Blabbermouth reports that Spinal Tap will reunite for the 35th-anniversary screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
The band will deliver a live performance after the screening, followed by an interview with the movie’s director, co-writer and star, Rob Reiner.
“‘Spinal Tap’ proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever.
“‘This Is Spinal Tap’ was released to little fanfare in 1984 with some viewers convinced the bumbling dinosaurs – who had a knack of losing drummers in freak accidents – on screen were a genuine band.
“But word of mouth about the smartly observed film, which took a pop at bands such as Status Quo, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, spread and it became a sleeper hit.”
According to the Belfast Telegraph, McKean, Guest and Shearer prepared several scenes with Reiner but then ad-libbed. At the end of filming, they had more than 40 hours of footage, which was edited down to a more manageable form.
When “This Is Spinal Tap” was released, not everybody got that it was a “mockumentary.” U2’s The Edge immediately embraced it, saying: “I didn’t laugh, I wept. It was so close to the truth.”