Comic actors Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer collectively have been getting laughs by pretending to be musicians since their first musical "mockumentary," "This Is Spinal Tap," was released 25 years ago. But the real joke is that these guys are good enough singers and instrumentalists to actually have had successful careers in the music industry.
That's the takeway from the trio's wildly entertaining Sunday night set at Borgata's Music Box theater.
The team's "Unwigged and Unplugged" moniker for its current tour is a little bit of a misnomer, as McKean and Guest (on acoustic guitars and, in the latter's case, mandolin) and Shearer (bass guitar and "big" bass) were amplified throughout the two-hour set, as were the keyboards of C.J. Vance. But that is just nitpicking, as the show was a two-hour romp through the music the guys wrote and performed for "Spinal Tap" and "Mighty Wind."
Whether on the acoustic tunes by faux Brit headbangers Spinal Tap, or the equally make-believe early-'60s folk of the aptly named Folksmen (from "Wind"), the three stars proved to be incredibly gifted musicians, pickin; grinnin' and singin' with the best of them.