Spinal Tap Looking For New Drummer

Considering that the band has lost drummers to spontaneous combustion, asphyxiation, and a bizarre gardening accident, perhaps playing drums with Spinal Tap isn't the safest gig in the metal world.

However, the band is in the market for a new drummer to replace Mick Fleetwood (who has apparently escaped the gig with his health intact) and is looking to the Internet for help. The semi-fictional metal dunces have teamed with Listen.com to stage a search for a new Tap drummer and to promote the upcoming home video re-release of 1984's "This Is Spinal Tap," the film that introduced the world to rock's most hapless band.

Frontman David St. Hubbins, guitarist Nigel Tufnel, and bassist Derek Smalls are asking would-be drummers to submit a 50-word essay on why they should sit behind the kit for Tap as well as a photo or video of themselves in their best Tap-type duds to Listen.com (at www.listen.com).

One winner will wind up with a trip to Hollywood to meet the band, a drum kit, and VHS and DVD copies of the re-mastered movie "This Is Spinal Tap." Listen.com notes that the winner will not actually get to drum with Spinal Tap.

As we previously reported, "This Is Spinal Tap" will finally hit DVD and VHS on September 12 after being out of print for several years (see "Spinal Tap To Roar Again"). The new releases will boast new audio commentary from the cast, an hour's worth of deleted scenes, beefed up sound and video, and more.