Tenacious D Brought Post Apocalyptic Metal & Comedy to ACL Live: Review

by David McCready

In their anticipated return to Austin the comedy/rock duo, Jack Black & Kyle Gass-Tenacious D-presented the  audience with a performance of hilarity and rock music to support their new film and album, “Post Apocalypto”.

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Tenacious was joined during the show by country band Wynchester, which features Kyle Gass Band singer Mike Bray and Tenacious D guitarist John Konesky.

A large screen over the stage projected a raunchy animated short movie/rock opera film for their new album, Apocalypto. The film followed the duo’s epic misadventures ranging from discovering an all-female inhabited island quickly turning against them, to fighting their way through swarms of Nazi’s and Klansmen guarding a sacred treasure to save the world.

In between segments of the film, the duo performed songs from their new album that followed with the film’s storyline that never ceased to amass a wave of laughter from fans. As the animated film concluded singer, Jack Black took the stage to thank the audience for their premiere and was instantly met with roaring applause.

Photo Oct 17, 21 40 34 (1)With all the formalities out of the way, Tenacious D then launched the explosive second part of their performance which included playing all their well-loved classics, leading with “Rize of the Fenix”. In true comedic fashion, Black came sporting a large tiger print shirt in which he would tuck both his arms into and exchange satirical jokes with guitarist, Kyle Gass.

Photo Oct 17, 21 42 07The entire night was filled with laughs and humor and seeing the duo entertain the crowd alone, was nothing short of an incredible experience. As the night came to a close, the duo thanked the audience and departed the stage with thunderous applause. Tenacious D’s unique performance brought many laughs and entertainment to ACL Live, and will be remembered as one of the most interesting and creative shows of 2019.

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