Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap) Announce UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED Tour

     March 2, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Earlier this morning I went to the House of Blues to see Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer announce their new tour. If you don’t recognize the names, they’re the guys behind both Spinal Tap and The Folksmen (from “A Mighty Wind”). But unlike previous tours that have focused on the characters they play, for their upcoming spring tour, they’re going out as themselves! Also, they’re going to play unplugged!

They also announced:

  • They’re recording a new album that will feature “original studio versions” of the first Spinal Tap album (it was recorded live back in the early 80’s). It’s due for release May26th.
  • They’re currently working on getting more Spinal Tap music on Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band.
  • The tour starts April 17th and it goes till May 31st. Full schedule is at bottom of article.

So to help get the press excited this morning, the guys came out and played acoustically for about 5 minutes. Since they let us tape the event….here’s the video.

After the performance, the guys did a twenty or so minute Q&A with Kurt Loder hosting the event. I managed to tape it, but due to not having a tri-pod, it might be a little shaky….Finally, the tour dates are below the Q&A or you can go to for more info.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer Q&A part 1

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer Q&A part 2

Finally, here are the tour dates and tour information is available at
April 17: Vancouver, B.C. (Center for the Performing Arts)
April 19: Portland, Ore. (Keller Auditorium)
April 20: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
April 22: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount Theatre)
April 23: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara County Bowl)
April 26: Los Angeles (The Wiltern)
April 27: Phoenix, Ariz. (Dodge Theatre)
April 29: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
May 1: Houston, Texas (Jesse H, Jones Hall)
May 2: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
May 4: Jacksonville, Fla. (Florida Theatre)
May 5: Miami (The Fillmore)
May 6: Orlando, Fla, (Hard Rock Live)
May 8: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Mahaffey Theatre)
May 9: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
May 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
May 12: Baltimore (Lyric Opera House)
May 13: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
May 14: Philadelphia (Keswick Theatre)
May 17: Columbus, Ohio (Palace Theatre)
May 19: Cleveland, Ohio (State Theatre)
May 21: Toronto (Massey Hall)
May 22: Mashantucket, Conn. (MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods)
May 23: Boston (The Wilbur Theatre)
May 24: Atlantic City, N.J. (Music Box at The Borgata)
May 26: New York (Beacon Theatre)
May 27: New York (Beacon Theatre)
May 29: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
May 30: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
May 31: Milwaukee, Wis. (Riverside Theatre)

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