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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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