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Monday 18 December 2006

Tenacious D: When The Devil Came Down To Brighton!

It's slightly disorientating to take your seat at The Brighton Centre expecting the stage to be set for two larger-than-life characters, only to find you're about to witness one of the biggest rock shows to hit Brighton .. ever!
Tenacious D Rock The Brighton Centre!

Recent live Tenacious D DVDs would have us believe that band members Jack Black and Kyle Gass would be up close, personal and acoustic.

But Sunday night at the Centre was all about size and theatricals. 'The D' were out to blow your mind, man!

Tenacious D's first weapon was their support-act, Neil Hamburger.

The worst comedian in the world .. ever! Hamburger was all part of the mind-games from the Devil's favourite band!

With insults flying we were finally primed to be entertained and amazed by .. "The D'.

With opener "Kielbasa' followed by a wild version of Queen-classic, "Flash', it was obvious that the two men on stage were building to something much bigger.

But there was more to come from the duo, "Wonder Boy', "Lee' (joined by the character of the band's biggest fan) and a new, as yet, unreleased track.

There followed a movie-themed film on the big screen that resulted in the D's search for Christ being met by the anti-Christ (who looks like Christ).

Karl gets "electrocuted' after mock-purchasing a guitar that's basically a toilet-seat with a cardboard neck.

We also follow Jack's visit to Magic Mushroom Land. There's the meeting with The Metal (a guy dressed in metal), and an "in-the-flesh' visit from the Devil (on stage for the last quarter of the show).

And then there's the appearance of the full-band. Sat behind one of the biggest drum-kits to grace The Brighton Centre was Colonel Sanders on drums, Charlie Chaplin on bass .. my God, maybe you had to be there!

The evening ended with an "awesome' rendition of The Who's "Pinball Wizard' (very fitting for Brighton) and then it was out onto the Kingsway to find a lot of dropped-jawed teens not quite believing what they'd seen.

What a band, what a night. The Devil really does have all the best tunes!

For more info on Tenacious D visit - and for all info on forthcoming shows at The Brighton centre visit

by: Mike Cobley


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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on her final UK tour before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album. 

It is unusual to find Joni Mitchell's River alongside Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, but that’s exactly what happens on Katie Melua's latest record, In Winter.

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.  
Photo By James Bellorini

In 2015 William Rennie, 26, originally from Cardiff, and Darwin Prakash, 23, from Delhi in India, were participants of Glyndebourne Academy, based in Sussex, a talent development project for outstanding young singers who face barriers to following a standard path towards music college or a professional singing career.

Brighton-based tailor Gresham Blake's bold and inventive take on traditional suits has generated interested worldwide, with an impressive list of clientele including Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Plan B, Steve Coogan and Ray Winstone among many others.

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A talented new filmmaker from Brighton has been making waves internationally with an award-winning short film that sheds light on Asperger's Syndrome.

Nina Conti whipped out her monkey early. It's a puppet and she used it to get to know that evening's Brighton Dome audience. It's a clever trick from a genius act as it's also a way for Nina to identify who,. later in the act, is going to be chosen to don one of her famous ventriloquist masks.

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Bringing their spectral indie pop to The Green Door Store, this Autumn, Gengahr's Brighton date is just one of a slew of intimate UK shows.
Photo Credit: Alison Baskerville

All the profits from a new necklace designed by an award-winning Brighton based jewellery and gift company, will go to the Women for Women International (WFWI), a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help restore the hope and future of women survivors of conflict.

Two thousand people rallied together to join the fight against dementia at Alzheimer's Society's Brighton Memory Walk, last Saturday (8th October 2016).

It can not be underestimated how much of a legend Jean-Michel Jarre is in the world ofelectronic music. 

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