Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Exclusive: Elton John Films His “Spinal Tap 2” Scene, and the Song He Performs With the Famed Group Is Historic


One of the great and memorable scenes from “This is Spinal Tap” is the one where Harry Shearer as bass player Derek Smalls greets a miniature Stonehedge that drops down on stage. To this day it may be the cornerstone of Rob Reiner’s hilarious, classic comedy.

Now I’m told that in the last week or so, a new version of the song, “Stonehedge,” has been filmed for “This is Spinal Tap 2.” This time there will be a guest vocalist: Sir Elton John. Elton has just filmed his sequences for the much awaited sequel, in which he is somehow roped into singing lead on the song.

What will be the punchline image this time? How can Reiner top the original? We’ll have to wait and see.

More star cameos are being filmed now, including Paul McCartney, Questlove, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. It might seem from those names that Spinal Tap — comprising Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer — will be doing a Beatles or McCartney song (Helter Skelter?), something hip hop, and country. Should be a hoot!

We’re crossing our fingers Fran Drescher is back as PR maven Bobbi Flekman. The band will need a new manager since Ian Faith aka Tony Hendra, is gone. So are Bruno Kirby — so good –as limo driver Tommy Pischedda, and Patrick McNee as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg, the insufferable owner of Spinal Tap’s record company.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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