This is Spinal Tap, the landmark mockumentary, just turned 30 last week, and to celebrate, the film is getting a re-release via AMC's YEAH! app. From tomorrow until April 11th, a new "Special Features Version" of the film will be available to watch for free via YEAH!, complete with a whole bunch of interviews and extras. Today, Rolling Stone premiered an excerpt of an interview with Rob Reiner, the film's director, and you can watch it above.
Using Oscar Wilde's phrase "life imitates art" to describe Spinal Tap's legacy, Reiner describes a couple of incidents that occurred after the film's release that seem almost too coincidental. The first deals with the "bizarre gardening accident" that led to the demise of one of fictitious rock band Spinal Tap's drummers in the film. It turns out that years after the movie came out, the drummer for Toto died after inhaling pesticide that he was spraying on his garden.
The second pertains to the unbelievably lame Stonehenge theme that Spinal Tap unveils during a live show in the film, which apparently attracted some ire from Black Sabbath. Two weeks before This is Spinal Tap was released, the band had begun a tour that featured, coincidentally, "a Stonehenge theme," according to Reiner. "They were so furious," said Reiner, explaining how Sabbath thought the film stole their idea. "It took us two years to make the movie. They thought that we shot it, we filmed it, we cut it together, we got it into the theater in a two-week period," he said. All of this just goes to show that This is Spinal Tap is quite possibly one of the best satires of our time, with Reiner and Co.'s tactical skewering of debauched rock titans of the '70s and '80s proving all too accurate with time.
Starting tomorrow, head over to the YEAH! website for a month of free streaming of This is Spinal Tap's "Special Features Version," which also features interviews with Jack Black, Dave Navarro, Billy Corgan, Dave Mustaine, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, AC/DC's Brian Johnson and many more. For more Spinal Tap, listen to Mike McKean recount his tales of acting in the film on Marc Maron's podcast right here on Zumic.