Tenacious D: ‘Rock isn’t dead, but it has pneumonia’

The duo's new album 'Rize Of The Fenix' is out next week

Tenacious D have spoken out about a song on their forthcoming album, ‘Rize of the Fenix’, which is called ‘Rock Is Dead’.

The duo, made up of actor Jack Black and comedian Kyle Gass, have told Billboard that they don’t actually think rock is dead, but that it is “very, very ill”. Says Black:

That title was just so strong, very ballsy. It felt like an erect penis of a title. We just thought, ‘Is it really dead?’ Well, no, but it’s very, very ill.

Gass then added: “It has pneumonia.” Talking about the humour on the record, Black went on to say that the band don’t write jokes, but rather the laughs come organically: “The comedy is just something that comes natural to us. It’s who we are. We don’t write jokes. We just take subject matter we are genuinely interested in – or genuinely angry about – and just riff. It comes out funny after we send it through the Tenacious D computer.”

Tenacious D are currently streaming their new album ‘Rize Of The Fenix’ online in full, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to the record. The band will release 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.

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.