Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D have played their last few tours backed by a full band. For their latest tour, the pair have gone back to their roots by performing as an acoustic duo. The “Old School Acoustic Style” tour kicked off last night at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
We came across a handful of killer videos from The D in A.C. filmed by YouTuber TeaDeeKay. We’ve assembled a playlist of the vids, so watch as Jables and KG perform Rock Is Dead, To Be The Best, Cosmic Shame, Saxaboom, Roadie, Senorita, Baby, Dio and Fuck Her Gently…
Playlist: Rock Is Dead, To Be The Best, Cosmic Shame, Saxaboom, Roadie, Senorita, Baby, Dio, Fuck Her Gently
Tenacious D continues their Old School Acoustic Style tour on Saturday night in Boston.
Late next month Tenacious D will set off on a stripped-down tour that finds Jack Black and Kyle Gass performing unplugged by their lonesomes after a few tours featuring a full backing band. JB and KG recently chatted with Rolling Stone about returning to the acoustic duo format and within the Q&A drops the bombshell news that the D will be curating their own festival.
Black reveals that the festival is scheduled to take place on October 19th at Santa Monica Pier. The D are calling the fest Festival Supreme. “It’ll be a meeting of the minds. It’s gonna be like Mount Rockmore, where you’ve got your Flight of the Conchords, your Lonely Island, your Tenacious D, your Zach Galifianakis, your Spinal Tap, your Eric Idle,” Black told Rolling Stone. JB also mentions the possibility that Weird Al will perform at this “star-studded comedy-rock Coachella.”
We’ll keep you posted on more details about Festival Supreme as they are announced.
We’ve got exciting news from the Tenacious D camp this afternoon as JB and KG are hitting the road by their lonesomes this winter. Unlike the past few tours which have featured a full band, Jack Black and Kyle Gass will perform with just their acoustics in tow as they did in the early days of the band.
Here’s the full list of tour dates announced today:
2/28 Atlantic City – Showboat Hotel & Casino: House of Blues
3/2 Boston – House of Blues
3/3 Providence – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
3/5 Pittsburgh – Stage AE – Indoor
3/6 Columbus – The LC Pavilion
3/8 Raleigh – The Ritz Theatre
3/9 Myrtle Beach – House of Blues
3/11 Orlando – Hard Rock Live
3/12 Miami Beach – The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
Exclusive pre-sales start this Friday at 10AM local time. Keep your eyes on the Tenacious D Facebook Page for links and passwords. We’ll let you know if more dates get announced.
Way back on September 28th, 2001 Tenacious D’s first big, national tour visited Higher Ground which was then in Winooski, Vermont. They were touring in support of their self-titled debut album in which they were backed by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters on drums and guitar, keyboardist Page McConnell of Phish, guitarist Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals and bassist Steven Shane McDonald of Redd Kross. Therefore it wasn’t a big shock when McConnell joined Kyle and JB that night.
Page sat in on Flash, Wonderboy (a tune he played with Tenacious D on the album) as well as the D’s brillant cover of the medley the ends The Beatles’ Abbey Road LP. Thanks to YouTuber cleantones we can watch Page’s entire sit-in with Tenacious D complete with SBD soundtrack…
Once YouTube upped its limits allowing users to upload videos of any size, the portal has been filling up with many exceptional clips containing entire shows from nearly every band you can think of. We want to show our readers these videos and we’ll do so every Friday moving forward. Tomorrow we’ll be introducing a new weekly feature called Full Show Friday in which we’ll hip you to a killer video featuring a full concert from some of our favorite acts.
As a pre-cursor to tomorrow’s launch of Full Show Friday, we’ve prepared a list of 10 amazing, full-show videos from the past seven months featuring the likes of Wilco, MMJ and Radiohead.
Here’s pro-shot footage of The D’s set at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival from June.
00:00 Rize of the Fenix
06:00 Low Hangin’ Fruit
13:00 Deth Starr
21:30 Throw Down
34:40 The Metal
38:35 Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
44:50 The Who Medley
47:55 Fuck Her Gently
56:00 Double Team
Singer/songwriter and HT fave Jackie Greene recently decided to take a break from social networking. Over the course of the 17-day hiatus close friends he encountered in “the real world” told him online reactions to his sudden disappearance included “Is He Dead?” “Did He Retire?” and “I Hope He’s Okay.” Turns out the opposite was true, Jackie was having too good a time living his life to be bothered with Twitter and Facebook. In a thought-provoking blog entry titled “The Evaporation of The Genuine Self,” the brilliant musician explains why he took the break, why he’s bewildered at the reaction to his hiatus and why he felt the need to return to social networking.
