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Tenacious D Announces Festival Supreme Coming To Santa Monica This Fall

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Festival Supreme. It’s the new comedy and music festival that Jack Black and Kyle Gass, are throwing Oct. 19 on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Ca.  The day will feature appearances from Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Fred Arminsen and Triumph the Insult Dog are just some of the names you’ll be getting to see if you’re lucky enough to be in CA this October. Pre-sale starts Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET (password is SUPREME on Ticketmaster.com) and tickets will be released to the public on Friday (1 p.m. ET), starting at $99. For the full lineup, scroll down below.

Festival Supreme Full Lineup

Tim and Eric

The Mr. Show Experience

The Mighty Boosh

Sarah Silverman

Zach Galifianakis

Adam Sandler

The Gregory Brothers

Tig Notaro

Hannibal Buress

Eric Idle

Fred Armisen

Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum)

Will Forte

Demetri Martin

Dynasty Handbag

Reggie Watts


Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious

Garfunkel and Oates

Triumph the Insult Dog

Neil Hamburger Band

The Abe Lincoln Story

Nancy and Beth (Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt)

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Tenacious D Cuts Vegas Show Short After Fan Is Stabbed

Tenacious D Cuts Vegas Show Short After Fan Is Stabbed

What the fuck is going on people? Another weird act of violence has occurred in public here in the United States. Tenacious D were performing in Las Vegas last night (07/28/12) when someone was stabbed during their set. Details are sparse but the Las Vegas Review-Journal has shared that the stabbing took place at the stage right bar.

The D cut were forced to cut their set short by 30 minutes. You can watch the below fan footage to see how the band pulled the plug early.

Fingers crossed this is the last cowardly act of violence at a public gathering we see for a very long time.

Tenacious D Perform Two Songs On The Daily Show

Tenacious D Perform Two Songs On The Daily Show


Tenacious D took their act to The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart Thursday Night. That’s right, the Daily Show.  This is odd, when are their musical acts on with Jon Stewart? The is like when the Black Keys played Colbert (except that was good, and this is this).

You can view the videos  for “Dethstarr” and “Throwdown” below, courtesy of The Audio Perv

Also, you can check out a review of the D’s latest effort, “Rize Of The Fenix” , by clicking here



Photo Gallery: 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival

You could use a ton of clichés to describe our pal Phishbeard. Let’s just say homeboy marches to the beat of his own drum. A nomad, a free spirit, someone who shoots first and asks questions later. Homeboy spent Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge enjoying the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. He took no less than 1200 photos. Here are the best ones. We hope you enjoy.

Sasquatch! Festival 2012 Preview – A Letter to You From thenaturalstoner

Dear concert going friends,

I know you and I go way back (hope all is well!) and it has been a long time since we have talked, but there is just something extremely exciting that has built inside of me about what is going to happen this weekend at THE GORGE for the 2012 version of the Sasquatch! Festival that I must tell you about.  Last years Festival set the stage for a year of great memories and the need to “go back every year no matter what”.  We’ll see if that every year thing happens, but the terrible trio of thenaturalstoner, Phishbeard and Mr. Sparkly made it at least one more year and are ready to dominate every single thing about the next several days. I feel like last years performances by Chromeo, Modest Mouse, Foo Fighters, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer and more have planted a seed at the Gorge that is about to sprout like a f’n weed and engulf all 20,000 of us that are going to be there for the entire four days.

But really who gives a shit about last year anymore.  I know you don’t.  We are talking about 2012 and hooolllllly shit does it look exciting. I will be heading in pretty early Friday night to see Of Monsters and Men kick off the Fest. Maybe even a little earlier for Allen Stone if I get the urge, but I have been hooked on that Of Monsters and Men album for a long while now.  Most of Santigold will follow, and then one of the sets I am looking forward to most all weekend, Starfucker!! Sadly this means I have to skip the Mark Lanegan Band, which is a bummer, really wanted to see that one. Half of Girl Talk and then another performance to be VERY excited about, Explosions in the Sky. I have been told numerous times that their last Sasquatch! Festival set absolutely owned the Festival and was a “life changing experience”.  I don’t want to get hopes too high, but that portion of Friday sounds amazing.  Then Pretty Lights to take the night home aka into the raucous Gorge Campground to continue the party late into the evening.

