After close to a decade apart, iconic rockers Spinal Tap have reunited for a one-off performance.
Back in 1984, the world of rock music changed completely following the release of Rob Reiner’s mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
Intended to be a parody of most rock and roll bands of the era, many artists – including Ozzy Osbourne and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler – famously didn’t realise the film was fictitious, recognising many satirical incidents as fact.
Over the years, the film has garnered a strong cult following, and has even resulted in the once-fictitious band becoming a real entity. While the band would record a handful of albums over the years, and perform live on numerous occasions, the world has been rather Tap-less since 2009.
Late last year though, it was announced that in honour of the film’s 35th anniversary, The Tap would be getting back together for a special one-off performance as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Check out Spinal Tap performing ‘Gimme Some Money’ with Elvis Costello:
Appearing as an acoustic trio for the most part (likely because they couldn’t find anyone willing to serve as their drummer), Spinal Tap performed their first gig in almost 10 years over the weekend, with an array of beloved tracks in their arsenal.
Kicking things off with ‘Celtic Blues’ from 2009’s Back From The Dead, the band delved into a number of classics including ‘Hell Hole’, ‘Big Bottom’, and finishing things off with ‘Sex Farm’.
However, the trio’s penultimate tune featured a special guest, with Elvis Costello joining them for a rendition of ‘Gimme Some Money’.
Prior to their performance though, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer all took part in a Q&A with director Rob Reiner, revealing a number of interesting tidbits, including that over 40 hours of footage was originally recorded for the film.
While there’s no word yet as to whether we’ll see an extensive director’s cut down the line, or if Spinal Tap will hit the road again, you can rest easy knowing that even 35 years later, the iconic film is still as beloved as it ever was.
Check out Spinal Tap’s reunion performance in New York City:
Spinal Tap @ Tribeca Film Festival, New York City 27/4/19 Setlist
‘(Listen To The) Flower People’
‘Rainy Day Sun’
‘All The Way Home’
‘Gimme Some Money’ (with Elvis Costello)