Tenacious D battles Trump Jr., Nazis and the Klan at King Theatre concerts

November 7, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Tenacious D kicked off a 16-city international tour with a two-show gig at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday. It was the first tour the rock comedy duo has gone on in five years. Photo courtesy of the Kings Theatre/Mark Doyle
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Tenacious D began promoting its fourth album, “Post-Apocalypto,” when it kicked off a 16-city tour at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush on Saturday and Sunday. This is the band’s first tour in five years.

Guests at the sold-out shows got to see the band, backed by an electric guitarist, bassist and drummer, perform the new album nearly in its entirety. Bandmembers Jack Black and Kyle Gass played with the band from behind a see-through screen that allowed them to broadcast animated shorts on the stage between and occasionally during songs.

The band used their songs and the screened clips to tell the story of Post-Apocalypto. The band was often nude in the animated scenes, which occasionally featured simulated sex.

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The narrative of the album revolves around a post-apocalyptic world where the band finds — and quickly loses — a dog named Hope, Jack Black briefly space travels and eventually both bandmembers do battle with teams of Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and Donald Trump Jr. on their quest to find the Crystal of Gilgamesh, an ancient artifact that will save the world.

While never being explicitly political at any point in the show, Jack Black ended the apocalyptic rock opera by telling the audience to vote, in a rare uncoded message.

The show continued as the band played on for another 45-minute set of their “greatest hits” in reverse chronological order, including “Kickapoo,” “Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown),” “Kielbasa” and “Tribute.” They ended the night by playing fan-favorite “F–k Her Gently” as an encore.


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