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Spinal Tap To Release "Unwigged" DVD

Billboard.com is reporting:

The trio behind SPINAL TAP and THE FOLKSMEN has set a September 1 release date for a DVD of their recent concert tour.

Unwigged & Unplugged: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer features an entire 35-track performance filmed at their May 31 show at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee. The show features Spinal Tap material from the film This is Spinal Tap and the albums Break Like the Wind and this year's Back From The Dead, as well as some of the Folksmen tracks from the Guest-written and -directed 'A Mighty Wind'. Guest, McKean and Shearer were joined on the tour by "Back From the Dead" producer CJ Vanston as well as McKean's wife Annette O'Toole, who co-wrote 'A Mighty Wind's' Academy Award-nominated duet 'A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow'.

"It's a great way to present these songs," Shearer, who wrote liner notes for the DVD, told Billboard.com during the tour. "We had done this a couple of times in just very casual and almost accidental situations...and people seemed to enjoy it. So it was in the back of our minds, 'Well, one of these days we'll do more of that.' "

The trio wanted to do something to commemorate this year's 25th anniversary of "This is Spinal Tap" as well, Shearer said, and not necessarily go out with "a full-on Spinal Tap tour."

"We're not big fans of repeating ourselves," he explained. "And in terms of the state of the economy, it wasn't the time to be going around with three semis worth of stage stuff and charging people 75 bucks to see us be Spinal Tap. So we thought, 'Let's do that other thing now. That'll be fun.'"

Source: Billboard

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