The mock heavy metal group immortalised in the 1984 parody movie This is Spinal Tap will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the Live Earth concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7.
The original members of Spinal Tap will be there: guitarist Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest), singer David St Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Rob Reiner, who both directed This is Spinal Tap and played the fake documentary maker Marty DeBergi in the film, will also be in attendance.
Reiner said: “They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming.
“Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing — that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.”
Spinal Tap have reunited several times since the film, but not for a number of years. For the band — whose last album was 1992’s Break like the Wind — the occasion warranted a new single: Warmer Than Hell.
Reiner provided a sneak peek at the lyrics: “The devil went to Devon, it felt like the fourth degree. He said, ‘Is it hot in here, or is it only me?’”
The director said the new short film explained what the band had been doing with their lives lately. Nigel has been raising miniature horses to race, but can’t find jockeys small enough to ride them; David is now a hip-hop producer who also runs a colonic clinic; and Derek is in rehab for addiction to the internet.