Tenacious D: ‘Our new album is better than Jack White’s’

Jack Black also says 'Rize Of The Fenix' is superior to Foo Fighters, Tom Waits and Gotye's latest LPs

Tenacious D have said that they believe their new album ‘Rize Of The Fenix’ “is better than Jack White’s ‘Blunderbuss'”.

The duo, who consist of actor Jack Black and comedian Kyle Gass, released the album on May 14. The album is the follow-up to 2006’s ‘The Pick of Destiny’ and the band’s 2001 self-titled debut.

Speaking to Reuters, Black said that he believed his band didn’t get the credit they were due “because we’re clowns” and added that he also believed his new album was superior to the recent efforts by Foo Fighters, Gotye and Tom Waits.


He said of this: “I do love Jack White’s ‘Blunderbuss’, I love the Foo Fighters, I love Tom Waits, his new record is incredible and Goyte. But our album is better than all of those, and because we’re clowns, we don’t get that kind of love.”

He added: “In a 100 years’ time, no one will remember Gotye or the rest, but the shining beacon of The D, they’re going to start religions after us.”

Black also spoke about why he continues to work with Tenacious D despite his successful acting career and said that being part of the duo was the part of his life that gave him “the most satisfaction”.

He said of this: “I go and do some other stuff, but I always come back to the D, because it’s the best stuff, it’s the stuff I get the most satisfaction for. On Tenacious D island, all things are equal, me and Kyle are on level-playing fields.”

Tenacious D will play five UK shows this June in support of the album’s release. They will play three shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on June 5, 6 and 7, Manchester’s O2 Apollo on June 10 and Glasgow SECC on June 12.

The band are also part of the line-up for this summer’s Download Festival, playing on a bill that is headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath. The festival takes place over the weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park, with the duo performing on June 9.