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The loudest rock band in the world, Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls have today announced that they will be returning to the UK this June to kick-off their one time only exclusive special show at London's Wembley Arena with very special guests The Folksmen.

2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic cult classic rock movie ‘This is Spinal Tap' and Spinal Tap are celebrating this in a big way! By reuniting for the ‘One Night Only World Tour' the band had the following to say:

"If we're going to do a World tour on only one night, at least it's this world" - Nigel Tufnel
 
"This show will be dedicated to all of our drummers who have passed on, either to their reward or to middle management at Sainbury's." - David St. Hubbins.

"One night is not enough, and it's way too much!" - Smalls
Spinal Tap began back in 1964 when good friends David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel joined forces and formed The Originals. After finding out that there was already a group of that title, they would go through a series of name changes until finally joining up with bassist Ronnie Pudding and drummer John "Stumpy" Pepys, becoming The Thamesmen. After releasing two minor hit singles, "Gimme Some Money" and "Cups and Cakes", Pudding left to form Pudding People and was replaced by Derek Smalls.

With this line-up, the band recorded "Listen to the Flower People". A surprise hit, the single went gold in the United Kingdom and the band toured worldwide. The band's "success" came to a halt when Pepys died in a bizarre gardening accident in 1969. He was replaced with Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs. ‘Intravenus de Milo' was released in 1974and is known to be the first album to ever reach the status of bronze, which a band can only attain if one million copies of an album are returned.

Childs choked to death on an unknown offender's vomit that same year, and was replaced with Peter ‘James' Bond. Trouble began when the group sued their record label, Megaphone, for back royalties, but the label counter-sued, claiming they had a "lack of talent". When their release, ‘Rock and Roll Creation', became a surprise hit in the United States. They quickly signed with Polymer Records and began to record a new album, but were halted when Bond spontaneously combusted on-stage. He was immediately replaced with drummer Mick Shrimpton and the group released ‘Shark Sandwich' in 1980, spawning the hit "Sex Farm."

Spinal Tap's 1982 tour in support of the album ‘Smell The Glove' got off to a bad start when some of their biggest gigs were cancelled.  A mistake in prop sizing would prompt the group to fire manager Ian Faith and replace him with Hubbins' mistress, Jeanine Pettibone. Shortly afterward, Tufnel momentarily quit the band but Tufnel and Faith returned for the band's final U.S. performance and one Japanese gig.

In 1983, the band would split and go their separate ways. It wasn't until 1992, when Spinal Tap seemed almost forgotten, that they had re-formed and were working on a new album. The band appeared on the MTV Music Awards announcing their return to the spotlight along with a new album, ‘Break Like the Wind'. After that, they embarked on another tour and once again faded away.

In July of 2007, Spinal tap reunited to play the Live Earth Concert at Wembley Stadium in London to show their support for Global Warming. In turn they performed a new song they had written just for the occasion ‘Warmer Than Hell'.

Rumours are swirling around that Nigel, David and Derek have been in the recording studio. Unfortunately, they could not come up with any songs, so they found a new lost album which they plan to release this summer.
The Folksmen are perhaps best known, if at all, for their 1962 Top 70 hit ‘Old Joe's Place,' The Folksmen have earned a lasting place in folk music history as the group too popular to be purist and too purist to be popular. Jerry Palter, Alan Barrows and Mark Shubb met as freshmen at Ohio Wesleyan and over the next 26 months played and sang their own brand of ‘eclectified folk' music. They reunited after more than two decades, and again became a popular late addition to folk festivals within a day's auto travel of their homes.

A later Folksmen reunion was chronicled in the feature film ‘A Mighty Wind' Directed by Christopher Guest. They were scheduled to open for Spinal Tap during the 1992 Royal Albert Hall show, but instead, they played a nearby Tube stop for change because roadies feared the energetic heavy metal crowd would tear them to pieces. The trio did perform with Spinal Tap at NY's Carnegie Hall in 2000, and also paid tribute to the legendary musicologist Harry Smith at a special event at UCLA's Royce Hall in 2001.But fear not, with a new road crew, The Folksmen are set to return to the UK to once again unite with the mighty Spinal Tap.

So crank your dials up to 11, lock up your daughters and dust off your spandex in anticipation of the rock event of the summer. Spinal Tap Live in Concert for one night only on Tuesday June 30 2009 at Wembley Arena, have no doubt, they are gonna rock you!