(sometimes referred to as "The D") is an American rock band
composed of musicians and actors Kyle Gass and Jack Black.
Their style meshes rock with other musical styles such as
comedy rock and folk rock. They are known for their upbeat
classic rock style and vulgar comedy. The band first gained
popularity in 1999 when they starred in a self-titled HBO
television series, in which Black and Gass established
themselves as "The D" and the "Greatest Band in the World."
The series is occasionally aired on Comedy Central.
Beginnings (1984 - 2000)
Black met 24-year-old Kyle Gass when he was 16 in Los
in 1985 when they were members of the "The Actors' Gang"
theatre troupe. Ironically, Black and Gass didn't get along
at first, but eventually worked out their differences.
Later, Gass taught Black to play the guitar, and they
eventually formed the band. While they can both sing and
play the guitar, Black is billed as lead singer and Gass as
First Album (2001 - 2004)
Tenacious D released Tenacious D (#38 UK),
in 2001. For their first album, they enlisted the help of
Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl, keyboardist Page
McConnell of Phish, guitarist Warren Fitzgerald of the
Vandals, and bassist Steve McDonald of Redd Kross. The Dust
Brothers produced the album. The majority of the songs on
the album are based on their short-lived HBO television
first single off of the album was "Wonderboy", which has
since become popular on both college radio and modern rock
second single is the band's signature song "Tribute", a
tribute to the "greatest and best song in the world", which
according to the duo they once played to outwit a demon, but
which they have now forgotten. Celebrity Ben Stiller has a
cameo in the music video, as Black grabs his arm while
passing by. Also appearing is Dave Grohl, as the Demon.
Early versions of the song incorporated guitar riffs
borrowed from Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven",
suggesting comically that the so-called "greatest song" was
in fact that song, but this was minimized in the album
singles followed "Tribute", "Dio", and Fuck Her Gently.
"Dio", a tribute to rock singer Ronnie James Dio, asked for
Dio to stop playing rock music and allow them to fill his
shoes. Dio liked the song enough to let the band appear in
the music video for his song, "Push." The video for "Fuck
Her Gently" (May 2004) featured animations by Spümcø, the
studio behind Ren and Stimpy.
songs on this album are preceded by "skits" where Jack and
Kyle go through some sort of rudimentary creative process or
argument which immediately precedes the next song. Most of
these skits are adapted from episodes of their show and
showcase the band's absurdist humor.
Tenacious D song, "Jesus Ranch", was featured in the 1997
film Bongwater, performed by Jack Black's character,
Devlin. The song was later featured in one of their HBO
shorts, which they aired in 1999.
Earlier, they performed as a band in the movie Bio-Dome
(1996) and shared the silver screen in The Cable Guy
(1996) and in 2001's Saving Silverman and Shallow
Hal, but not in character as "The D".
2003, they released a DVD entitled Tenacious D: The
Complete Masterworks, which features their HBO shorts,
videos, and a live performance from London's Brixton Academy
(recorded on November 3, 2002).
Tenacious D movie, entitled Tenacious D in: The Pick of
Destiny, is planned for a 2006 release. Directed by Liam
Lynch, who helmed their "Tribute" video, the film will
portray the fictional beginnings of the band and their rise
to super-stardom. Black comments that the movie's cast
includes "Tenacious D, the Devil, and Sasquatch."
first track from The Pick of Destiny, entitled "Dude,
I Miss You", was unveiled by the duo on
December 17, 2004,
at St. James Theater in Wellington, New Zealand .They also
leaked their new song [ The pick of destiny] on their
website and email newsletter.
and Gass also made an appearance in the first episode of Tom
Goes to the Mayor to be televised on Adult Swim. In the
episode, the duo were known as "The Bear Trap Brothers," two
competitive brothers who ran bear trap shops that were
the end of 2005, Black hosted an episode of Saturday Night
Live. During the episode, Gass appeared in a skit with Black
in which the two performed a song about a spelling bee. (The
song was at the end of the skit; the beginning of the skit
was Will Forte's character, a young boy in a spelling bee,
misspelling the word 'business' in spectacular fashion).
Guitarist Kyle Gass a.k.a. "KG" also plays guitar and sings
vocals for the band Trainwreck, under the pseudonym "Klip
Calhoun" along with lead roadie and sometimes vocalist of
"The D", JR "Lee" Reed, under the pseudonym "Darryl Donald".
Black and Gass had minor roles in Jim Carrey's movie The
Cable Guy as Matthew Broderick's friend and a man at home.
Black has had quite a successful acting career starring in
films including Shallow Hal, High Fidelity, Orange County,
School of Rock, Envy, King Kong, Enemy of the State, and
2006's Nacho Libre. They are also writing their own film,
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.
gig tour of UK/Ireland in December was announced on
September 4th, 2006. The concerts start on the 10th at the
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, with the SECC, Glasgow on the
11th, Manchester Evening News Arena on the 12th, the
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on the 15th, The
Brighton Centre on the 17th and finish on the 18th and 19th
at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. It is rumored that a US
tour is likely to follow.
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