Spinal Tap (officially spelled Spın̈al Tap with a dotless letter "i" but a "metal umlaut" over the "n") is a parody heavy metal band that first appeared on a failed 1979 ABC TV sketch pilot called "The T.V. Show", starring Rob Reiner. 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. Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. The band members are portrayed by Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls.
This Is Spinal Tap was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name. In the years since the film was made, the actors who portrayed the band members have played concerts and released music under the Spinal Tap name.
Although the band is shown within the film as hailing from the United Kingdom, all the actors that play the band members were actually born in the United States, though Christopher Guest was raised in (and splits his time between) both countries, has dual citizenship, and a title of nobility: Baron Haden-Guest.
Guest, McKean, and Shearer toured in the U.S. in April and May 2009[update] and performed as Spinal Tap in a "One Night Only World Tour" on 30 June 2009 at Wembley Arena in London, three days after playing the Glastonbury Festival. Support at Wembley Arena came from the same trio's fictitious folk music band The Folksmen.
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