Legendary satirical rock band Spinal Tap appear to be undergoing a number of actual rock band dilemmas in real life.
Last year the members of the band underwent a $400 million lawsuit for unpaid royalties from Vivendi and StudioCanal. Also joining the lawsuit was This Is Spinal Tap director/writer/star Rob Reiner.
The band argued that they were contractually obligated to receive a 40 percent share in merchandise profits, but that they made less than $200 between 1989 and 2006. It would be a hilarious misfortune worthy of the band’s reputation if it weren’t so unfair in reality.
Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins) said in a statement that “the buck always stopped somewhere short of Rob, Harry, Chris and myself. It’s time for a reckoning,” while Reiner added “I am hoping this lawsuit goes to 11.”
Now it seems bassist Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) is removing the lawsuit’s sour taste by recording a solo album and recruiting some rock star friends.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recently shared a photo via Twitter of himself speaking with Shearer and the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl in a recording studio. Not pictured but also mentioned was legendary session drummer Jim Keltner who looks like he will take part as well.
It’s unclear at this point whether it will include Smalls’ ambitious Jazz Odyssey or pieces from the Jack the Ripper musical that never was, Saucy Jack, but either way it’s exciting news for Tap fans.
For more information on the lawsuit, Shearer has also set up a comprehensive website called Fairness Rocks.