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Spinal Tap - Cloze

Activity set by Zac Tobias: Hablar Inglés

First, do these activities: verbs and other. Listen to the MP3s from recording if necessary: MP3 fast (normal) or MP3 slower (slower) (an alternative: MP3 slow). Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Click this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Finally, do the Quiz.

Primero, haz las actividades de vocabulario. Luego escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas. Luego haz el Cloze y el Quiz.


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   accomplished      actually      assembled      bitch      bizarre      fictitious      fireproof      hailing      leg      majesty      opening      peer-to-peer      portrayed      prop      rehab      released      re-recordings      self-confirmed      soundtrack      succession      support      toured      unsolved      unwigged      warming   
Spinal Tap is a parody heavy metal band that became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. The band members are by Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls).

This Is Spinal Tap was accompanied by a album of the same name. In the years since the film was made, the actors who portrayed the band members have played concerts and music under the Spinal Tap name.

Although the band is shown within the film as from the United Kingdom, all the actors that play the band members were born in the United States, though Christopher Guest was raised in (and splits his time between) both countries, has dual citizenship, and a title of nobility: Baron Haden-Guest.

Guest, McKean, and Shearer in the U.S. in April and May 2009 and performed as Spinal Tap in a “One Night Only World Tour” on 30 June 2009 at Wembley Arena in London, three days after playing the Glastonbury Festival. at Wembley Arena came from the same trio’s folk music band The Folksmen.

BACKGROUND

Fans of Spinal Tap have details about the band based on fictional film, albums, concerts and related promotional material, including a discography and a list of the band’s former members.
Spinal Tap’s fictional history includes a of drummers, all of whom are said to have died in strange circumstances: one in a “ gardening accident,” another “choked on vomit,” and two from “spontaneous human combustion” onstage. Additionally, it is claimed that police described one of the deaths as “a mystery better left ”.

REUNITED

Spinal Tap “reunited” in 1992 for Break Like the Wind, an album produced in part by T-Bone Burnett, an musician and record producer. The album was accompanied by a promotional audition for a new drummer attended by Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, Gina Schock of The Go-Go’s, and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, who auditioned in a suit. A promotional concert tour followed, which included an appearance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, where they performed “The of Rock”, a song they dedicated to Freddie Mercury and released as a single.

The band also released the single “ School.”
On July 1, 1992, Tap crossed 5 time zones for three performances in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Barrie, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia for Much Music and Molson’s Great Canadian Party. For each performance of “Stonehenge”, the miniature monument was delivered on stage in a courier envelope.
In 2000 the band launched a web site named “Tapster” where their song “Back from the Dead” was made available for download. Tapster was a parody of Napster, a file sharing network.

In 2001, the band “reunited” for the nine-city “Back from the Dead Tour” that began on June 1 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. The tour included a show at Carnegie Hall in New York City and ended in Montreal in mid-July at the Just for Laughs festival. The act for some of these shows were The Folksmen, the folk trio seen in the film “A Mighty Wind”, and also performed by Guest, McKean and Shearer.

In 2007, Tap reunited again, this time to help combat global . “They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming,” said Marty DeBergi (portrayed by Reiner). “Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing – that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.” This reunion also included the release of a new song called “Warmer Than Hell”. The band played on the London of the SOS/Live Earth concert series, and Rob Reiner has directed a short film (entitled Spinal Tap) which was released on the Live Earth website on 27 April. The film reveals that Nigel Tufnel is now working as a farm hand looking after miniature horses. He plans to race them. David St Hubbins is currently working as a Hip-Hop producer and Derek Smalls is in for being addicted to the Internet.

A new album, “Back from the Dead”, was released on June 16, 2009. The album consists mostly of of songs from the original film’s soundtrack, as they would have sounded had they really existed and been recorded in a studio.

On April 6, 2009 the band announced a one-date “world tour,” performing at London’s Wembley Arena on June 30, 2009. Support on this night came from The Folksmen. The band unexpectedly also for Glastonbury Festival 2009 during an online interview on 8 May 2009 in the “Philadelphia Daily News” following an “ and Unplugged” show in the city.



This is Spinal Tap - Trailer.