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Comedy-rock act Tenacious D will embark on a short tour of the U.S. this summer, including a date with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks.
Kyle Gass and Jack Black dusted off “Wonderboy” for the first time on Tenacious D’s ‘Post-Apocalypto’ Tour on Wednesday night in Washington D.C.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Tenacious D, Hiss Golden Messenger and Bob Dylan.
Stream the new Tenacious D single “TAKE US INTO SPACE” and watch the third episode of the companion animated series for their upcoming album ‘Post-Apocalypto.’
Listen to the new Tenacious D single “MAKING LOVE” and watch the second episode of the companion animated series for their upcoming album ‘Post-Apocalypto.’
Listen to the new Tenacious D single “HOPE” and watch the first episode of the companion animated series for their upcoming album ‘Post-Apocalypto.’
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Tenacious D at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
- POST-APOCALYPTO THEME
- Film: "Chapter 1 - Hope"
- Film: "Chapter 2 - Cave"
- MAKING LOVE
- Film: "Chapter 2 - Cave" / Film: "Chapter 3 - Scientists"
- TAKE US INTO SPACE
- Film: "Chapter 3 - Scientists"
- FUCK YO-YO MA
- Film: "Chapter 3 - Scientists" / "Chapter 4 - Robot"
- DADDY DING DONG
- Film: "Chapter 4 - Robot"
- Film: "Chapter 4 - Robot" / "Chapter 5 - Donald"
- Film: "Chapter 5 - Donald" / "Chapter 6 - Home"
- JB JR RAP
- WOMAN TIME
- SAVE THE WORLD
- POST-APOCALYPTO THEME (REPRISE)
- Rize of the Fenix
- Low Hangin' Fruit
- Auld lang syne
- Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
- The Metal
- Double Team
- Fuck Her Gently
About Tenacious D
Rightfully hailed as “the greatest band on Earth,” the super-sized acoustic metal/comedy duo Tenacious D was an unlikely success story. Actually, Tenacious D was probably so successful precisely because they were so unlikely: few people would imagine that two chunky guys bashing on acoustic guitars, singing songs like a tribute to the greatest song in the world (because they forgot how the greatest song in the world went after conquering the Devil with it) became one of the biggest cult bands of the late ’90s and 2000s. But the sheer charisma, humor, and energy — not to mention inspired songwriting — of singers/guitarists/actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass (aka JB, Jables, KG, and Kage, among other aliases) took them from L.A.’s underground comedy scene to their own series on HBO and a major-label album deal.
The crazed, wide-ranging sense of humor and intensity that Black brought to Tenacious D also made him a sought-after character actor, appearing in films like Bob Roberts, The Cable Guy, and Saving Silverman; Gass’ film career includes supporting roles in Jacob’s Ladder, Idle Hands, and Evolution. Similarly, the D’s act showcased Black’s theatrical, versatile vocals and Gass’ deft support on the guitar in seemingly stream-of-consciousness songs about smoking pot, the duo’s musical and sexual prowess, and subjects straight out of Dungeons & Dragons, as well as in equally absurd and inventive sketches. The duo met at an acting class and began playing together in 1994, making their live debut later that year at Al’s Bar, playing just one number, the aforementioned homage to the world’s greatest song, “Tribute.”
In the audience that night was comedian/actor David Cross, who invited Black and Gass to appear with him and other like-minded performers such as Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo in a series of alternative comedy shows. The D soon headlined shows at venues like Pedro’s and Largo, planting the seeds of a die-hard cult following; not even their inauspicious film debut in 1996’s Bio-Dome slowed their momentum. The following year, their appearances on Bob Odenkirk and Cross’ brilliant HBO sketch comedy program Mr. Show With Bob and David and a 1998 performance of “Sex Supreme” — which sang the praises of a ménage à trois with KG and JB — on Saturday Night Live hinted at the duo’s just-beneath-the surface popularity, which began to rise into the mainstream with the group’s 1999 HBO series. Though it lasted just three episodes, Tenacious D included, among other adventures, the group’s search for “Inspirato,” the cosmic creative force; the love triangle between Black, Gass, and a heavily pierced, Satanic clog dancer who threatened to destroy the group; and the discovery of Lee, Tenacious D’s biggest fan. More of the D’s brilliantly dumb songs debuted on the show, and fans began trading and auctioning video and audiotapes of Tenacious D.
The duo also played opening gigs for friends like Beck, Pearl Jam, and the Foo Fighters and embarked on their first full-fledged tour; Epic won a bidding war to sign the group. In 2000, Black’s popularity and prominence as an actor grew with roles in films like Jesus’ Son and, especially, High Fidelity, where his turn as the larger-than-life record store clerk Barry made him a bona-fide star. Meanwhile, the group worked on a self-titled debut album with the Dust Brothers, Dave Grohl, Phish’s Page McConnell, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, and other friends. In 2001, the D’s momentum hit critical mass: The group set out on their second nationwide tour, playing significantly larger venues than before and selling out many of their dates. And, despite an attempt to recall Tenacious D at the last moment because of its back cover, which depicted two babies chained to an altar, their debut entered the charts at a surprisingly strong number 33.
Meanwhile, Spumco, the production company of Ren & Stimpy mastermind John K., crafted an appropriately witty and raunchy video for the single “Fuck Her Gently,” and, last but not least, the duo continued work on a Tenacious D movie, The Pick Of Destiny, which was released in 2006 along with a soundtrack of new material from the dynamic duo. After the release of the film the band kept a fairly low profile, making appearances and festivals and benefits until finally making a return to music in 2012 with the release of their third album, Rize of the Fenix.
Celebrate what would have been the Queen of Soul’s 76th birthday, with Aretha Franklin’s 1971 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
‘The Allman Brothers Band: Fillmore West 1971’ will be previewed by Warren Haynes & Stef Scamardo all week long on SiriusXM’s Jam On in honor of the group’s 50th anniversary.
Arizona-based jam quartet Spafford will mix headlining dates and festival appearances this summer.
Widespread Panic filled Sunday night’s setlist with surprises and threw a bunch of jams into their Capitol Theatre finale. ScottyB shares his take along with Adam McCullough’s photos and pro-shot video of the entire show.
Phish bassist Mike Gordon led his five-piece on 50 unique songs over the course of four nights in Cambridge. Listen to Saturday’s show featuring special guest Trey Anastasio.