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Tenacious D

Formed: 1994
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Tenacious D news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

I Prevail Premiere New Music Video

I Prevail premiere their new music video for the track “Already Dead” below. The video was directed by Samuel Halleen and stars Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame.

Comments guitarist Steve Menoian: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 42

This week on the official MetalUnderground.com podcast, regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined once again by Ollie Hynes (aka Diamond Oz) to discuss what's been happening, with particular focus being on the recent Grammy Awards and the decision to give the Best Metal Performance Award to Tenacious D. Not only this, but Kevin has tickets to give away for August Burns Red's upcoming show in Florida, as well as for Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse's stop at the same venue.

We also have music from unsigned Canadian band, Ape War, with their songs, "Born of Sodom" and "Templar" being played at the beginning and end of the show respectively.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Amnesia Rockfest Announces 2015 Lineup

The Outaouais Rock team is proud to unveil the complete lineup for the 10th edition of Amnesia Rockfest, which will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Montebello marina in Quebec.

This year's edition will feature over 100 bands, including headliners System Of A Down (assuming you can wash the taste of that godawful "Crazy Train" cover out of your mouth by then...) and Linkin Park.

Other confirmed bands for the highly varied lineup include Bolt Thrower, The Offspring, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, Tenacious D, Deftones, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Ministry, and a whole lot more. More...

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Tenacious D Wins "Metal" Grammy

Surprise, surprise, the Grammy Awards continue to have no clue about metal (remember when Halestorm somehow won a metal Grammy?) with pathetic nominations that ignore 99% of the quality material out there from dozens of stellar labels and independent bands.

The Grammys don't actually have a category just for heavy metal albums or songs, but instead include a token "metal performance" category. Nominees in the "best metal performance" category included:

"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D (Ronnie James Dio Cover)

...and somehow Tenacious D won a metal award by covering Dio. Yeah, wrap your head around that.

If you hate music and want to join the circle jerk of uninspiring musicians with too much fame and money, feel free to find the full list of winners at this location.

For the run down on the real best metal performances (and albums, DVDs, and newcomers), check out our year-end awards over here. More...

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Best Metal Performance Grammy Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards have now been revealed, which includes a "best metal performance" category. The nominees in the category for the 2015 awards are:

"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D

Who do you think should win, and who should have been nominated instead?

In other metal-related nominations, Metallica's "Through The Never" movie is also nominated in the "Best Music Film" category. The Grammy Awards will take place on February 8th, 2015 and the full list of nominees can be seen at this location.

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Dio Tribute Album To See Release

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

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Tenacious D Posts New Music Video

Tenacious D posted a new music video for the song "To Be the Best." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Rize Of The Phoenix," which is due out on May 14, 2012 through Sony Records.

Check out "To Be the Best" here:

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Saxon To Play Download Festival 2012

Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon announced that the band will perform at this year's Download Festival in Donnington this year, which runs from June 8-10, 2012. The band will play the main stage on Saturday, June 9, 2012 with Metallica and Tenacious D.

Saxon's announcement reads as follows:

"Back in Donington! We are more than happy to announce that Saxon will perform on the mighty Download festival in UK!

"After the superior performances in 2008 & 2010 and the legendary gig in 1980 (which was recorded and released as a bonus disc on the latest Saxon album 'Call To Arms') and the storming gig in 1982, Saxon will rock the main stage together with bands like Metallica, Tenacious D, Steel Panther and and and...

"This will be the 5th Saxon appearance in Donington! Follow the call to arms and march to the holy grounds of Castle Donington to celebrate another powerful and great Saxon show!"

For the full lineup for Download, check out the tour poster here: More...

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Musicians Boycotting Arizona Over Immigration Law

Billboard.com is reporting that musicians, including Rage Against the Machine and Serj Tankian, are boycotting Arizona over a recently passed immigration law. An excerpt from the report follows:

Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented.

Groups like Cypress Hill, Juanes, Conor Oberst, Los Tigres del Norte, Rage Against the Machine, Cafe Tacvba, Kanye West, Calle 13 as well as Oscar winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore have signed on to the campaign, which was announced on thesoundstrike.net today.

Read the full article at Billboard.

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A Heavy Metal Christmas Song Round-up

Yet another way you can tell metal is on the rise (commercially) is by how many metal Christmas songs are out this year. I don't recall another year that I have heard of more than one or two metal renditions of Christmas songs. This year, however, I've seen postings for more than half a dozen of them - some old, but some new as well. So I've decided to compile a list of these metal Christmas songs so that fans of this sort of thing can listen to and download them while they're still online.

Personally, I'm a sucker for metal Christmas songs, but only if they're done well. I figure if I've got to listen to something, it might as well be heavy or at least have a rock or metal edge to it. Granted, some of these songs are not ultra-heavy, but I find them to be fun expressions for the holiday season by metal bands. Others are parodies of Christmas songs or Christmas itself, and these are usually heavier than the actual Christmas carols.

Without further ado, here's the list: More...

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Machine Head Covers Tenacious D

Fan-filmed video footage of MACHINE HEAD performing the TENACIOUS D song "Fuck Her Gently" on Halloween (October 31) in front of 4,000 people at the Festival Hall in Mebourne, Australia can be viewed below. MH frontman Robb Flynn was dressed up as "Rufus" at the gig, which was part of the Australian The Black Crusade tour, also featuring TRIVIUM and ARCH ENEMY. More...

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Tenacious D Plan West Coast Tour Dates

LiveDaily.com reports: Comic-rock duo Tenacious D, consisting of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, will head out on a short West Coast jaunt in February after finishing up a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The duo will kick off their brief outing Feb. 13 in Santa Barbara, CA, followed by three shows in the Pacific Northwest as they continue to back "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny," the soundtrack album companion to the pair's movie debut from last November.

Produced by the Dust Brothers and mixed by Ken Andrews (A Perfect Circle), the album features a guest appearance from longtime Tenacious D cohort and drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), as well as bassist John Spiker and guitarist John Konesky.

"The Pick of Destiny" soundtrack follows Tenacious D's 2001 self-titled debut, which the Dust Brothers also helmed, and on which Grohl also appeared.

Tenacious D was introduced to a national audience via its late '90s appearances on HBO.

Here are the curent Tenacious D tour dates: More...

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Zeppelin Say No Tenacious D's "Stairway To Heaven"

Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that comedian Jack Black tried to use LED ZEPPELIN's most famous song title, "Stairway to Heaven", in his new movie "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny". Permission was granted by the band — but after the scene was filmed, the ZEPPELIN members demanded to pull their song title from the gag.

The scene is in a mock Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set in California. The deal was: All rock groups depicted in this faked museum had to give permission to use their name, likeness, music and/or song titles. Black and his "D" partner Kyle Gass have a moment when they climb a huge staircase with a flashing neon sign "Stairway to Heaven."

"THE BEATLES said yes to having their image in the scene. Many groups said no problem," says "D" director Liam Lynch. "ZEPPELIN was a problem. They gave us permission and withdrew it after we filmed the scene with a huge 'Stairway to Heaven.' They said no and we had to re-shoot that part of the movie."

"We ended up calling the staircase 'Guitarway to Heaven,' " says Lynch. "And we were like f--- you. I don't really want to get into it more. We also had problems with the SEX PISTOLS."

For his part, Black isn't upset with the rock legends. "We liked 'Guitarway to Heaven.' It sounded a little dumber, which made me happy," says the comic rocker.

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Dio To Be In "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny"

Chris Lee of the LA Times reports: Former Black Sabbath frontman and heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio recalls first hearing about Tenacious D — that is, the metal-inspired comic rock duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass — in 2001, when they released "Dio," a song that argues: "Dio has rocked for a long, long time / Now it's time for him to pass the torch … You're too old to rock, no more rockin' for you!"

"Someone called me and said, 'You gotta hear this,' " says Dio, 57, longtime frontman of his multi-platinum selling band, Dio. " 'They want you to quit.' "

Instead, the hard-rock legend — widely credited with popularizing metal's raised index and pinkie finger "moloch" salute — chose to interpret the song as a paean. "The message was, 'We really like you and when the time comes, pass the torch to us and we'll carry on what you do,' " he says.

Largely as a result of the rocker's open-mindedness and sense of humor (Dio once showed up in cartoon form on an episode of "South Park" to perform his classic "Holy Diver"), he will appear in Black and Gass' November rock comedy, "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny."

In the film, Dio plays an apparition of himself — a kind of heavy metal Yoda — who counsels the 10-year-old Black on how to make good his dreams of rock grandeur. "The kid's sitting on the bed and he starts to sing to a huge poster of me — he's asking me what to do, saying all he really wants to do is rock 'n' roll," Dio says. "Then I come alive from the poster and tell him: Go to Hollywood where you'll meet your partner and rock 'n' roll forever."

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Just For Fun

Tenacious D Announce New Tour, Album And Movie

Tenacious D, the one-album wonder band that helped frontman Jack Black to a busy life on the Cinema screen have announced the unexpected; A Tenacious D movie. Entitled "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny", the movie is about two friends (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) who quest to find a mighty guitar pick which will aid them in their ultimate search of fame and glory in the rock and roll industry. Fellow rockers Meatloaf and Dave Grohl will also appear in the film. The movie will hit the big screen on the 11th of January 2007.

Of course, you can't have a movie without a soundtrack, and Tenacious D will be releasing just that, through SonyBMG, on November 11th. Likewise called "The Pick of Destiny", the soundtrack, to be produced by John King (The Dust Brothers), will follow the characteristically unique stylings of the duo's debut album. Star guests on the soundtrack include Meatloaf, Dave Grohl and Ronnie James Dio.

In support of the new album, Tenacious D will be heading out to tour New Zealand and Australia this coming January. The tickets are available as of the 11th of October. The tour dates follow:

New Zealand:

Tuesday 09 January - Christchurch Town Hall
Ticketek (09 308 5000 or ticketek.co.nz), Real Groovy Records, 438 Queen St, Auckland 0800 GROOVY

Thursday 11 January - Auckland Logan Campbell Centre
Ticketek (09 308 5000 or ticketek.co.nz), Real Groovy Records, 179 Tuam St, Christchurch 03 366 7410


Saturday 13 January - Brisbane Entertainment Centre (reduced mode)
Ticketek (132 849 or ticketek.com.au)

Tuesday 16 January - Sydney Hordern Pavilion
Ticketek (132 849 or ticketek.com.au)

Friday 19 January - Melbourne Festival Hall
Ticketmaster (136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au)

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