Tenacious D have put together Festival Supreme, a one-day Los Angeles comedy festival that will feature Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler and many others.
The festival will be held October 19 at Santa Monica Pier near Los Angeles. Though the festival will feature a ton of stand-up comedians, many will also be performing music like Tenacious D. These include Galifianakis playing piano, Eric Idle of “Monty Python” fame, Fred Armisen, Neil Hamburger Band, Tim and Eric and Maya Rudolph Prince cover band Princess.
Other acts include Tig Notaro, Demetri Martin, The Mr. Show Experience, The Mighty Boosh, Will Forte and Triumph the Insult Dog.
Tenacious D’s Jack Black explained the origin of the festival to Rolling Stone.
“There’s no real objective here other than to put on the greatest show this town has ever seen,” he said. “I feel like there’s an empty hole there, too. Like why hasn’t there ever been a really kick-ass comedy festival in Los Angeles? I can’t think of one. It’s like a no-brainer. This is where they all are. You don’t even have to fly anybody out.”
Black also explained how he got Idle to appear at the festival.
“I just sent him an email or a love letter,” Black said, “basically telling him about my favorite songs that he’s written, and I said this is going to be a special day and a celebration and that there was going to be amusement park rides and good food to eat and that people are going to be kicking out the jams all day and it wouldn’t be complete without him. And he bought it.”
Black went on to say that David Cross and Bob Odenkirk specifically asked to be called the Mr. Show Experience and not Mr. Show because they wanted to reinvent themselves in some way. He said he doesn’t know who else from the show will appear, but that he can’t wait to see it. Neither can anyone else, I imagine.
Tenacious D will hit up the East Coast for an acoustic tour early next year.
The duo, featuring Jack Black and Kyle Glass, call the new trek “An Old School Acoustic Style Tour,” and it will kick off February 28, 2013 in Atlantic City, N.J. at the Showboat Hotel and Casino: House of Blues. The pair are scheduled to remain on the road through a March 12 show in Miami Beach at The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater. In between those dates, the tour also will visit Boston; Providence, R.I.; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Orlando.
The tour will continue to support the group’s third album, Rize of the Fenix, which was released in May. That album was the group’s first album in more than six years, and it debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl played drums on the album as a special guest, and the record was produced by John Kimbrough.
In other news concerning Rize of the Fenix, the album was nominated for a Grammy last week for the upcoming 55th Annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony will be held early next year. Here’s how the group announced their nomination on their official website:
The music Gods have spoken and The D has just received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Comedy Album – Rize of the Fenix. Congrats to Jack and Kyle.
The band also was tapped to perform the title track from the album at Spike TV’s 10th Annual Video Game Awards over the weekend.
Black and Glass have been performing as Tenacious D since 1991, and in addition to the three studio albums, the pair has been featured in a television series and a movie called “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.”
One person was stabbed during a fight that broke out during a Tenacious D concert in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The altercation, which occurred about halfway through the show that was scheduled to last 90 minutes, halted the show. After the show stopped, the concertgoers, which number nearly 1,500, were told not to leave the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay until the area was secured, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
On Sunday night, Las Vegas police confirmed that at least one suspect has been arrested in connection with the stabbing, and police spokesman Jose Hernandez said there were some conflicting reports, but that a second suspect may have been arrested, as well. Hernandez did not reveal the identity of the suspects, and did not specify what charge or charges they could face.
“There was some sort of altercation that led up to the stabbing,” Hernandez told the paper, saying that there was a fight before the stabbing occurred. The paper also reports that a large pool of blood was left in the bar area near the stage.
The House of Blues at Mandalay bay has a capacity of 1,500, and venue was nearly full for the concert for rock-comedy duo made up of musician/actor Jack Black and Kyle Gass.
Tenacious D is currently touring behind their third studio album, Rize of the Fenix, which was released in May. The U.S. leg of the tour is scheduled to end July 31 in Los Angeles, and the duo is scheduled to perform a handful of European dates in October.
Before Rize of the Fenix was released, the band issued a statement calling the work a masterpiece.
“We recorded down and dirty in a friend’s garage with a shoestring budget of $600, much like Nirvana’s first album Bleach – or the Beatles first album Help. Rough and yet a masterpiece,” said the statement.
It was recently announced that Tenacious D would make appearances at this year’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin as well as the Sasquatch Festival in George, Wash., and now the duo has added some additional dates in between these two appearances. The new dates fall just after the upcoming release of the group’s third studio album, Rize of the Fenix.
Four new shows have been added at this time, and all are on the west coast. The first show will be May 23 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif., and then the group will play Oakland, Calif. on May 24, Bend, Ore. on May 26 and Vancouver on May 27. The Sasquatch Festival performance be on May 28 and the band’s SXSW appearance will be on March 15. Though no further American dates have been announced, the official Tenacious D website has an extensive list of U.S. cities the band plans to play later this year.
Tenacious D also has some European Festival shows lined up after these dates. They will play Nuremberg’s Rock im Park Festival, Nurburg, Germany’s Rock am Ring Festival and the U.K.’s Download Festival. All of these performances are during June, and the group will play some additional U.K. shows, as well.
Rize of the Fenix will be released May 15, and is the band’s first album since 2006’s The Pick of Destiny. Produced by John Kimbrough, the album features Dave Grohl on drums, John Spiker on bass and piano, and John Konesky playing guitar. The band’s website compares the album to Nirvana and the Beatles.
“We recorded down and dirty in a friend’s garage with a shoestring budget of 600 dollars, much like Nirvana’s first album Bleach – or the Beatles first album Help. Rough and yet a masterpiece,” said the statement. The website also describes the 13 tracks on the record as a “journey similar to that of Gandolph in ‘The Lord of the Rings.’”