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Spinal Tap to reform for Live Earth concert

Spinal Tap

Story by Jack Foley

SPOOF heavy-metal band Spinal Tap have reunited to join a campaign to save the world from global warming.

The group, immortalised in the 1984 mock-documentary This Is Spinal Tap, have reuinited with director Rob Reiner to make a new short film entitled Spinal Tap as part of a campaign dubbed SOS/Live Earth.

They will also play London’s Wembley Stadium at one of seven Live Earth concerts on July 7.

The short film, meanwhile, will play as part of the line-up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which began on Wednesday (April 25, 2007).

It is one of eight short films – and the first of 60 that have been commissioned for the campaign – and will be posted on the website www.liveearth.msn.com from today (Thursday).

In the short, Reiner, reprising his role from the original Spinal Tap film, takes credit for coining the term “global warming”.

The band members are then seen to discuss their long history of charity work, including campaigns to help ferrets and to help people with high insteps.

Al Gore, one of the main organisers of the SOS/Live Earth Campaign and a keen supporter of the environmental short films, said that they were devised to show people how they can make a difference and help preserve the environment.

“Solving this [global] crisis means first of all getting the attention of people all over the world for the fact that we do have a planetary emergency,” he told a news conference at which Reiner also screened a clip from his film.

Gore is, of course, the former politician turned filmmaker and environmentalist who won an Oscar earlier this year for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

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