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.

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