Found Footage: Spinal Tap Live at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s (1992)
Eight years after the compelling “tell-all” rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) reunited for Spinal Tap’s Breaking of the Wind album and promotional tour.
Mock n’ roll fans were delighted to see the satirical saints of hard rock bring their outlandish characters from the screen and back on the road in the summer of 1992. Though parodic in nature, the phony Brit rockers made quite a serious commitment when their Canadian stopover resulted in a collaborative stunt with the Much Music network. On Canada Day, July 1st, 1992, Spinal Tap tackled three shows in three cities by traveling across five time zones. The cities were St. John’s, Newfoundland; Barrie, Ontario and Vancouver, BC.
You can check out some found footage of Tap “going to eleven” at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, as well as some pre-set interview banter from the original broadcast of Much Music and Molson’s Great Canadian Party. The interview is mostly about cod tongues.
Joining the lineup that night was a much more Canadian affair with the likes of Kim Mitchell, The Tragically Hip and Sloan. St. John’s has since gone unTapped.