As Michael McKean said in the brilliant rock-mockumentary classic This Is Spinal Tap, “it’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” My fine line must fall somewhere between confused and ignorant, because I had no idea McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer were reuniting for an album of “new and old songs,” much less a cross-country tour.
That means their performance tonight on Jay Leno instantly becomes must-see TV in my book (and yours too, hopefully?) If performance comedy isn’t your thing, then you could do far worse than Stevie Nicks on Jimmy Fallon or Ray LaMontagne on David Letterman. (Far worse being Les Claypool on Jimmy Kimmel. Zing!)
Also scheduled for tonight:
Ray LaMontagne on The Late Show with David Letterman
Stevie Nicks on Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
Les Claypool on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Cold War Kids on Last Call with Carson Daly