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‘Spinal Tap’ bassist Derek Smalls to release debut studio album in April; hear title track

Posted by on January 17, 2018

Last summer it was unconfirmed when we heard Harry Shearer, the one who played Derek Smalls in This Is Spinal Tap was recording his debut solo album, Smalls Change. Those rumored details have finally been confirmed and bassist Small’s’ debut solo effort Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) will arrive on April 13th via Twanky Records/BMG. […]

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Harry Shearer to release Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls’ debut solo album

Posted by on June 9, 2017

Time flies when you realize it has been thirty-three years since the mockumentary classic This is Spinal Tap premiered in 1984. Just think about it, we have been saying the phrase, “turn it up to 11” for well over a quarter of a century. It has been reported that Harry Shearer, the one who played […]

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Vivendi seeks dismissal of Spinal Tap’s $400 million lawsuit

Posted by on March 1, 2017

Last year, Harry Shearer filed a lawsuit against Vivendi Universal about This is Spinal Tap, a classic 1984 film that started the mockumentary genre that’s continued on to this day. And while there have been plenty of lawsuits against movie studios or record labels, the lawsuit alleged that Shearer and co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean […]

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Remember When: Spinal Tap confronted Metallica about a certain album cover?

Posted by on February 13, 2017

It’s not that often when metal creeps its way into mainstream pop culture. So when metal/hard rock acts do actually pop up in beloved sitcoms, dramatic films, cartoons or even reality series, it’s kind of awesome. So in the weekly column Remember When, Metal Insider recalls the most random instances of metal’s elite appearing in front […]

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Harry Shearer: This is Spinal Tap…’s lawsuit

Posted by on October 18, 2016

1984 mockumentary This is Spinal Tap is required viewing for anyone in a band. The Rob Reiner-directed film about the waning days of a hapless heavy metal band is hysterical and much of it still holds true today. The film’s stars, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean co-created the film and also wrote and played […]

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Metal Insider’s Top 10: Heaviest SNL Musical Guests

Posted by on February 15, 2015

Since launching in 1975, Saturday Night Live has become a mainstay for comedy. And while the live TV sketch show is renowned for its timely and sometimes politically incorrect satire, it’s also been revered for its musical performances from rising stars and music legends. Granted, SNL’s music guest often lean towards more mainstream acts, but […]

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Fall Out Boy Pay Tribute To Spinal Tap on ‘Conan’

Posted by on April 18, 2013

Sure, Fall Out Boy are about as far away from metal as possible, even though Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley are in The Damned Things. However, when they played their new single, “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” on Conan yesterday, they paid tribute to one of the best movies ever, This is […]

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