Rocker says opera may be the new Black
funnyman Jack Black bears no animosity towards Hugh Jackman for beating him to the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy. And of course he wasn’t being churlish when he mentioned to Rolling Stone that Jackman was yet to score a Grammy nomination. The D contested the best comedy album Grammy category this week for their Rize Of The Fenix comeback but lost to Jimmy Fallon.
‘‘If it’s a contest of who can sing better Dio covers, I think I would smoke (Hugh). If it’s who’s gonna be better at Sunday in the Park With George, then he’s gonna take the cake,’’ Black told Rolling Stone. Asked about the comments, Black wasn’t biting. ‘‘I felt I was goaded into that with that question: Is Hugh better than you? They were trying to pick a fight,’’ an indignant Black says. ‘‘I love Hugh. You are trying to poke the tiger in the cage. When you are the best, you don’t have to call people out. Do you ever hear The D saying ‘f--the Stones’? Crowing about how great you are, that’s not being your best. And I would say it’s kind of bulls---. We only got a Grammy nomination for comedy. Anyone who listens to our f---ing album knows it is better than any album that came out last year.’’
And don’t get Black and his partner in musical crime Kyle Gass started about Coldplay being nominated for the best rock album Grammy. Gass says: ‘‘(They do) our favourite, Para, Para, Paradise. They write some catchy tunes. But they don’t really rock.’’
Since forming more than 20 years ago, The D have created Tribute (aka The Greatest Song In The World) and won fame and friends, including drummer Dave Grohl, with their braggadocio meets Dio sensibilities. The D opened for the Foo Fighters on their last Australian tour in late 2011 and were Grohl’s guests when he hosted Chelsea Lately in the lead-up to the Grammys. ‘‘Dave Grohl is an amazing creation. He is a musician, he is a filmmaker and does the acting and now a talkshow host. He’s a quadruple threat,’’ Black says.
The D return to Australia in May for an acoustic tour that includes a show at the Sydney Opera House. ‘‘In honour of the House, we are doing strictly opera. We are going to do The Barber of Seville. Or stuff from Tommy? That makes sense,’’ Black says. ‘‘It will just be the two of us; we’re going to go back to our roots.’’
While Rize Of The Fenix was their ‘‘magnum opus’’, The D promise their fourth album will be ‘‘even better’’. ‘‘That’s where the magic usually happens. Led Zeppelin IV was their best; the Beatles’ fourth album . . . ah, what was it? Was it Revolver? No? OK, that wasn’t a great album, whatever it was.’’ Gass says The D have the working title for their record. ‘‘It’ll be Tenacious D Led Zeppelin IV. Or maybe Grammys Time.’’
Tenacious D play Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 10. Tickets go on sale on February 25
Tenacious D: Jack Black and Kyle Gass.