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Tenacious D Planning Comedy Rock Festival

1/18/2013 7:15pm EST
Tenacious D
Jack Black's band Tenacious D is set to team up with songwriting comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords for a comedy rock festival.
The School of Rock star and bandmate Kyle Gass want to set up a event which will focus on their unconventional musical style.
Black brushed off any hints of a rivalry between his band and Flight of the Conchords stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement insisting they would love a partnership with the pair.
He tells Rolling Stone, "We actually have been talking about joining forces, because we've always wanted to do a double bill. We're working on a festival, c...

Kyle Gass: 'I Was Eating Large Amounts Of Marijuana'

8/6/2012 11:36am EDT
Kyle Gass
Actor/singer Kyle Gass has credited his Tenacious D bandmate Jack Black with saving him "from the abyss" by sending him to rehab last year.

The funnyman admits he fell into a spiral of self-hatred and began getting high on marijuana brownies every day until Black stepped in.

Opening up about his treatment for the first time, Gass reveals it was Black who "saved me from the abyss" when his behavior flew "out of control," telling The Sunday Times Magazine, "I went insane last year. I had to be sent away to the loony hatch. Just rehab. I was eating large amounts of marijuana in brownies......

Man Stabbed At Jack Black Gig & Fan Shot At Jason Aldean Concert

7/30/2012 11:20am EDT
Tenacious D
On Saturday, a concertgoer was stabbed in the middle of Jack Black's Tenacious D set, forcing the group to cut the show short.

Guitarist Black and singer Kyle Gass were performing at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues in Las Vegas when a fight broke out. One person was stabbed in the leg and taken to the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Police have one man in custody and are not looking for any more suspects, according to 8 News Las Vegas.

It wasn't the only concert chaos over the weekend. On Friday, a Jason Aldean fan was shot after attending the country star's show in North...

Val Kilmer 'Dies' In Tenacious D's New Video

3/27/2012 12:10pm EDT
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer has made a cameo appearance in a new skit for Jack Black's rock group Tenacious D and is shown taking a bullet for the funnyman in a bid to get the band back together.

The group is preparing to release a new album, Rize of the Fenix, in May and a new comedy video to promote the record shows the Batman Forever star diving in front of Black as his bandmate Kyle Gass aims a gun at him.

Kilmer, sporting a fake bullet wound, then acts out giving a dying speech to Black, imploring him to reunite Tenacious D.

He says, "Don't worry, Jack. It was worth it. See, I didn't take a bulle...

Foo Fighters' Concert Caused Tremors In New Zealand

12/15/2011 12:27pm EST
Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters made the ground shake at a concert in New Zealand this week as experts picked up seismic tremor readings from the gig more than a mile away.

The band took to the stage at Auckland's Western Springs stadium for the outdoor gig on Tuesday and earthquake monitoring devices around the region picked up geological vibrations from the show.

The readings taken by scientists at the GeoNet project, an organization which monitors earthquake activity in the country, show the rock concert, attended by 50,000 fans, produced tremors comparable to volcanic activity.

A statement from ...

Jack Black To Perform At Autism Charity Concert

10/4/2011 8:25am EDT
Jack Black
Funnyman Jack Black is set to perform a one-off gig to raise awareness and funds for an autism organization.

The School of Rock star, who fronts rock group Tenacious D, will be performing at the Autism is Awesomism show at The Grove in Los Angeles on Tuesday as part of a new TV series, called Everyday Health.

Organizers are aiming to educate fans about the condition, while the gig will also benefit The Miracle Project, which helps youngsters with autism express themselves through music, dance and acting.

The Best & Worst Of Jack Black

6/23/2009 11:25am EDT
Year One
If only life were so simple as to allow enjoyable Jack Black be noticeably different than awful Jack Black. Perhaps the slightly thinner, slightly less beardy version of him could be the best version of him and the more unshaven and huskier version could be the worst version of him, or vice versa; something, anything, that would allow the audience to know what not to waste their time on.

Yes, if only life were this simple.

Sadly, it's not, otherwise I would not have recently lost 97 minutes of my life to Black's latest film, "Year One". While having its moments coming mainly fro...

'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

7/14/2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...

'The Best of The Who: Rock Band Edition' Available For Download July 15

7/1/2008 1:28pm EDT
Rock Band
There have been several important dates in the history of The Who: May 23, 1969 – Iconic rock album Tommy is released and rockets to No. 4 on the U.S. charts. May 31, 1976 – The Who's second concert at Charlton football ground earns them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's loudest rock band." July 13, 1985 – The Who re-form to perform at Live Aid and whip Wembley Stadium into an absolute frenzy.

