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Spinaltap Drummers who spontaneously combust won't help global warming, but the promoters behind the Live Earth concerts don't seem to care. They've booked famed fake rockers Spinal Tap for the London concert on July 7.

"They're not that environmentally conscious, but they've heard of global warming," said Rob Reiner, who directed the 1984 "mockumentary," in an interview with the media this week. Although the "band" has reunited on occasion since the movie's debut, Spinal Tap has been largely quiet since 1992's "Break Like The Wind" album.

Reiner also is releasing a new 15-minute film about the band's reunion at tonight's Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The director told reporters the new film reveals what the band members have been up to lately: Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) has been raising miniature racing horses; David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) produces hip-hop records and owns a colonic clinic; and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) is in rehab -- for "addiction to the Internet," the Associated Press says.

(No word on which unfortunate soul will take on the drumming duties, since every previous drummer has died under extraordinary circumstances.)

The Live Earth concerts are set for July 7 at several locations around the world including London,  Brazil, Shanghai, Japan, Johannesburg, London, Sydney and the United States. Other 80s acts scheduled to play include Madonna, the Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Genesis and Duran Duran.

TOP FIVE UNDER-QUOTED LINES FROM SPINAL TAP:
5. "Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful."
4. "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation."
3. "We've got Armadillos in our trousers. It's really quite frightening."
2. "Here lies David St. Hubbins... and why not?"
1. "As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:22pm]

    

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