Spinal Tap (band)

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Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).wikipedia
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Michael McKean

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Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).
He has played roles in several Christopher Guest ensemble films, particularly as David St. Hubbins, lead vocalist and co-lead guitarist of the fictional rock band Spinal Tap in This Is Spinal Tap.

This Is Spinal Tap

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Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap.
It stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer as members of the fictional English heavy metal band Spinal Tap (who are characterized as "one of England's loudest bands"), and Reiner as Martin "Marty" Di Bergi, a documentary filmmaker who follows them on their American tour.

Nigel Tufnel

Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).
In the film, he is the lead guitarist of the rock band Spinal Tap.

Derek Smalls

Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).
He is the bassist for mock British heavy metal group Spinal Tap, playing alongside guitarists Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), as well as with a plethora of drummers and keyboardists.

David St. Hubbins

Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).
In the film, he is the lead singer and co-lead guitarist of the mock rock band Spinal Tap.

The Folksmen

Support at Wembley Arena came from the same trio's fictional folk music band The Folksmen.
The trio is best known for its depiction in the mockumentary film A Mighty Wind (2003), but has also made a number of meta-performances on stage and television, often in conjunction with the same creators' fictitious heavy metal band, Spinal Tap.

Harry Shearer

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Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).
The three core members of the band Spinal Tap—David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel—were portrayed by McKean, Shearer and Guest respectively.

Break Like the Wind

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Spinal Tap "reunited" in 1992 for Break Like the Wind, an album produced in part by T‑Bone Burnett, an accomplished musician and record producer.
Break Like the Wind is a 1992 album by the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap.

Rob Reiner

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The band first appeared on a 1979 ABC television sketch comedy pilot called The T.V. Show, starring Rob Reiner. The band played on the London leg of the SOS/Live Earth concert series, and Rob Reiner has directed a short film (entitled Spinal Tap) which was released on the Live Earth website on April 27.
He introduced Spinal Tap at the London Live Earth concert in July 2007.

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Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).

Back from the Dead (Spinal Tap album)

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A new album, Back from the Dead, was released on June 16, 2009.
Back from the Dead is a album by the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap.

Lenny and the Squigtones

Also in 1979, Guest and McKean were members of Lenny and the Squigtones, a band that was fronted by characters from the hit television series Laverne and Shirley.
The album is now a collector’s item because of credited guitar work by future Spinal Tap member Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest).

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Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) was a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls).
The letter is probably most commonly known for its use in the title of the fictional band Spın̈al Tap.

Loudon Wainwright III

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The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song "Rock and Roll Nightmare", was written by Reiner and the band, and included songwriter/performer Loudon Wainwright III on keyboards.

The Otto Show

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As part of the promotion surrounding Break Like the Wind, Spinal Tap was portrayed in "The Otto Show" episode of the animated series The Simpsons, for which Shearer is a principal voice actor.
In the episode, Bart decides that he wants to become a rock star after attending a Spinal Tap concert, so Homer and Marge buy him a guitar.

This Is Spinal Tap (album)

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This Is Spinal Tap was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

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A promotional concert tour followed, which included an appearance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, where they performed "The Majesty of Rock," a song they dedicated to Freddie Mercury.

Hear 'n Aid

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In 1985 at the invitation of Ronnie James Dio, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer took part in the heavy metal benefit project Hear 'n Aid, to raise money for Ethiopian refugees.
The project included contributions from Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Aldridge and members of Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Queensrÿche, Blue Öyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, Y&T, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Journey, W.A.S.P. and Night Ranger as well as the parody band Spinal Tap.

Spontaneous human combustion

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Spinal Tap's fictional history includes a succession of drummers, all of whom are said to have died in strange circumstances: one in a "bizarre gardening accident"; another who "choked on vomit" (a reference to the deaths of John Bonham, Bon Scott and Jimi Hendrix) — but not his own vomit; and, two from "spontaneous human combustion" onstage.

The Credibility Gap

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McKean and Shearer had previously been members of The Credibility Gap, a comedy troupe that did both spoken word and musical comedy, and had released a mini rock opera and at least one musical 7" single.
The group disbanded in 1979, but the members have had occasion to work together since—notably the pairings of McKean and Lander as Lenny and Squiggy on the situation comedy Laverne & Shirley (recording an album in character as "Lenny and the Squigtones") and Shearer and McKean as members of the mock-rock band Spinal Tap.

Live Earth concert, London

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The band played on the London leg of the SOS/Live Earth concert series, and Rob Reiner has directed a short film (entitled Spinal Tap) which was released on the Live Earth website on April 27.

Saturday Night Live

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The band Spinal Tap became a going concern, with the group (in character) playing gigs and appearing on a 1984 episode of Saturday Night Live to promote the film.
The three members of the Folksmen were the same three comedians: Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest, who also appeared on the same episode as the rock group Spinal Tap.

Joe Satriani

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In 1993, Nigel Tufnel appeared in the rockumentary Joe Satriani: The Satch Tapes.
Satriani is credited on many other albums, including guitar duties on shock rocker Alice Cooper's 1991 album Hey Stoopid, Spinal Tap's 1992 album Break Like the Wind, Blue Öyster Cult's 1988 album Imaginos, and band members Stu Hamm and Gregg Bissonette's solo albums.

Ric Parnell

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Notable for his work in the band Atomic Rooster, he is probably best known for his role as the ill-fated drummer Mick Shrimpton in the film This is Spinal Tap.

Steve Vai

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He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake, as well as recording with artists such as Public Image Ltd, Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne.