Tenacious D: Interview with Kyle Gass and Jack Black Patrick Slevin December 6, 2006 Interviews How was working with those two? You worked with them in the studio too. JB: It was great. Even though Dio is the king of metal, he’s also a sweetheart. Meat Loaf is a force of nature, still, to this day. It felt pretty legendary when he came on the set, ’cause you know he hadn’t sang in a movie since… KG: The Spice Girls movie. JB: Rocky Horror Picture Show. I don’t think he sang in the Spice Girls movie, I never saw it. KG: He played the bus driver. JB: He swears that he didn’t sing since Rocky Horror. Was there any pressure to censor yourselves as a result of School Of Rock and Nacho Libre attracting a young audience? KG: That Jack stepped out of the family entertainment role that he was comfortable in and had to do a salty R-rated comedy? Is that what you’re asking? Yes. KG: No. That’s actually Jack’s real, normal mode of humor. All the time? JB: Yeah, we all knew that it was going to be rated R from the beginning, and New Line, if anything, was saying: ‘Let’s make it more R-y.’ KG: Even though there’s virtually no sex and no violins. JB: (laughs) Kyle, I think you’re confused. Violins don’t make a movie rated R. It’s violence. How’s the tour going so far? KG: We’ve only had one show so far, but it’s been great. Are you guys using a backing band or is it just The D? JB: We have a full band this time. But we start off the show just me and KG. It’s kind of a high-concept show, in the spirit of Pink Floyd The Wall or ‘Mr. Roboto.’ We’re telling a story, we’re not just playing a bunch of songs. It’s a full narrative. JB: Yeah, we start off in Kyle’s apartment… KG: What was the story of ‘Mr. Roboto?’ JB: The story of ‘Mr. Roboto,’ it was set in the future and rock and roll was illegal. Robots from Japan were enforcing the no rock-n-roll rule. KG: Oh you mean like their economy cars? Who was Kilroy? JB: Kilroy was the lead singer. He was the hero. A hero would rise. KG: (laughs) He was defying the mandate. JB: To stop the Japanese robots. KG: This is basically like that, only there’s two Kilroys. Two heroes will rise. Are there robots? JB: No, there are no robots trying to stop rock from happening. It’s a lot different. And it’s a lot funnier than Pink Floyd The Wall. It leaves it in the dust in the funny department. Are there any balloons? JB: There are no balloons, but we do recreate the landscape of Hell. In exact detail. KG: (laughs) You’ve been there? How do you know what it looks like? JB: We sent someone down, got some aerial photos. Are you excited to play MSG? JB: Hell yeah. KG: It’ll be legendary. Tenacious D will be appearing at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Friday, Dec. 1 with special guest Neil Hamburger. The Pick Of Destiny is in theatres now. Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny is available in discerning record stores everywhere. Visit tenaciousd.com for more. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.