21st Century Appearances: 2008 Main Stage
The Defining Reading Moment: No not “Tribute” believe it or not it was “Fuck Her Glenty” that drew the evening’s most deafening sing along. Not to mention The D’s epic “shredding at Reading” in honour of a passing train.
Tenacious D being booked for the Reading and Leeds festivals was a major coup. They never tour/rarely appear over here so there was a real feeling of getting something special and festival veterans usually critical of the bookings made were gripped by genuine excitement.
The band’s records are usually lighthearted with somewhat jokey lyrics but this doesn’t hide the fact that Jack Black and Kyle Gass are actually fantastic musicians as well. Jack Black is obviously more well known for his appearances in movies and comedy but its that presence and showmanship that he takes into his musical endevours. He knows how to connect with a crowd and make them laugh, so with Tenacious D you really are getting a show rather than just a simple gig.
The feeling or emotion that the band stirs up for most people can be summed up perfectly by one night in the campsite I stayed in on one of the days prior to the Tenacious D performance at Reading. A friend was just playing a few tunes on her acoustic Guitar as we all sat huddled round a campfire with a few drinks, it was pretty chilled out until she started playing ‘Tribute’ then 20+ people at the campsite just instantly burst out singing it.
As for the actual set, they came on stage dressed as Wizards and Lizards and gave an immense performance. It was theatrical, comedic and musically perfect. It ended with the most popular song ‘Tribute’ which will forever go down as one of the greatest ever Reading festival singalongs. Craig Brooks