The epic comedic rock duo Tenacious D, composed of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, are breaking their five-year hiatus with a full-length tour! Much to the delight of fans eager to see them live, Black and Gass have announced 14 North American dates beginning fall 2018.
The U.S. leg will kick off on October 6 in San Bernardino, California with a performance at Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam ’18 weekend musical festival. From there, Tenacious D will make stops at Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, and Seattle, among other cities. The tour will conclude with a show at Oakland, California's Fox Theatre on December 17.
The tour’s announcement came on the heels of Jack Black and Kyle Gass’s performance at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival, where Black announced that the pair would be making a sequel to 2006’s Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, due out in October.
Supporting Tenacious D on several dates throughout the tour is country music band Wynchester, known for their album Spreading the Gospel of Good Times.
Are you ready for some good times? Critics have described Tenacious D’s music as a fusion between vulgar absurdist comedy and rock – a.k.a. “mock rock.” Don’t miss out on the hilarity that is bound to ensue when these two take the stage!
Who Are Tenacious D?
Jack Black and Kyle Gass initially met in Los Angeles in 1985, both members of the theatre troupe, The Actors' Gang. They became best friends, with Black regularly visiting Gass' apartment so that Gass would teach Black to play guitar in return for food, mainly from Jack in the Box. They wrote their first song in 1994 after Black had been dumped by a girlfriend, and they began making tribute music after hearing Metallica's “One” in 1994 and spending three full days putting a twist on it.
At their first concert, the band performed the live debut of "Tribute", their only song at the time, and the duo also gave the audience the chance to vote for their name. Black and Gass gave them the choice between "Pets or Meat", "Balboa's Biblical Theatre" and "The Axe Lords Featuring Gorgazon's Mischief" (Gass' personal favorite). "Tenacious D,” a basketball term used by commentators to describe robust defensive positioning in basketball, did not get many votes, but according to Black "we forced it through.”
Tenacious D recorded their songs "Tribute", "Kyle Quit the Band", "Krishna" and "History" and released them in a demo tape called Tenacious Demo in the mid-1990s. HBO offered them a TV show based upon the tape that ran from 1997 to 2000. The show only lasted three episodes before it was cancelled because Black and Gass did not want to relinquish their roles as executive producers.
In 2000, they signed to Epic Records and released their self-titled debut album that same year, featuring Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters on drums. The album yielded the hit single “Tribute,” which achieved cult-status and made Tenacious D popular overseas. In 2003, the band released their first concert DVD - The Complete Master Works, which achieved gold and platinum status.
In 2006, they starred in, and recorded the soundtrack for, the film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. They also toured in support of the movie, which ended up failing to obtain back its production costs due to low gross. After the completion of the tour in 2007, the band made sporadic appearances at gigs like benefit concerts and festivals. Their third album, Rize of the Fenix, was released in 2012 and made jokes regarding The Pick of Destiny's failure - with the duo describing Rize of the Fenix as a "comeback record."
Recently, Black teased a “part 2” to The Pick of Destiny, set to be released later in 2018.