Anvil was a band who toured with Mötorhead and The Scorpions in the 80s, but after coming so close to superstardom, have since faded into relative obscurity (see picture above, featuring the one guy at their show sitting in a chair and headbanging next to a speaker). Anvil is the documentary about the band, and judging by the trailer below, it looks like Spinal Tap meets The Wrestler, except real. And if that comparison didn’t make you at least a little bit moist, well then you’re not invited to my fireman party.
Read the rest of this entry »
Spinal Tap members Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer have announced a 30-city reunion tour beginning April 17th in Vancouver, Canadia. But not so fast, because this tour has an important distinction.
The actors are leaving their wigs and costumes in their closets for the “Unwigged and Unplugged” tour.
“When we were doing the Tap show, it was 90 minutes to 120 minutes of really, really hard work and running up and down the rafters, and we had big special effects, and we played electric instruments, and we had wigs, and we got very sweaty,” said McKean, who played lead singer David St. Hubbins. “This is none of that.” [MSN]
This is great for me because I love Spinal Tap, but I’ve always thought, why all the costumes and production value? I mean, what I really want is the vicarious experience of being an aging actor with a hobbie. Ooh! Sing a song about going to the DMV!
I’m not sure at what point the minds behind the smart people channels decided to start wearing their big-boy pants, but hot on the heels of Green Porno with Isabella Rossalini comes this video, Stonehenge Decoded, starring Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap. In it, Tufnel posits his theory that Stonehenge was built by a single man.
It’s part of a promotion for the upcoming National Geographic Channel special Stonehenge Decoded. I’m not sure why Stonehenge needs another program – you, me, and George Lucas already know it was built by extraterrestrials.
In any case, it remains to be seen whether these star-studded promos will be a more effective advertising strategy than the previous one, hearing your stoned roommate shout, "Holy shit dude, this is blowing my fuckin mind right now!" from the next room.