukee. Tickets go on sale starting Friday (March 6).
“We’ve never gone out as ourselves,” Shearer said Monday during a webcast teleconference at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. “It’s interesting; after playing characters all these years, we’re having meetings trying to figure out who WE are…We have to ask ourselves, ‘What would WE do?'”
The shows’ repertoire will be drawn from the two Spinal Tap albums — “This is Spinal Tap” and “Break Like the Wind” — as well as the soundtrack to the Guest-directed “A Mighty Wind.” At the press conference Guest, McKean and Shearer played a short set that included Spinal Tap’s “Hell Hole” and “Sex Farm” and “Old Joe’s Place” from “A Mighty Wind.”