Rob Reiner’s spoof about a once-famous British heavy metal band

‘This Is Spinal Tap’ featured in Guitar Heroes Film Fest 

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ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre presents a series of documentary films about guitar icons and legends in the Guitar Heroes Film Festival, showing in conjunction with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walks. Part three of the series is This Is Spinal Tap (1984), screening on Friday, August 2, at 8 p.m.

This Is Spinal Tap is director Rob Reiner’s spoof about a filmmaker making a documentary about a once-famous, now almost forgotten British heavy metal band returning to the United States for a concert tour.

Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest star as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, the key members of Spinal Tap, who are responsible for such albums as Intravenous DeMilo, The Sun Never Sweats, and Bent for the Rent.

This Is Spinal Tap finds them in the midst of their first American tour in years as they support their new LP Smell the Glove, with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), who specializes in TV commercials, on hand to document the occasion. Just about anything that can go wrong does: shows get canceled, stage props go wrong, wireless guitar pickups start broadcasting air-traffic reports, no one shows up for in-store appearances, David's girlfriend tries to take over the band, they wind up billed second to a puppet show at an amusement park, and the group teeters on the verge of breakup.

The film is rated R. Running time is 1 hour, 22 minutes.

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Church (2015) will conclude the series on September 6. Electric Church combines 16mm footage of Hendrix’ 1970 Atlanta Pops Festival concert together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights and Vietnam war unrest.

Tickets: $9/Adults, $8/Seniors and Under 12, $7/Strand Members. Lobby and Balcony Bars will be open for 21+.

For more information or tickets, visit or call (207) 594-0070 EX 3. 

The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland.


Event Date: 

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 8:00pm

Event Location: 

Strand Theatre


345 Main Street
Rockland  Maine
United States