Rob Reiner’s mock “rockumentary” classic comedy “This is Spinal Tap” is well over 25 years old but still has the following and relevance today of its early day release. The loud thunderous sound of the British heavy metal band known as Spinal Tap continues to keep the fans of these legendary classic rocking in the 21st century. The eccentric rock band is made up of the trio guitarist/singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), of lead guitarist/singer Tufnel (Christopher Guest), and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Reiner featured himself in the mock rockumentary as the “rockumentarian” named Marty Di Bergi. Reiner as Bergi has the great experience and misfortunate of having front row view of the musical failure of the band while they are on their tour around the world. The premise of the rockumentary was that the heavy metal band was in fact on the last and final tour when in fact that was only half of the tale once the rockumentary film was in the can.
This is Spinal Tap” was co-written by Reiner, Guest, McKean and Shearer. The rockumentary’s funny outtakes of the band on stage and off stage made this rockumentary a cult classic almost overnight. Following its release the band had reached cult rock star celebrity status. The movie and rockumentary spawn real life loyal fans and followers much to the surprise of the members. This led to the band playing real life rock concert to appease their new followers and give back something of real significance to their longstanding fans. In 1992, they went onto to release the much anticipated album “Break Like the Wind” and appeared together for a television special “The Return of Spinal Tap.” Since then Spinal Tap continues to rise as a cult classic band making vocal guest appearances on an episode of “The Simpsons” and the movie “Small Soldiers.”