Derek Smalls, the bottom force of the fabled heavy metal band known as SPINAL TAP, is premiering the video for his song "Gimme Some (More) Money" ahead of his eagerly anticipated solo tour of West Coast cities this fall. The track, which appears on Smalls recent debut solo album "Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)", has Paul Shaffer on piano and organ, Waddy Wachtel on guitar and David Crosby on backing vocals. Using a cunning mix of animation and live action, the new video illustrates the noble quest for fair remuneration (cash) pursued by every musician alive.
"I wanted this video to show all the different things musos have to do to get some (more) money, but we couldn't afford to shoot that, so they drew them instead," says Smalls. "And it's black and white, except for me, because colors cost more, too."
Smalls wil hit the road this November. Accompanied by a panoply of special guests, he will play a whistle-stop series of concerts along the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada.
"Lukewarm Water Live!" will kick off at the The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 6, to be followed with performances at Moore Theatre, Seattle on November 9, The Vogue Theatre Vancouver on November 11 and finish at The Warfield Theatre San Francisco on November 14. Each performance will feature Smalls in concert accompanied live by an all-star band as well as a full symphony orchestra and other special guests live via satellite.
The series of concerts, which will act as a precursor to a major world tour planned for 2020, will feature music from "Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)" as well as favorites from the SPINAL TAP songbook. "Smalls Change" is described by knowledgeable observers as a poignant and oftentimes furious contemplation on ageing that explores the passing of time and all things loud.
Special A-list guests from the world of rock will be announced in the lead up to the tour. This announcement follows a special staging of the show at The Palace in Los Angeles earlier this year which featured an array of guest talent, including Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Dweezil Zappa, Paul Shaffer and TENACIOUS D (Jack Black, Kyle Gass). as well as live linkups with Donald Fagen, Jane Lynch, THE SNARKY PUPPY HORNS and THE BUDAPEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Photo credit: Rob Shanahan