Fans eagerly waiting for Spinal Tap's first tour since 2001 are going to be in for a shock this spring when the three band members will be performing both out-of-character and without electric instruments.
"Actors/Directors/Musicians and Comedy Icons Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are doing something they have never done before; performing a six week, 30 city multi-media acoustic tour without wigs and electric instruments," the band writes on their Unwigged & Unplugged website.
Unwigged & Unplugged: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will feature music from Spinal Tap's history along with music from A Mighty Wind; another band made up of the Spinal Tap members. "With this being the 25th Anniversary of the film This is Spinal Tap, we thought this would be a fun and at the same time, a little challenging, as we have never performed as ourselves," writes Spinal Tap. "Think of the evening as three old friends jamming in your living room. As opposed to OUR living rooms; we won't be home."
Along with the upcoming tour, the band is hard at work recording a new studio album which will reportedly be released on May 26, according to Billboard.com.
The tour dates are:
04/17 - Vancouver, B.C. - Center for the Performing Arts 04/19 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium 04/20 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre 04/22 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre 04/23 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl 04/26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern 04/27 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre 04/29 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre 05/01 - Houston, TX - Jesse H, Jones Hall 05/02 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre 05/04 - Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre 05/05 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore 05/06 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live 05/08 - St. Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theatre 05/09 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre 05/10 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 05/12 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House 05/13 - Washington, D.C. - Warner Theatre 05/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre 05/17 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre 05/19 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre 05/21 - Toronto, ONT - Massey Hall 05/22 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods 05/23 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur Theatre 05/24 - Atlantic City, NJ - Music Box at The Borgata 05/26 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 05/27 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 05/29 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre 05/30 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre 05/31 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 6. Additional tour information can be found here.
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.