Spinal Tap announced at a press conference yesterday that they will be going on tour later this spring –- but not as Spinal Tap. Confused? Let me explain. The core Tap trio of actor-comedians, Christopher Guest (aka “Nigel Tufnell”), Michael McKean (“David St. Hubbins”), and Harry Shearer (“Derek Smalls”), are hitting the road for a 30-date “Unwigged & Unplugged” tour, which starts on April 17 in Vancouver, B.C., and ends in Milwaukee on May 31. And they will be playing songs from both 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap and 2003’s A Mighty Wind, in which the three played aging folkies The Folksmen. BUT they will be leaving their Tap outfits –- and, in Shearer’s case, the foil-wrapped vegetables -– behind and perform as themselves. The Tap are also set to release a new CD on May 25. I can’t confirm at the moment as to whether they will try to “milk it for a few more years in Europe.”
So what do you think PopWatchers? Will Stonehenge still be funny without the spandex? Or, for that matter, a very small Stonehenge? And, as a supplementary question, which real-life, follically-challenged British rock act is rumored to have actually taken a wig roadie –- a “hair technician”, if you will -– on the road with them?