Next Friday, as you probably don't really need to be reminded, is Nigel Tufnel Day.
Yes, 11/11/11 is the day when fans around the world will take a moment to pay their respects to the legendary lead guitarist, who, along with David St. Hubbins and Nigel Smalls, founded the world's loudest -- and most punctual -- rock band: Spinal Tap. The date was selected, of course, in honor of Nigel's famous custom-made Marshall amp which . . . well, let him explain.
In fact, I'm at work with my old friend and colleague Keith Semmel, producer and host of “Strictly the Sixties” (available live-streaming on WCCR-LP-FM) on a a very special tribute show for Nigel and the lads, going all the way back to their early days in the 1960s as The Originals, then The New Originals, then The Thamesmen, in which latter incarnation they hit the charts with this skiffle hit “Gimme Some Money.”
The tribute show will be broadcast this Friday at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific. I'll let you know as further details float to the surface.
This performance was, I believe, on the short-lived 1960s pop music show “Hullaba-Dig-A-Go-Go.” It's especially significant because it captures a performance by early drummer John “Stumpy” Pepys, the first in a long line of drummers for the band to die horribly, or mysteriously, or both. (In Pepys' case, it was a freak gardening accident in 1969, which the authorities agreed was better left “unsolved.”)
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