Thursday, February 9, 2023

In Photos: Tenacious D brings big energy to the Port City

Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the duo behind Tenacious D since its beginnings in the mid-’90s in L.A. (Tom Dorgan/MoonFrog Media)

WILMINGTON — The amphitheater was filled with metalhead vibes Friday night at downtown’s Live Oak Bank Pavilion. Tenacious D played through a high energy set with DJ Douggpound — Doug Lussenhop — opening with comedy interspersed with music.

“Tenacious D didn’t disappoint,” photographer Tom Dorgan said, who captured images from the show for PCD.

The night kicked off with “JB JR RAP,” by Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the duo who have made up Tenacious D since its beginnings in the mid-’90s in L.A.

“We knew we were in for a good time as Jack Black held up the Crystal of Gilgamesh,” Dorgan said of the opening track.

Lots of back-and-forth repartee from Black and Gass filled the show, with laughter and electricity amped up throughout the night.

“Anyone unfamiliar with Black and Gass’ notorious banter and sketches might mistake their mid-concert meltdown for a real-time dissolve of the duo when Gass walked off the stage,” Dorgan said.

(Spoiler alert: He returns during Black’s “Dude (I Totally Miss You”).)

With tributes to The Who, Thin Lizzy and even James Taylor on deck, below is the setlist and pictures from the show, courtesy of Dorgan (MoonFrog Media).


Low Hangin’ Fruit
Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy cover)
Rize of the Fenix
The Metal
Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
Dude (I Totally Miss You)
Tribute (Jack Messed up the lyrics and d sang a later part and said “Oh, yeah, I f**ked up the song”)
Double Team ((With Panama intro, band introductions and Jack Black cover of “Carolina in My Mind”)

Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
There’s a Doctor (The Who cover)
F**k Her Gently

DJ Douggpound

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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