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Interview:
Tenacious D Making "One Big Burrito" Of Entertainment
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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For the record, neither

Tenacious Dís Jack Black nor Kyle Gass has ever had a guitar pick thatís classifi ed as ďThe Pick of DestinyĒ in their just-opened feature fi lm (see review, Page D-16).

ďI do have a favorite pick, but Iíve never had a lucky one,Ē Black says. ďOne time I had a lucky coin. It was a Chinese silver dollar, and a dude bought it off me at the casino, and it was bad. ... I never shouldíve sold it to him.Ē

The duoís run of good fortune has not been affected by that faux pas, however. Both have enjoyed active fi lm careers, while Tenacious D ó which the two veterans of the Actorís Gang theater company in Los Angeles started in 1994 ó has become a hip cult act with its own shortlived HBO series and a self-titled 2001 album thatís sold more than 1 million copies.

Black and Gassí hilariously profane brand of heavy metal with acoustic guitars gets a widescreen airing in ďThe Pick of Destiny,Ē which has spawned a soundtrack album and features cameos by real-life rockers Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The Dís achievements could open the door for Black and Gass to do the band full-time, but neither sounds like thatís in their plans.

ďItís kind of all a big burrito. Itís all entertainment,Ē Gass says. ďItís all pretty fun. I think you use everything youíve got in the bag, really.Ē

Black, meanwhile, notes that ďI donít know if thereís any movies that Iíve done that didnít have a little bit of singing in them. But thatís OK with me. I love to sing. I love to act. I canít answer which one I like better. Itís all good.Ē



Tenacious D and Neil Hamburger perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (November 24th) at the Masonic Temple Theatre, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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