There are plenty of bands who bring hard rock to the masses, but there are none who do it with a dose of comedy like Tenacious D do. Jack Black and Kyle Gass, better known as Jables and Rage Cage, have been on the path for almost 25 years now. It’s pretty amazing they have lasted through an HBO series, a movie, and now four albums including an animated web series. They have also toured as an acoustic duo, a full fledged arena rock band, and have just begun their latest tour.
The night began behind a curtain for Jack, Kyle, and the other three members of the band who make up the live band. They ran through the album front to back with snippets of the newly released web-series playing between songs. This album is heavily influenced about what is currently going on in the world. There’s women speaking up for themselves and trying to take charge, leaders being completely corrupt and bringing the end of the world, and the world itself dying from all the war and pollution. Of course it is up to our fearless leaders of Tenacious D to travel across the world and universe and save the day. There has always been a line through some of the songs on their albums, but this is their first crack at a grand rock opera. Before their set started both Tommy and The Wall played over the speakers. There is a lot wrong in the world today and this record is there stab at doing what they can to help out.
As soon as the record ended the curtain came down and roadies came on to switch the stage to the greatest hits part of the evening. Jack and Kyle both jokingly helped along, but actually just told jokes for a few minutes before launching into “Rize of the Phoenix.” A few songs from that album followed before they went into songs from The Pick of Destiny including their battle with Satan on “Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown).” Once they defeated the devil, Jack asked the crowd what the greatest genre of rock is. One very loud fan in the front asked for jazz and what clearly was an audible, the band went into “Simply Jazz,” easily one of the funniest songs of their career and weird one-off single. What the Jack was looking for was “The Metal,” which they tore through next.
The final song of the set “Double Team” let each member of the band have a quick solo on their instrument before they band brought it all back home to the song to finish the set. With the very sold out crowd demanding an encore, the boys came back out and sang their sweet ode to pleasing a lady “Fuck Her Gently.” The disco ball was turned on and everyone sang and danced along to end the night. As the song was ending Jack mentioned how they saved the world earlier and how everyone needed to go out tomorrow and vote on Election Day. Hopefully everyone in the crowd who could vote did and tried to save the world as Jack and Kyle would have wanted.
Article: Bryan Lasky