By Tim Saunders on
A dinner with a difference is for sale on Ebay. The organisers of Live Earth are auctioning a special meal with members of rock group Spinal Tap, as part of their lead-up to the Live Earth concerts on July 7.
The spoof heavy metal band has reformed to perform their new single, “Warmer Than Hell”, at the Live Earth event in London, and one lucky bidder and their guest will have the chance to accompany band members Nigel Tufnel, David St Hubbins, and Derek Smalls (the alter egos of comedians Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer) to an evening of culinary delights, fine wine… and interesting conversation.
Also attending the dinner will be film director Rob Reiner, creator of the 1984 “mockumentary” This Is Spinal Tap.
“They’re not that environmentally conscious,” joked Reiner about the band. “But they’ve heard of global warming. Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing, and if he took his jacket off it would be cooler.”
Bidding for the once in a lifetime dining extravaganza started at $2000, and is expected to eventually sell for over $5000. Proceeds from the auction will support the Alliance For Climate Protection, who hope to auction off other Live Earth memorabilia after the concerts. They have already confirmed that Derek Small’s Spinal Tap bass guitar will be up for sale on Ebay on July 12.
The Live Earth concert is a big step for the band, who are not used to performing at “real” charity gigs. In the past, Spinal Tap has been linked to fictitious organizations such as “Save The Ferret”, whose mission is to provide Ceaser salads to underprivileged ferrets, and “On Your Toes”, a foundation for those who suffer from misshapen feet.
Also as part of the Live Earth events, Rob Reiner has directed a new short film chronicling the trials of reuniting Spinal Tap for the first time since 2001’s “Back From The Dead” tour. The film shows the band rehearsing for the upcoming concert, and explains what the band members have been doing since their bitter breakup. It reveals that Nigel has been raising miniature horses to race, but cannot find jockeys small enough to ride them, David is now a hip hop producer who also runs a colonic clinic, and Derek is in rehab for internet addiction.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and is being shown in connection with various Live Earth events. It can also be viewed on the Live Earth website.
The Spinal Tap dinner auction runs until July 9, and can be viewed at www.ebay.com/liveearth.
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