To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rob Reiner's 1984 rock-mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap
, the original members of Spinal Tap have announced a "One Night Only World Tour" at London's Wembley Arena. The event takes place June 30, after bandmates Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean complete their "Unwigged & Unplugged"
tour across the U.S. and Canada.
Scratching your head about the limited run of the tour? Think you're getting shafted with large meats and cheeses on miniature bread? Says bassist Derek Smalls to the BBC, "One night is not enough, and it's way too much." Adds lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, "If we're going to do a World tour on only one night, at least it's this world."
The tour will double as a tribute not only to the film that launched Spinal Tap's career, but also to the numerous drummers who died while playing with the band, including their first drummer, John "Stumpy" Pepys, who met his doom in a bizarre gardening accident. A couple other notable Spinal Tap drummer ways to go include death by vomit (somebody else's vomit, not his) and spontaneous combustion.
"This show will be dedicated to all of our drummers who have passed on,
either to their reward or to middle management at Sainsbury's," comments David St. Hubbins. May they all rest in peace.
Tickets for the event go on sale April 9. In the meantime, take a look at this cool take on one of the film's iconic scenes.
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