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Published on July 2, 2007
The last time Spinal Tap members Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls “reunited” on stage was back in 2001, for a nine-city “Back from the Dead Tour.” But with old tensions still unresolved, the musicians known for heavy metal hits like “Big Bottom” and “Stonehenge” couldn’t hold on to their brief union. They parted ways again, launched fresh careers involving ferrets and colonic chairs, and sadly, put music behind them. Until now.
According to “official” sources (Wikipedia that is) Spinal Tap plans to reunite again–this time performing at Live Earth this July 7 to help raise awareness for global warming. “They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming,” said This is Spinal Tap mockumentary filmmaker Marty DeBergi, “Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing–that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.”
The reunion marks the release of a new single titled “Warmer Than Hell” the group composed just for the occasion. Ticket holders for the London leg of the Live Earth tour will catch the band’s performance up close–while fans dispersed around the world will have to savor the musical moment online.
And, as an added bonus for die-hard fans: Director Rob Reiner has directed a short film taking us behind-the-scenes to reveal how Marty DeBergi successfully pushed past bad blood to bring the group back on stage for a “G” cause. The video includes a sneak performance of “Warmer than Hell”. Ultimately this video short sends an uplifting message around a daunting problem: every person, no matter how clueless, can do his part to save the planet.
Spinal Tap photo courtesy of Peter Noster