They came armed with Marshall stacks, flamboyant shirts, face-melting solos, and stage moves that challenge the likes to The Darkness and come out on top.
What might have started out as a few wine induced covers in the jam space has resulted in one of Australia’s finest rock acts, honoring one of England’s. This is a tribute in every sense of the word, Tim Rogers clearly respects every note “the Tap” ever recorded and only wants to dispel the myth brought on by the release of documentary ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ 30 years ago.
“We are here to challenge the paradigm that Spinal Tap are nothing more than a fucking joke. They are just kids, kids with indiscernible accents who just want to make rock ‘n’ roll”- I’m paraphrasing but you get the point. Rogers and the fellas have completely bought into the legend of Spinal Tap for this tour and the result is, in a word, majestic.
From ‘Warmer Than Hell’ to ‘Gimme Some Money’ the crowd received each song ravenously and guitarist Davey Lane seemed to lap up the opportunity to show off licks that would definitely be out of place with You Am I. After seeing this I can safely say that Lane is criminally under-rated in his day job.
A second bass guitar is slung on by Davey Lane to add some more ‘bottom end’ to the much loved ‘ ‘Big Bottom’ for the biggest sing-a-long of the night. It is utterly ridiculous hearing hundreds of people shouting lyrics like “I met her on Monday, twas my lucky bun day, you know what I mean” and “my baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo, I wanna sink her with my pink torpedo” but the theme of the night absolutely calls for such crowd participation. The two basses melding together sounded just short of terrible but it’s a case of it being the thought that counts on occasions like this and the song crescendos and Rogers is spanked in unison by the twin basses, it all seems worth it.
The band close it out the same way they started it with ‘Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You, Tonight” and not an ounce of energy is left in the tank in a roll call of rock ‘n’ roll stage moves before departing the stage having affectionately played every ‘Tap song in existence. After tonight’s performance I for one am hoping that the trend continues and Rogers and Co. return next year with a set from David Brent and Forgone Conclusion.