In the early 1980s, the hard rocking band Spinal Tap (comprised of Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls) epitomize an era of vice and excess. Unabashedly sexual and bold enough to experiment with a variety of styles, the band’s history is a litany of controversy, infighting, and a long line of dead drummers. Spinal Tap was also, of course, completely fictional; they’re the subject of Rob Reiner’s mockumentary (which actually coined the term “rockumentary”) This is Spinal Tap, released in 1984.
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Still, the actors who wore the cucumber-stuffed spandex pants (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer) are reuniting for one-night-only to thrill fans with hits like “Big Bottoms”, “Sex Farm”, “Bitch School”, “Clam Caravan”, and “Stonehenge”! It’s part of next year’s Tribeca Film Festival running April 24th through May 5th, 2019, and the event will culminate in a sit-down with Reiner where the quartet will likely discuss the film’s 30-year legacy.
Yes, we know This is Spinal Tap is a comedy and the band is a joke, but a huge percentage of horror fans have mad love for heavy metal—even when the bands aren’t real! If you’ve never experienced the side-splitting cult classic, give the synopsis and trailer for This is Spinal Tap a look-see below.
This Is Spinal Tap shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.