Members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters appear on the new album from Spinal Tap character Derek Smalls.
Smalls – portrayed by The Simpsons‘ Harry Shearer – will release ‘Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)’ on April 13 via Twanky Records/BMG. It’s the character’s debut solo LP.
The record features a whole host of big names, including Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, David Crosby, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, former Yes member Rick Wakeman, Dweezil Zappa, Joe Satriana and Steve Vai.
Smith appears on a track called ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Transplant’, while Hawkins features on ‘Butt Call’.
The album has been described as “halfway between ‘rage against the dying light’ and trying to find the light.”
Shearer portrayed Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls in the classic 1984 rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry last year revealed that frontman Steven Tyler “didn’t get” This Is Spinal Tap when he saw it for the first time.
“[He was] squirming and squirming, and he did not laugh the whole time,” Perry said. “It was like he took the band’s side on everything. It was like he did not — he didn’t get it. He got indignant. And it was, like, I couldn’t believe it. So, my wife and I were cracking up — and we’re watching Steven.”