This year, fans of the whole genre of rock and roll are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the landmark mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. At a screening over the weekend in New York as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, Spinal Tap themselves cranked it up to 11 once again as they reunited for a live performance, their first such one in over a decade.
Following the film and a Q&A, David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) got back together on the Beacon Theatre stage for an acoustic set. The trio joked through a performance of memorable tunes from Rob Reiner’s heavy metal movie, including “Hell Hole”, “Big Bottom”, “Rainy Day Sun”, and “Clam Caravan”. Before closing with “Sex Farm”, they welcomed out a surprise guest in Elvis Costello, who joined them for “Gimme Some Money”.
Closing the set, Hubbins/McKean teased the crowd with more shows to come: “We will see you in another 35 years!”
Watch footage of the reunion below.