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Spinal Tap visits real Stonehenge, gives film joke new life


spinaltapAfter years of adulation over the hilarity of their genre-spawning rockumentary This is Spinal Tap, screenwriter Christopher Guest and the other actors of the much-loved spoof band Spinal Tap decided it was time to pay a visit to the prehistoric monument behind one of the hit movie’s funniest scenes – Stonehenge.

News of the visit comes courtesy of Canadian indie rock outfit Metric, who, like Spinal Tap, were fresh off a performance at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival when they made a pit stop to check out the landmark.

Upon arriving at the monument, Metric frontwoman Emily Haines and her bandmates were disappointed to find the entrance closed. But as she recounts on her band’s blog, their sightseeing detour was about to get a lot more exciting.

“We were staring at the stones through the fence and halfheartedly watching various generic families wander toward their cars when Joules said the words we will remember forever: ‘Um, guys, that’s . . . Spinal Tap!”