Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Garth Brooks to Appear in “This Is Spinal Tap” Sequel

Sir Paul McCartney in concert at the American Airlines Arena in 2017.
Sir Paul McCartney in concert at the American Airlines Arena in 2017. Photo by Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock (8923645q)

The sequel of the legendary music mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is set to feature some of the biggest legends in music. According to director Rob Reiner, the list includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Garth Brooks.

Reiner shared an update on This Is Spinal Tap 2 during a recent chat with Richard Herring on the Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. He said that the original cast of the mockumentary is set to reprise their roles, with the filming expected to start shooting in February 2024.

“Everybody’s back. Paul McCartney is joining us, and Elton John. And a few other surprises, Garth Brooks,” shared Reiner via NME.

This Is Spinal Tap was released in 1984, serving as Reiner’s directorial debut. It starred Reiner as documentary filmmaker Martin “Marty” Di Bergi, who is tasked with following fictional English heavy metal band Spinal Tap on their American tour.

While the mockumentary wasn’t a commercial success upon its release, it received widespread critical acclaim and later developed a cult following. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, actors who portrayed the members of the Spinal Tap: David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls, later toured in real life and released several studio albums.

This Is Spinal Tap sequel, which will see Di Bergi returning to do another documentary on Spinal Tap, was announced last May and was originally scheduled for release in March 2024 for the original’s 40th anniversary. It is unclear, however, if that will be the case, considering the shooting starts just one month before the intended release date.