Here’s six other stories of note on this last Monday of July…
Before we go, a Tenacious D concert at the House of Blues in Las Vegas was cut short on Saturday night when an attendee was stabbed as part of a melee that broke out. The stabbing led to Tenacious D leaving the stage about halfway through their planned performance. The LVPD is still investigating the incident after releasing two suspected participants who have been cleared.
Earlier this month HT faves Tenacious D’s Rize of the Fenix World Tour visited the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, Mass. where Kyle, JB and their band provided a hearty mix of classic material, tunes from the recently released Rize of the Fenix and even a few choice covers. Videographer extraordinaire MKDevo was on hand and captured The D in action.
MKDevo’s Tenacious D in Boston playlist contains nearly everything played that night with the video quality we’ve come to depend on from Mr. Pecoraro. Take a look…
Not only did HT faves Tenacious D make their second late night appearance in two nights yesterday when they visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but they also stopped by the SiriusXM studios for a lengthy interview with iconic radio personality Howard Stern. Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who are busy promoting Rize of the Fenix, spent over 40 minutes on The Stern Show discussing the pair’s reaction to the Tenacious D movie bombing, the evolution of the band’s music, what life is like on the road for the duo and many other topics. If you missed it, we’ve created a playlist of audio-only YouTube clips containing the whole interview, so watch it before they get taken down…
As discussed in Televised Tune yesterday, Tenacious D has a busy week of late night television appearances planned. Last night they kicked offf the Rize of the Fenix promotional tour by performing Roadie on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman. For this tribute to stagehands everywhere JB and Kyle were backed by a three-piece band. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered…
The boys of Tenacious D will be the first to admit that their foray into the world of adapting their quirky brand of acoustic-folk-metal into a major motion picture with Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny didn’t quite pan out the way that they had hoped. In fact the movie basically bombed, earning roughly $8.2 million at the box office, while costing in the ballpark of $22 million to make. Using that experience as inspiration, Jables and Kage will release their third studio album, Rize Of The Fenix, next Tuesday – which you can currently stream now. Last week The D dropped the video for the album’s title track, which features their signature brand of tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating lowbrow humor we’ve come to love from these guys.
As much as we’ve enjoyed Tenacious D’s previous two studio albums, our love for Jables and KG dates back to the duo’s HBO program of the late ’90s which had us in hysterics throughout most episodes. The pair still have their comedic chops as illustrated in this hilarious, star-studded video which explains how the band got back together to record their new album Rize of the Fenix…
Jack and Kyle recently announced a lengthy tour that will take them across the country and around Europe between May and July.
May 23 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
May 24 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
May 26 Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
May 27 Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheater
May 28 George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
June 1 Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock im Park
June 2 Nurburgring, Germany @ Rock am Ring
June 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ HMH
June 5 London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
June 6 London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
June 9 Donnington Park, UK @ Download Festival
June 10 Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
June 12 Glasgow, UK @ SECC
June 23 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
June 25 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
June 26 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
June 28 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
June 30 Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pie
July 2 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
July 3 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 6 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
July 7 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
July 19 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
July 20 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
July 21 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
July 23 Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
July 24 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
July 26 Denver, Co @ Fillmore Auditorium
July 29 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
UPDATE: Tenacious D has announced that the album will come out in May and have shared the first single, Rize Of The Fenix, which shares a name with the forthcoming album.
Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed “greatest band on earth,” are set to release their long-awaited third album, entitled Rize of the Fenix, later this year. Details have been sparse, but that should change at 4PM PST when they will make an announcement of some sort, according to the new album’s website. The full-band version of The D recently made a surprise appearance at one of drummer Brooks Wackerman’s sets in L.A. As of now there are two planned festival performances scheduled for Jack Black, Kyle Gass and the rest of their band mates this June – one at the Download Festival in the U.K. and another at Rock am Ring in Germany. Let’s hope a full tour is in the group’s future.
Plenty of video clips from Bonnaroo 2010 have been uploaded to YouTube already with hundreds more to come soon. This morning we want to share a video from Bonnaroo featuring “the greatest song in the world.” Tenacious D may not play many shows these days, but this full band performance of Tribute shows The D is still capable of hate fucking your earholes…
Last Week’s Sauce is a recurring column featuring recordings of shows that took place the previous week. I was on vacation last week, so this edition covers two weeks worth of shows. Thanks to taperj for the photo.
Artist & Title: Booker T. Jones – Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay Date & Venue: 2009-09-05 Washington Park, Chicago IL Taper & Show Download:John F.
This is a tape from Chicago’s African Festival Of The Arts. Rounding out Booker T’s band is: Marc Ford (Black Crowes) – Guitar, Troy Gagne – Guitar, Ronnie James (Fabulous Thunderbirds) – Bass, and Darian Grey – Drums. Booker T. next plays at the Roots, Blues and BBQ Festival in Columbia, MO.
READ ON to hear a new moe. tune and Wilco’s special guests in Ireland…