Whoever said the way to Carnegie Hall was “practice, practice, practice” obviously never heard of Spinal Tap, the semi-fictitious heavy metal band that will take the boards at that hallowed venue on June 4.
The aging group, the subject of Rob Reiner’s 1984 mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap,” will take time out of its grueling five-date Back From the Dead Tour of the West Coast (see “Crank It Up To 11: Spinal Tap Returning To The Road” ) to headline the ninth annual Toyota Comedy Festival, according to a publicist for the event, which takes place at the Manhattan landmark.
Spinal Tap founders David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) are still searching for someone who’s got what it takes to sit behind the drum kit: a death wish. Everyone who has drummed for the band has died under mysterious circumstances, including Mick Shrimpton (R.J. Parnell), whose death by midconcert explosion was caught on film for “This Is Spinal Tap.”
The band’s last studio album was 1992’s largely ignored Break Like the Wind.