Now, July 15, 2008, joins these dates, as a dozen classic songs by The Who get new life as Rock Band™ game levels. MTV Games and Harmonix announced today that many of the ...

Interview: Directors Mark Osborne, John Stevenson Create Balance Between Action, Zen in 'Kung Fu Panda'

6/6/2008 10:18am EDT
Kung Fu Panda
( – In this summer movie season of old men with whips, gals in stilettos and superheroes a go-go, you may ask: “Where’s the cartoon?” (“Speed Racer” doesn’t count.) Indeed, the most highly anticipated animation event of the summer is “Kung Fu Panda”. Oscarman Rating: 5.0/5.0

Filled with the voices of “A”-list Hollywood stars and featuring a classic combination of well-choreographed action, laugh-out-loud comedy and feel-good philosophy, “Panda” doesn’t pander and works on all levels. recently interviewed “Kung Fu ...

Most Popular Rock Bands of The 21st Century. . . So Far

2/26/2008 10:32am EST
There are many rock bands out there that have evolved over the past eight years, but only a few of them have really made a difference in the music world today. Of course, everyone has different tastes when it comes to rock music, but when researching to see which bands really made an impact on the 21st Century, these five bands seemed to appear wherever I looked.

1. Audioslave: Audioslave caused quite a hype when they first came together. The band consisted of former Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, and former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, so for anyone who was a...

Starpulse Q&A: Maynard James Keenan: N for New Album

11/6/2007 10:00pm EST
Maynard James Keenan
As the front man of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan has become one of the most successful and recognizable vocalists to grace the stage. Now, amidst the final weeks of his tour in promotion of 2006's 10,000 Days, Maynard releases V for Vagina, the first full length-effort from his Puscifer side-project. Starpulse caught up with the enigmatic musician to discuss the origins of his latest endeavour and his time in LA's alternative comedy scene.

What was the genesis of this project?

It's been a series of random events that's been going on since the mid 90's, mostly com...

Guitar Hero II 'Rock, Paint, Bid' Auction Features Jack Black, Tony Hawk, My Chemical Romance & More

3/8/2007 9:47am EST
Jack Black
Celebrities from the music, film, art and sports worlds will use their creative talents to design and personalize Guitar Hero II video game controllers for Rock, Paint, Bid -- an online auction by Activision, Inc. and Red Bull Energy Drink to be held April 3rd-13th benefiting MusiCares. The pieces will be on public display March 9-18 at Hi-Lo in Austin, Texas, where a surprise performance by a legendary guitarist will also mark the event.

"We are proud to be working with such an amazing list of artists and sports figures in support of this important foundation," said Tim Riley, Worldwi...

Meredith Vieira, Jennifer Hudson Named Biggest Flirts

1/18/2007 10:49am EST
Jennifer Hudson
"Today" show host Meredith Vieira, Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, and William Shatner head the list of flirts compiled by Flirtologist Jill Spiegel. These well-known flirts engage and inspire us, says Spiegel, author of "Flirting For Success" and "The Flirtologist's Guide To Dating."

"Flirting is connecting with people and life in a genuine, playful and meaningful way," says Spiegel.

Here's her flirt list:

* Meredith Vieira, uplifting "Today" host who values "fun and happiness." Flirts are down-to-earth.

* Jennifer Hudson, former American Idol contestant who wows us i...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

The "Greatest Band on Earth" Tenacious D Chosen as December's Xbox Live "Artist of the Month"

12/7/2006 9:39am EST
Tenacious D
Tenacious D has become The Pick of Xbox. Beginning

December 1, Xbox Live members can download exclusive Tenacious D content from Xbox Live Marketplace to their Xbox 360 consoles, including free videos from their new album The Pick of Destiny. Fans can download their latest video “The Pick of Destiny” for free on Xbox Live Marketplace, and select Xbox Live Gold members will also have the opportunity to go head to head with the band during their 90-minute Xbox Live “Game with Fame” session.

Fans who are interested in gaming against Tenacious D should log onto

Matthew Fox, Gwen Stefani & Others To Appear on 'SNL' This December

11/27/2006 2:46pm EST
Matthew Fox
Saturday Night Live warms up December with top-tier talent from screens big and small and music superstars. On December 2, star of the Emmy-winning hit show Lost Matthew Fox hosts the show with musical guest the greatest band on Earth Tenacious D (Jack Black & Kyle Gass).

