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Interview: Rock gods Tenacious D chat orgasms, Rize of the Fenix and Manchester’s finest crowds

By Oliver Pritchard

Rock gods Tenacious D are returning to the Manchester Apollo with their new album ‘Rize of the Fenix’ next month – and MM caught up with Jack Black and Kyle Gass ahead of their UK tour.

The band, famous for humorous hits such as ‘Tribute’ and ‘Wonderboy’, along with Hollywood-cum-Face Melter Black, are back – six years after their last album was released.

D kick off their UK tour on Brighton’s beach before coming to Manchester on October 23.

And frontman Black struggled to contain his enjoyment and pleasure of writing the album and venturing back onto the city’s warming stage.

He told MM: “I honestly think it’s the greatest album in the last seven years.

“Everyone who’s heard it so far has creamed it, they’ve creamed upon it. The songs are better than orgasms, it’s been proven scientifically.”

And after tearing Manchester’s Apollo to pieces during their epic summer visit in June – the twosome are eager to howl their way into the ears of the city again.

“I remember that Manchester rocked extra hard,” Black added. “It’s the Philadelphia of England. That’s a compliment they’re a very rocking audience.”

The album was produced by John Kimbrough and was recorded in the garage behind his LA home.

It features Jack Black and Kyle Gass, performing with Dave Grohl, John Spiker and John Konesky.

MM will be covering their return on October 23 and for further information you can visit their website here.

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