A quarter-century after the film "This Is Spinal Tap" catapulted a certain hapless, fictional heavy-metal group into the annals of rock music history, its three founding members will embark on a six-week, 30-city North American tour minus costumes, wailing electric guitars and even their signature 18-inch Stonehenge set.
Pop satirists Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer will play "Unwigged & Unplugged," as they've dubbed the tour that starts April 17 in Vancouver and includes an April 26 date at the Wiltern. Besides revamping the Spinal Tap material -- the volume famously cranked to 11 on their custom amps -- for an acoustic trio, they will play material from their more recent spoof about the folk music scene, "A Mighty Wind."
"We've never gone out as ourselves," Shearer said Monday from the House of Blues in West Hollywood, where he was accompanied by Guest and McKean at a news conference unveiling the tour. "So we've been holding lots of meetings trying to figure out who we are."
The musicians opened with a medley and segued from such Spinal Tap material as "Hell Hole" and "Sex Farm" to "Celtic Blues," one of the songs created by "A Mighty Wind's" faux-folk group, the Folksmen.