The latest addition to the lineup for Al Gore’s Live Earth mega-show is metal/comedy legends Spinal Tap; they’ll be playing the Wembley Stadium installment of the global concert, which is starting to look like Live Aid, what with Madonna, Genesis, and Duran Duran also on the bill.
“They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming,” said [This Is Spinal Tap director Rob] Reiner. “Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing – that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.”
This budding awareness is borne out in the lyrics to new material recorded by the band, including a new single, Warmer than Hell. Reiner provided a sneak peak [sic!!] at the lyrics: “The devil went to Devon, it felt like the fourth degree/He said, ‘Is it hot in here, or is it only me?’” It is hoped the single will contain a three-minute solo by bassist Derek Smalls.
The band will appear at the Al Gore-organized Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium, this July 7. Reiner, a long time environmentalist, explained his hopes for the concert.
“What I think is going to be nice about this whole effort is there will be marching orders for people,” he said. “Not only from a personal standpoint of what individuals can do in their lives, but a macro perspective with respect to the public sector and government.”
Haha, that Rob Reiner! What a funny guy, right? Wait, why aren’t you laughing?
Spinal Tap to reform for Live Earth [Guardian Music]