Tenacious D pays tribute
to selves, music and crowd
By Ray Hafner
Daily Cougar Staff
Can the greatest rock band in the world
write a tribute song to a song that doesn't exist? Can the most epic rock
performers sing most
passionately about Sasquatch, kielbasa
sausage and socks? Can that band be made up of just two fat middle-aged
The answer on all counts: No. Definitely
But the funniest one can, and Wednesday
night at the Verizon Wireless Theater, Tenacious D came to Houston for
its very first show ever in
Space City to fill that bill.
The duo that is Tenacious D, Kyle Gass
and Jack Black (who in another life makes movies), humbly strode to the
front of an almost bare stage
while the crowd whipped itself into a
The set opened with the theme from Flash
Gordon before it segued into its current hit "Wonder Boy." The band played
its first four songs without
pausing for any of the comedic banter
that makes up nearly half its self-titled first album. Then someone threw
a joint on stage.
"That's not what it's about," Black said,
feigning anger. "The genius is what it's about. That's just a side benefit."
The two blazed the doobie,
which they claimed was only "oregano,"
creating a perfect transition to their next song "Explosivo" about climbing
onto their steeds and smoking
From then on the band had trouble keeping
the crowd in the same fervor. On the album the comedic bits are tight and
serve mostly to get the
listener to the next song. When these
bits are stretched over a nearly two-hour performance it can seem to drag
"Tribute" is a song billed as the greatest
and best song in the world ... tribute, because apparently KG and JB (as
they're known on stage)
created the greatest song in the world,
but promptly forgot it. After playing that song the band left the stage
to go do some LSD in the desert and
find its new epic song.
Stagehands brought out a projection screen
to show the first of two videos. While the first one was funny and finished
with KG giving birth to a
baby through his anus, the clips slowed
down the whole show.
They returned to stage carrying the baby
doll and Kyle launched an a capella ditty titled "Butt Boy." The duo then
offered up the titular baby to the
audience throwing it to a well-endowed
woman saying "it will be well fed."
Finally they got back on with the show,
but this middle portion seemingly went on forever. It was not until JB
brought out a Saxaboom to play that
the audience fell back in love with them.
The Saxaboom is a kid's toy that most likely does nothing but annoy parents
in the hands of their
children. But when that same instrument
is placed in the hands of a serious musician, or JB's, it works wonders.
The team finished up the night with a three-song
encore promising to return. The crowd cheered loudly but not as enthusiastically
as at the
beginning. After the long set it might
be better if Tenacious D just came out with a new CD.