Spinal Tap bassist working on solo album

Harry Shearer Spinal TapSpinal Tap bassist working on solo album

Actor Harry Shearer plans to release an album as ST’s Derek Smalls

By David Sands
June 13, 2017

Think Spinal Tap but a whole lot smaller. Actor Harry Shearer who played bassist Derek Smalls in the beloved 1984 rock mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, is recording his own solo album. According to a recent GQ article, The upcoming LP, tentatively called Smalls Change is slated to come out later this year.

Shearer has lined up some major talent for the project too, including Peter Frampton, Steve Vain and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. The album’s songs will tie into Smalls’ experiences as an aging rocker, with titles like “MRI,” “It Don’t Get Old” and “Memo to Willie (which deal with issues like healthcare, life on the road and impotence).

The actor and comedian reportedly plans to support the album with a live tour after it’s completed.

This isn’t the only Spinal Tap “project” for Shearer at the moment, either. He’s also engaged in a considerably less fun lawsuit with his ST colleagues Christopher Guest and Michael McKean and the film’s director Rob Reiner against the French media conglomerate Vivendi. They’re currently suing the company for allegedly failing to properly share profits from the movie and its soundtrack with them.

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