Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell dead at 70

Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell dead at 70

Ric Parnell, the British musician greatest identified for taking part in drummer Mick Shrimpton within the cult rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Faucet,” has died.

Actor Harry Shearer, who starred within the movie with Parnell, shared the information on Sunday through Twitter, writing, “Nobody ever rocked tougher.”

Parnell’s reason behind loss of life was not revealed.

The London-born drummer was surrounded by a household of musicians. His grandfather Russ Carr was a music corridor artist and his dad, Jack Parnell, served because the bandleader for “The Muppet Present.”

Parnell performed in a number of bands, together with Horse, Atomic Rooster, Nova and Stars. He claimed he declined invites to play in Journey and Whitesnake, however is credited with taking part in drums on Toni Basil’s tune “Hey Mickey” in 1981.

Ric Parnell performed drummer Mick Shrimpton within the cult rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Faucet.”©MCA/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Ric Parnell, our drummer in That is Spinal Faucet, handed away in the present day. Nobody ever rocked tougher.

— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) Could 2, 2022

Christopher Visitor, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, R.J. Parnell and David Kaff in 1984’s “This Is Spinal Faucet.”©Embassy Footage/Courtesy Everett

However his massive break got here in 1984 when Parnell, alongside actor-musicians Michael McKean, Christopher Visitor and Shearer portrayed the fictional rock band Spinal Faucet on the large display. The group turned an actual act, releasing albums and even showing on “Saturday Night time Dwell.”

Parnell additionally performed on materials by actor Michael Des Barres, who remembered his collaborator on Twitter Monday.

“Some musicians are taking part in a job. Others are rock ‘n’ roll. Ric Parnell was the latter. The actual factor,” Barres wrote.

Ric Parnell, Spinal Faucet Drummer ‘Mick Shrimpton,’ Useless at 70Some musicians are taking part in a job. Others are rock ‘n’ roll. Ric Parnell was the latter. The actual factor. Misplaced and located in a rhythm that was each jarring and exquisite.His coronary heart nonetheless beats. RIP https://t.co/5f0GK70E3n

— Michael Des Barres (@MDesbarres) Could 2, 2022

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