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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 D’s Jack Black nor Kyle Gass has ever had a guitar pick that’s classifi ed as “The Pick of Destiny” in their just-opened feature fi lm (see review, Page D-16).

“I do have a favorite pick, but I’ve never had a lucky one,” Black says. “One 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 should’ve sold it to him.”

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

Black and Gass’ hilariously profane brand of heavy metal with acoustic guitars gets a widescreen airing in “The Pick of Destiny,” 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 D’s achievements could open the door for Black and Gass to do the band full-time, but neither sounds like that’s in their plans.

“It’s kind of all a big burrito. It’s all entertainment,” Gass says. “It’s all pretty fun. I think you use everything you’ve got in the bag, really.”

Black, meanwhile, notes that “I don’t know if there’s any movies that I’ve done that didn’t have a little bit of singing in them. But that’s OK with me. I love to sing. I love to act. I can’t answer which one I like better. It’s all good.”



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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