Kermit the Frog was probably right. Being green isn’t always easy, but it may be of necessity as each day the planet becomes more brown and depleted of its natural resources.
And, to help in the move to Green, the legendary, albiet fictitious, band “Spinal Tap” have reunited to help the Green cause.
Earlier, on our Slice of SciFi site, we reported on Robert Redford’s decision to dedicate an entire 13-part series of programming on the Sundance Channel to bring to the forefront what everyone can do to help conserve energy and our planet’s resources. And, regardless of where one stands on this issue, it is never a bad thing to conserve where possible and use green-clean energy as much as is feasible for each individual.
Now the heavy-metal band immortalized by the mock documentary “This is Spinal Tap” has reunited to join the campaign to save the world from global warming by making their fans more Green Conscious.
Joining the band will be actor-turned-director Rob Reiner, the creator of “This Is Spinal Tap,” and in the guise of his film’s character, Marti DeBergi says, “I’m here today to talk about something even more important than me or extremely loud music.”
In this new film, Reiner, reprising his role as DeBergi, claims to be the guy who first coined the phrase “global warming” much in the same way that Al Gore claimed to be the inventor of the internet. Spinal Tap band members discuss their long history of charity work, such as campaigns to help ferrets — by raising money to feed them Caesar salad — and to help people with high insteps.
“Spinal Tap” will be a highlight of Wednesday’s opening night gala of the Tribeca Film Festival, which was created after the September 11 attacks as a way to revitalize downtown Manhattan after the destruction of the World Trade Center.
While Reiner and band members David St. Hubbins (actor/writer Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (actor/director Christopher Guest) and Derek Smalls (actor/writer Harry Shearer) are still playing this film as a satire, their Green message is a quite real and serious one that they all share in common.
[Pictured above are: Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (R) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) listen as movie director Rob Reiner speaks at a news conference in New York April, 25, 2007 discussing the SOS short films which will play at the Tribeca Film Festival. REUTERS/Chip East & Bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) (L) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), lead singer and guitarist for the fictitious band “Spinal Tap,” are shown performing in Las Vegas in this June 8, 2001 file photo. The spoof heavy-metal band has reunited to join a campaign to save the world from global warming. REUTERS/Ethan Miller]