On December 9, it's a pair of leading ladies headlining "SNL:" Oscar and Emmy nominee Annette Bening with musical guest Gwen Stefani.

Finally, on December 16, Justin Timberlake returns to "SNL" to once again do double duty as host and musical guest after his memorable turn in 2003 (which featured Timberlake as a...

New CD Reviews, Nov. 15, 2006 (The Game, Neil Young, Fat Joe, Akon, Tenacious D, Sublime, many more)

11/15/2006 4:19pm EST
The Game - Doctor
A number of rap and hip-hop albums come out this week including ones from Fat Joe, The Game and Akon. Plus check out fresh music from Damien Rice, Army of Anyone, Tenacious D and many more. Keep reading for info and reviews of this week's new CDs.

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Toying with expectations and respect is the dangerous tightrope the Game walks brilliantly, and while this is nothing new, the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut. Read review...

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse at the Fillmore 1970

This was the origi...

Gwen Stefani To Perform at American Music Awards

11/1/2006 10:30am EST
Gwen Stefani
Multi platinum singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani will light up the "2006 American Music Awards" with the debut performance of her new single, "Wind It Up," from her much anticipated second solo album, "The Sweet Escape."

Stefani, known for her energetic, heart pumping live performances, will debut the single on the telecast live, Tuesday, Nov. 21, (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. The show, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will emanate from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.

Stefani joins previously announced performers Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige,...

Rascal Flatts, Tenacious D & Snow Patrol To Perform at 'American Music Awards'

10/26/2006 11:51am EDT
Rascal Flatts
The chart-topping country trio Rascal Flatts has sold more albums in 2006 than any musical act in any genre. The two-time AMA nominee will wrap their Me and My Gang tour in early November and perform on the "2006 American Music Awards," airing live Tuesday, November 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.

In addition, platinum recording artists Tenacious D, whose film, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, will open the day after their American Music Awards performance, will take the stage to perform "Pick of Destiny" from their new album. U.K. import Snow Patrol, whose Eyes Open album has pro...

Jack Black Has High School Friend Pen Score To 'Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny'

10/12/2006 12:03pm EDT
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
Musician/composer Andrew Gross scores "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny" for New Line Cinema and director Liam Lynch. Starring Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Will Ferrell, "Pick of Destiny" tells the story of how "The D" became the self proclaimed greatest band on Earth. Gross and Black have a long history together - the two were Crossroads High School classmates in his native Los Angeles-- and Gross had done strings for several songs on Tenacious D's platinum selling debut album. The film opens November 17.

It is no surprise that Gross would work with former classmate Jack Black. The ...

Check Out 'Spankin' Free Music Week' on MTV

9/22/2006 2:44pm EDT
MTV: Music Television just announced the line-up for Spankin’ Free Music Week – the network’s annual nod to the best in music. From Monday, September 24, to Friday, September 29, every channel, platform and network of MTV including MTV Overdrive,, MTV2, mtvU and more will collectively team up to showcase the hottest music and artists for over 75 hours of music programming. In addition, MTV will offer simultaneous live coverage of “Total Request Live”, on-air and on "Spankin Free Music Week” will offer music lovers free music, free giveaways and much more ...

In additi...

Jack Black Dines On Grasshopper Enchilada

5/11/2006 1:12pm EDT
Jack Black
Jack Black dined on a grasshopper enchilada while filming his new movie, Nacho Libre. The 36 year-old (star of King Kong and Shark Tale) tried the exotic insect dish in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he is filming the Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) movie.

Jack Black mused to comic book magazine Wizard, “Dude, I did have some grasshopper enchilada! Here’s the thing: It tastes good, but you’re not going to be able to not think about it because you’re eating it and, ‘Now, yes, I distinctly tasted a wing.’ Or, ‘Okay, that was an elbow joint of a bug. That was its skull. I just crushed its skull.”

Dane Cook, Jack Black & Alec Baldwin To Host SNL This Month

11/30/2005 1:09pm EST
Alec Bladwin
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" brings out new faces and perennial favorites in December. The late night show's hosts this month include comedian Dane Cook, actor Alec Bladwin and funnyman Jack Black. They will be joined by musical guests James Blunt, Shakira and Neil Young.

December 3 finds red-hot standup comedian Dane Cook hosting the show. Cook comes to the show on the heels of the historic success of his comedy album "Retaliation" which debuted at Number 4 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest-charting comedian in 25 years. Cook has built a large and loyal following through rel...