Get ready to turn your amps back up to eleven sometime next year, because the mock-turned-real rock band Spinal Tap is planning its return!
The fictional band featured in Rob Reiner’s 1984 cult mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is planning a reunion for 2014, according to a recent interview with the movie’s star/band leader Christopher Guest.
“We get asked to do shows on a regular basis, but what I will say is that we’re in the midst of talking about something for next year,” Guest told The Guardian.
Though it’s still in the early stages of planning, this rumored reunion would make sense in its timing to coincide with the film’s 30th anniversary. The mockumentary style movie followed the fictional rock ‘n’ roll lives of Nigel Tufnel (Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) on the road of a failing tour.
Since the film’s release, the group has enjoyed a very real music career playing various live shows and festivals over the years. Guest even recalled Spinal Tap’s musical success including their most recent performance headlining Glastonbury Festival in 2009.
“There were 130,000 people there or something. Since the film 30 years ago we’ve gone on tour, playing Wembley, the Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall… It’s weird but great. The fiction became real,” Guest recalled in the interview.
In honor of this exciting news, revisit some of the best fake bands from TV and film who went on to make very real music.