While Tenacious D may not be the most active band in the world, the comedic musical duo remains an enduring cult favorite. The core of the group is comprised of Jack Black, the unhinged, endlessly expressive vocalist we all know and love, and Kyle Gass, the legitimately talented lead guitarist and hilariously deadpan foil to Black’s comedic shenanigans.
On Sunday night, during their rare performance at Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA, Black made the surprising announcement that their critically-panned yet culturally-adored 2006 film, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, is getting a sequel. According to Billboard, Black noted from the stage, “I don’t know where you’ll be able to see it, but we have decided that it’s happening and it’s coming out.” He also mentioned that the film is likely due out in October.
In another recent interview with Kerrang!, he referenced the plans for a new Tenacious D project, saying “We’ve been working on it for years. It’s a post-apocalyptic musical comedy that’s an animated series that no one wanted in Hollywood but we’re making it anyway. And it’s very cheap, and it looks cheap, but that’s what makes it funnier.” He goes on to liken the animation style (drawn by Jack himself) to those of Beavis & Butthead. “So that’s the plan, we’re making this album called Post-Apocalypto, and it’s all a story, like a rock opera like Tommy or The Wall….just like those.”
Formed in L.A. in 1994, Tenacious D gained notoriety following the 1997 release of their HBO TV series, Tenacious D: The Greatest Band In The World. When HBO offered Gass and Black a renewal after a short string of episodes, they did so with the stipulation that the creators/band members would have to relinquish their executive producer credits on the show. Tenacious D declined. Instead, they went on to make a movie, 2006’s The Pick of Destiny. They have also toured extensively and shared the stage with a slew of high-profile rock stars.
Much like the show, the film is a fictitious “origin story” about the real band and the unwavering bravado with which they embark on the quest to become the greatest band in the world by procuring a fabled guitar pick fashioned from the tooth of the Devil. The film eventually culminates in a “rock-off” showdown with the Devil himself, played by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). Watch the epic rock-off from The Pick of Destiny below:
Tenacious D ft. Dave Grohl – Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
We’ll be waiting with bated breath for more info about this upcoming Tenacious D project. Until then, the band is slated to perform this June at Montebello Rock Fest in Montebello, Canada. For more information, hit the Tenacious D website.
[H/T – Billboard]