Rocker says opera may be the new Black

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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.

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