Pop Quiz: Spinal Tap

Aidin Vaziri | In between playing the washed-up rockers in Spinal Tap and the has-been Folksmen, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer have unwittingly become pop stars in their own right. After 25 years of touring on and off as the musical characters they portrayed in films such as “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “A Mighty Wind,” the trio is dropping the act for its Unwigged and Unplugged tour, appearing onstage as themselves and playing quieter versions of their cult hits.

Christopher Guest of Spinal Tap
Q: Do you expect to see a lot of open mouths when you first walk onstage without the wigs?
A: Potentially. I hope the advertising – which says it’s an unplugged, unwigged evening with our three names – gives people some kind of clue. If not, there’s a different problem. Then it’s a literacy issue.
Q: Without the leather pants, you guys look almost dignified.
A: Well, you know, dignity has a place, occasionally – maybe not every day, but once in a while.
Q: How does the line “The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin’ ” from “Big Bottom” work in an acoustic setting?
A: Well, that’s one of the most interesting versions of any of song we do. I’m not going to spoil the surprise, but we came up with something that is a radical departure. Continue reading.


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