Tenacious D Triumphs In Birmingham: A Night Of Epic Rock

It’s an entirely sold-out tour for the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, but we are on the first leg of the Tenacious D UK part tonight in good ol’ Brummie. This is home to bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin, all of whom Jack Black later plays homage to.

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Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024

Words And Photography: Georgia Brittain

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

The arena is absolutely packed out, and with the movie intro music blasting for their entrance, the crowd goes wild at the first glimpse of the pair coming on stage.

We are treated to Kickapoo as an opener, with the crowd singing almost louder than Jack Black himself. Admittedly, his voice isn’t in the same pitch as originally sung, but we can’t blame him considering this was originally released almost 20 years ago now.

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Here’s what I like the most about watching Tenacious D live. It’s like watching an actual show. It’s not just song – crowd interaction – song. They almost play out entire scenes. 

From a giant robot coming onstage being ‘The Metal’ to a staged argument and a cheeky mooning from Kyle Gass ‘quitting for Dude I Totally Miss You, you almost look forward to the song’s ending to see what the pair get up to next. 

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

While they do their cover of Wicked Game, the pair sticks to their comedy roots by having their music video play on the big screens, which is nothing but them running around in tight swimsuits in the sea. 

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

It warms me to hear the crowd singing to every single song, the loudest being to the absolute classic, Tribute. Although Black doesn’t hit the same notes as he used to, apart from the iconic “rock – aaaaaahhhh!!”, the crowd does it for him without hesitation. 

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

The show cannot end without Gass and Black showing appreciation for ALL of their crew, something that is not often seen with bands. Anyone near the stage is called on, and the sound and light tech are told to give their solos, which is met with a bit of ‘check 1, 2’ and a silent light show.

Though this part goes on a little long, you can tell it’s for the band to show appreciation to everyone around them so the crowd doesn’t care much at this dragging out. 

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Ultimately, I’m sad the show has ended, knowing I didn’t stop smiling for the entire hour and a half. 

If you were unfortunate enough to miss out on a ticket, I recommend finding one on resale asap, because you will experience extreme FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) for sitting on this one. 

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

May

07may7:00 pmTenacious D - Spicy Meatball Tour / BirminghamResorts World Arena

08may7:00 pmTenacious D - Spicy Meatball Tour / ManchesterAO Arena

09may7:00 pmTenacious D - Spicy Meatball Tour / GlasgowOVO Hydro

11may7:00 pmTenacious D - Spicy Meatball Tour / LeedsFirst Direct Arena

12may7:00 pmTenacious D - Spicy Meatball Tour / NottinghamMotorpoint Arena

13may7:00 pmTenacious D - Spicy Meatball Tour / BrightonBrighton Centre

Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk
Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk
Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk
Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk
Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk
Tenacious D - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham - 7 May 2024
Tenacious D – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – 7 May 2024. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

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