I got my first taste of Tenacious D back in December of 2001 when they opened for Weezer at Wings Stadium.  I remember asking several people if they wanted to go and they all said "MEH" so off I went by myself to be completely transformed by this never-before-seen world.  I was already a Jack Black fan and became an even bigger fan after that night.

Well, if you've seen them before or if you never have, Tenacious D is coming to The Kalamazoo State Theatre with the "Puple Nurple Tour" on September 27th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00am and will most certainly go fast. What a treat it will be to see them in an intimate setting like the State Theatre.  Here's some background in case you don't already know...

Black and Gass started playing together in Kyle’s studio apartment on Cochran Ave in Los Angeles. No one could have ever dreamed of where the band’s genius would take them, but take them it did.  The band had a variety series on HBO that aired in 1999. Their self-titled album was released in the fall of 2001 with Epic Records and was quickly certified at Gold-selling status, and has since been certified Platinum. The duo completed their first feature film together - Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny - for New Line Cinema, which was released in November, 2006. The album Rize of the Fenix followed in 2012, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.

 

In 2013, Black and Gass founded and hosted Festival Supreme, a music and comedy festival in Los Angeles, CA. In its first four years, Festival Supreme boasted acts such as Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, Flight of the Conchords, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Patton Oswalt, Die Antwoord, Amy Poehler, Workaholics, & many more.  In 2014, Tenacious D won a Grammy in the category of Best Metal Performance for their cover of Ronnie James Dio’s “The Last In Line.”  On November 2, 2018, Tenacious D released Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto – an animated film, with each frame hand-drawn by Black and every character voiced by Black and Gass.  Alongside the film, the band also dropped the album Post-Apocalypto. Together, they created a genius addition to the D’s already scintillating catalogue of rock greatness.  In early 2020 - with great excitement - Tenacious D announced they will add the final piece to the Post-Apocalypto universe: the graphic novel.

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