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Spinal Tap reunites for global warming gig

By Staff
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LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) Mock rock legends Spinal Tap reunited for London's Live Earth concert, performing spoof environmental single ''Warmer Than Hell'' that describes the Devil complaining about high temperatures in Britain.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer were back together yesterday for the first time since 2004, when they celebrated the 20th anniversary of ''This is Spinal Tap'', the ''mockumentary'' movie that catapulted them to fame.

Rob Reiner, director of the film, introduced the band ahead of the appearance at Wembley Stadium, one of nine gigs being held across the world to raise awareness of climate change and encourage people and governments to go green.

''I'm about to introduce a rock band that has two great qualities; one, volume, and two, punctuality, important in any rock band,'' he told a crowd of around 63,000 people.

In a throwback to the movie, the group opened their brief set with ''Stonehenge'', complete with miniature-sized replicas of the ancient British monument carried on by two dancing dwarves in monks' habits.

Their second song was ''Warmer Than Hell'', especially written for Live Earth.

''Our new song takes the view of the Devil coming to Britain and remarking on how warm it is,'' Harry Shearer, alias Spinal Tap musician Derek Smalls, told Reuters ahead of the gig.

Spinal Tap completed their performance with a rousing rendition of ''Big Bottom'', when they were joined by more than a dozen artists from other bands at Wembley for the concert.

The group's contribution to Live Earth does not end there.

It has also agreed to host a dinner in Los Angeles for a fan who bids the most for the privilege on the online auction site eBay. As of yesterday evening, the highest bid was 5,000.52 dollar.


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