Tenacious D Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA May 28
Published May 30, 2012Clad in bright fluffy robes and pacing majestically onstage to the iconic Ennio Morricone theme for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Kyle Gass and Jack Black had their robes removed by roadies as if they were about to fight for the heavyweight championship. Fending off attacks from the wily sasquatch and an evil alien squid, the duo donned acoustic guitars on their adorable potbellies. Black's rubbery face began contorting and smirking while K.G. bore down on his six-string, the massive cock-and-balls "fenix" erected behind them. Black may sing with that mockingly over-the-top rock style, but the best performers are typically those who break on through to the other side, and Black must be included among them, living this stuff so thoroughly that moving about the stage is as natural to him as lounging about in his living room. Their whole aesthetic is essentially parody, yet, in their commitment, they end up making something more believable than most serious rock bands, a notion that could be inferred from their 2012 album Rize of the Fenix topping the Billboard rock charts, and with every man in attendance belting out all the words, "Fuck Her Gently" being one of the loudest sing-alongs of the festival.