All Rize for The D
You know you’re in for a night of fun when a gig starts with a comedian talking about racism, raw mince and porn while a man dressed as a sasquatch plays the guitar and the drums.
A happy, bogan- y crowd followed the call of Tenacious D – actor Jack Black and his ‘‘brother of rock’’ Kyle Gass – to the noble halls of the Wellington Opera House last night, and they were ecstatic from the first chord of opening number Rize of the Fenix.
The duo rocked the house with just acoustic guitars – oh, and the occasional help of the sasquatch and their devoted roadie.
During Senorita, for example, the sasquatch returned to the stage, providing the first and probably only time I will see a grown man in a hairy Bigfoot costume play the castanets.
Of course, it didn’t take long for a theatrical on-stage fight to boil up: cue Glass storming off and Dude (I Totally Miss You) and Kyle Quit The Band.
But all is well again in the world of The D when they fall into Kielbasa, an obscenityridden ode to a sausage.
Verdict so far: Black’s vocals are great and Gass’ guitar is rocking.
Halfway in they play Led Zeppelin’s Rock n Roll, leading to headbanging on – and off – the stage, followed by the hilarious The Ballad Of Hollywood Jack And The Rage Kage. Later on they churn out crowd favourites Cosmic Shame and Tribute (The Greatest Song In the World).
Black, who spent a while in Wellington when working on King Kong with Peter Jackson, told the audience that Wellington is the best city in the world and that he would never forget it, which brought the already happy crowd close to ripping the Opera House apart.
The D delivered a unique theatrical rock, comedy experience to loyal fans.
You might find their humour childish, their jokes profane and their swearing a bit much; but there’s no doubt these two know how to entertain. Fairfax NZ
ON FIRE: Jack Black played with intensity in Wellington.