Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Goes Solo with Star-Stuffed Solo Album ‘Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)’ — Listen

Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Goes Solo with Star-Stuffed Solo Album ‘Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)’ — Listen

Age really isn’t anything more than a number. That much is true, and it’s repeated on the opening track (er, “Openture”) to Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), the new solo album from Spinal Tap’s famous bassist, Derek Smalls (otherwise known as Harry Shearer). The album is available today, and features a simply awe-inspiring list of […]

Q&A: Judith Owen on Songwriting, Singing Backup for Spinal Tap and Music’s Role in Mental Health

Q&A: Judith Owen on Songwriting, Singing Backup for Spinal Tap and Music’s Role in Mental Health

With her new album Somebody’s Child, British singer/songwriter Judith Owen delivers an exceptional album conjuring the confessional Laurel Canyon music of yesterday — think Carole King, Judee Sill, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell — while infusing the artist’s own distinctive flair with sophisticated musical textures and hard-hitting lyrics. The album, which features seasoned accompaniment in the […]

Four Decades of Hellfire with Judas Priest (Interview)

Four Decades of Hellfire with Judas Priest (Interview)

The 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap depicted the insanity of life on the road with the fictional heavy metal band. To prepare for the film, director Rob Reiner attended a concert by metal icons Judas Priest. “It physically hurt my chest,” said Reiner. “The reverberation in the hall was so strong that I couldn’t […]

Buzz: Spinal Tap to Reunite, Tour in 2014?

Buzz: Spinal Tap to Reunite, Tour in 2014?

In a new interview with the Guardian, Christopher Guest hinted that Spinal Tap may be getting the band back together next year for a tour of some sort. When asked about a potential reunion, Guest said: We get asked to do shows on a regular basis. But what I will say is that we’re in […]