Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford review watching This Is Spinal Tap for the first time and how they felt about it with his group. He talked in a radio program he joined recently about how he reacted back then.
This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 American mockumentary film co-written and directed by Rob Reiner in his directorial debut. It stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer as members of the fictional English heavy metal band Spinal Tap and Reiner as Martin “Marty” Di Bergi, a documentary filmmaker who follows them on their American tour. The film satirizes the behavior and musical pretensions of rock bands and the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries.
Rob Halford: “It was like watching ourselves from the outside looking in”
Rob Halford has guested to a radio program recently and This is Spinal was one of the subjects they talked about.
Halford reviewed the first time they saw the film with his bandmate Glenn Tipton and what they had thought about it back in the past. He said that watching the mockumentary was like watching themselves. He said both of them remarked that it was a mirror image of their classic rock star antics.
“I love satire. Glenn loves satire. The thing about satire, you can only make satire from great things that have happened in the real world.”
He also expressed that they were in roars while watching the whole film. We can understand how they are at peace with themselves and don’t bother at all in such good ways. Even if the movie was not about themselves, they could match up themselves and accept it unlike others it seems. This is Spinal Tap has made them feel like standing in front of a mirror.
“We roared through the whole thing. It was kind of a miscommunication, I think, that this is about a real band called Spinal Tap and this is a documentary about their life.
So some of the people that were in the movie theatre that afternoon that Glenn and I went to see the movie, were very upset. They made their feelings known as they stormed out of the movie theatre.”
The film was like their own-lives.
This is Spinal Tap was just what it was to them. Their experiences were just like the film scenes as in hotels or losing the way to the stage or things going wrong on stage. All of the things happening in the movie are what they also have been through and this is one of the best parts of their lives, we see. Even if they all seem bad while living, they can recall these experiences they had together with joy. Because after, they became really funny memories to them like they supposed to be.
You can listen to the whole interview of Rob Halford down below.