Sunday, August 19, 2007

How cool is this?

The guys from This is Spinal Tap -- Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean -- are holding a concert to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation. Woo! Cool Hollywood stars care about me!

They're all cool for a wide variety of reasons, but here are the ones that come immediately to mind. They were guest stars on The Simpsons:

Harry Shearer is the voice of several Simpsons characters, including Mr. Burns and Smithers:

And Flanders:

Christopher Guest played the six-fingered man in The Princess Bride:

And Michael McKean was the evil neighbor in The Brady Bunch Movie. I couldn't find a picture of him from that, but here are the kids in their "Keep on Groovin'" costumes, just because it makes me laugh. Then again, I've been up since 5 a.m. because of the dumb dex, so pretty much anything makes me laugh right now.

Anyway, here is the official press release from the IMF:

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, (Spinal Tap, The Folksmen), announced today that they will headline Concert for a Cause, August 27, Avalon Hollywood, 8 p.m. to raise funds to battle multiple myeloma, with proceeds benefiting the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

Michael McKean first became involved with the IMF when a friend and colleague, Lee Grayson, was battling multiple myeloma. Since then, he has supported the IMF in Lee’s honor, by his celebrity appearance on the televised game show "Celebrity Jeopardy" -- playing, winning and donating the proceeds he won to the IMF."

Susie Novis, President of the IMF, says, "One of the International Myeloma Foundation's main goals is to reach out to myeloma patients everywhere, to let them know that they are not alone, that the IMF is here to help. Michael McKean’s continuing support and the additional support from Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer, will help raise awareness, and will let more people who have been diagnosed know that there is a place to go for help, information and support."

This summer, Spinal Tap, (aka - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer) did their part to raise awareness of Global Warming and to encourage people and governments to go green at the Live Earth concert in London. Once they understood that this event was against Global Warming, rather than for it, the band was thrilled to be a part of this worldwide event. They also appeared as The Folksmen in the recent film titled "A Mighty Wind," directed by Christopher Guest for which Guest, McKean and Eugene Levy won a Grammy Award for the title track.

Event sponsors include Celgene Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, 97.1 Free FM, Hendrix Electric Vodka, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Avalon Hollywood, and guest DJ Timbo.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to or call 866-926-8499.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact the IMF at 800-452-2873, ext. 222.


Sunshine said...

Very interesting! Thanks for all the details: We didn't know.

David E said...

Hey Karen, check this new out:

Maybe you can drive 4 hours to St Louis instead of 7 hours to Mayo?