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Spinal Tap Reunites For Live Earth

Legendary heavy metal group/Shure endorsers want to help save the world

LONDON, ENGLAND–If there is indeed merely a fine line between clever and stupid, then why not trust Spinal Tap to help save the world from the devastation of global climate change? So thought the organizers of Save Our Selves (SOS) at least, who put on the Live Earth concerts held across seven continents on July 7th.

As related in a new 15-minute film created by Rob Reiner, director of 1984′s This is Spinal Tap, members of the band were located and brought back together for Live Earth with the help of documentarian Marty DeBergi (a role played by Reiner in the original movie, as well as in this year’s film). Spinal Tap has, of course, reunited several other times in the past, including once in 2001 for a Shure-hosted concert at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Performing at Live Earth before a throng of frenzied fans packing Wembley Stadium, the original members of Spinal Tap–singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer)–scorched the stage, startled the horses clear across town in Buckingham Palace’s Royal Mews, and shattered eardrums with a set list including the incendiary hit “Big Bottom”, cult favorite “Stonehenge”, and a new single written especially for the occasion, “Warmer Than Hell”. As longstanding Shure endorsers, Tap relied upon a bevy of the Niles, Illinois-based company‘s products to get them through the show including Beta 58s on vocals, and Shure wireless on guitar and bass.

“We’re not really known as an environmentally conscious band, but we have heard of global warming,” St. Hubbins said backstage after the show. “At first Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing–if he took his jacket off it would be cooler and that would be the end of it. Such is clearly not the case, however, the problem runs much deeper. We’re glad to come out and support this vital cause, and our thanks goes out to Shure as well for their continuing support. Things have a way of going wrong sometimes when we play, but Shure has never failed us, not even once.”

Marty DeBergi also used his new short film to reveal what Tap has been up to lately. Nigel is seen in one segment raising miniature horses to race, but can’t find jockeys small enough to ride them. David is a hip-hop producer who also manages a colonic irrigation clinic, and Derek is in rehab trying to kick his addiction to the Internet.

Photos of Derek Smalls, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins are avaialbe upon request

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