Thor, the real-life Spinal Tap character, is headed to Thee Parkside tomorrow for a live show. The gig immediately follows a screening of I Am Thor, a new documentary about the Heman-looking body building champion, at The Roxie.
Jon Mikl Thor, the legendary warrior of rock, has always been quite the showman — often breaking bricks over his head and bending metal bars while onstage — which helped the early iterations of his band gather momentum. But his big break came after a bizarre appearance on Merv Griffin's show that resulted in Thor striking a major label deal in 1976.
Maybe no one knew it at the time, but that deal would lead to the creation of the worst music video ever made.
At one point the Canadian bodybuilding champion was putting out records on RCA and shared a manager with Motorhead, but the good times quickly faded. Thor, now an internet hero, is dead set on reclaiming his rightful throne as the King of Muscle Rock. So if you want to help keep that dream alive, go to Thee Parkside tomorrow and pick up a reissue of his 1983 EP Unchained.
I Am Thor screens Thursday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday, June 12, at the Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F. $12; 415863 1087 or roxie.com.
Thor’s live show is Thursday, June 11, 9 p.m. at Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F. $15; 415252 1330 or theeparkside.com.