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Are Chad Smith, Dave Grohl, and Jim Keltner Working on New Spinal Tap?

This many excellent drummers in the same room would usually be cause for celebration – if only Spinal Tap’s track record with percussionists wasn’t involved. A recent Tweet by the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith shows him, Nirvana/Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and legendary session drummer Jim Keltner in a Hollywood studio discussing a colleague’s solo album. The only issue? That colleague is Spinal Tap’s (fictional) bassist Derek Smalls, and any fan of the band knows that their drummers have an unfortunate history of dying off rather spontaneously.

Smith’s tweet also tagged C.J. Vanston, who plays Spinal Tap’s keyboardist “Caucasian” Jeffery Vanston and is Spinal Tap’s real-life producer and musical director. The reference could mean a real-world release from the band’s universe could be coming up – we haven’t heard from them since the 2009 album Back from the Dead.

Grohl, Smith, and Keltner are all quite busy with their respective tours, so there’s really no telling how far along this new Spinal Tap-related project may be. Meanwhile, American comedian Harry Shearer (the man behind the band’s Derek Smalls) has taken small roles in a few movies over the past few years, so the potential for song-writing time is definitely there. Only time will tell if the mock stars see another revival!

(Thanks to Tom for the link.)

Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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