Rock and roll: back to basics

Tenacious D
Tenacious D

Actors and their musical projects rarely capture the public’s imagination.

It is unlikely in a browse of a friends record collection that you will find a Dogstar, Les Hombres or 30 Odd Foot of Grunts CD.

But unlike Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton and Russell Crowe, Jack Black is now arguably as much musician as movie star.

Following several failures and near misses in the box office, the bright star of Jack Black the actor is no longer shining quite as brightly as it once was in the early 2000s, when he was a key member of comedy’s “frat pack”.

However, records by comedy rock duo Tenacious D continue to fly off the shelves and gigs are still selling out.

Now he and Kyle Gass will hit the road in support of their new album Rize of the Fenix, which Black describes the making of as a “journey similar to that of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings.”

The question fans will have to ask is in a time where the underplayed irony and pastiche of Flight of the Conchords is so popular, is there still room for an overblown rock parody that has barely evolved since Tenacious D catapulted themselves into the scene in the late 90s?

The saving grace is that Jack Black is a showman, and with the help of musicians such as Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, the songs are often legitimately good rock and roll tunes.

The band play Glasgow’s SECC on 12 June 2012.  Tickets, priced £35, are available from or 0844 395 4000.