Saturday looks to be my longest day inside the venue by far. Ideally I will make it in bright and early at Noon to see Reptar > Charles Bradley while Pickwick will be hitting hard on a different stage. I may still be asleep at this time however and might not make it into The Gorge until Blitzen Trapper at 2pm.  One of my only conflicts of the entire weekend is after that, The Civil Wars vs. The Alabama Shakes vs. Portlandia.  This is a game time decision friends. I know Mr. Sparkly and I will be at Jamey Johnson at the Sasquatch Stage afterwards, and then I will either see Childish Gambino or AraabMuzik.  Seeing Gambino a few weeks back makes this a tough decision as I really like the AraabMuzik jams I have heard. Some free time where I will see an interesting mix of Metric, The Shins, St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs continues the evening.  Probably my most anticipated set of the weekend, Jack White, followed by The Roots late night (HELL. YES.) caps off a Saturday for the ages.

I hope all is well back home. How is the family? Still got that pet, what’s its name?  Come visit us sometime, we miss seeing you up here.  Sparkly might be getting a new house, Phishbeards over in Oregon, I got an air mattress, come on up!  It will be like old times.

Back to the music.  Sunday to me is a complete free for all-except for the very end of the night.  I don’t really have much I MUST see this day, but there is an interesting assortment of bands playing: Trampled by Turtles, Blind Pilot, The War on Drugs, Chiddy Bang, M. Ward, Deer Tick, Tycho, The Head and the Heart and We Are Augustines are all early in the day.  I will be a roamer for sure (you remember how I do!). I might check out Apparat or Beirut before definitely catching half of Little Dragon.  My highlight of Sunday, a James Murphy DJ set up in the Banana Shack promises to be off the charts.  I’ll probably head over to get one song of Bon Ivers show on video so ConcertConfessions gets some web hits, and then its off to Feed Me (with Teeth!!) to dance the rest of the night away.

Monday will be somewhat bittersweet. A great day lined up to close out another long Memorial Day weekend full of memories (like back in the day when we were hangin’). I might get in there early for that Grouplove set, I don’t know. Gary Clark Jr. will be a for sure, especially after just watching his Hangout Festival set webcast, and then a little more free time for the MC.  The Joy Formidable, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Cloud Cult, fun., Feist, Shabazz Palaces, and Shearwater are all early afternoon and I will bounce around the place. John C. Reilly and Friends over at the Yeti Stage will be a great time, but I will have to sadly miss The Cave Singers and most of Silversun Pickups because of it.  Then my only other real big conflict awaits. I am certainly going to see the start of SBTRKT in the Banana Shack, and will have to miss all of Spiritualized.  However, one of your favorites, Tenacious D, is playing shortly after SBTRKT starts and I will have to decide if staying for them is worth missing half of The D. Another decision that will be made on the spot. I will at least see the end of Tenacious D before getting just a small part of Mogwai in. I wish I could see more but the great Beck is closing out the Festival over on the main stage.  I have been wanting to see him for almost TWENTY years now, and this will be my first time getting to do so.  Remember listening to Mellow Gold on end back in the day?  I hope it’s amazing. It sure seems like a great way to end a Festival, way better than Wilcos tame set last year.

So that’s basically what I am up to these days. Nothing else is really going on. I hope you guys are all good over there and your mom and dad are well.  Tell your sister thenaturalstoner says hello, she’ll remember.

I will talk to you soon. You should try to come up for Quatch ’13.



Video highlights from 2011 Sasquatch! Festival:


Sharon Jones introduction and ownage!

Modest Mouse

Flogging Molly fun, near the end of the clip I get told “Vomit’s running down onto your bag”! Hahahahahahaha

Tenacious D Perform ‘Roadie’ on Letterman

Tenacious D Perform ‘Roadie’ on Letterman

Easily entertained is how I would describe the majority of fans of music I run into.

That being said, last night Tenacious D stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City to play a boring song to a crowd that loved it. Maybe it’s because I don’t find Jack Black funny in most of his flicks that I don’t get this band. But I don’t care if they brought John Bonham and Jimi Hendrix back from the dead to play in the band, this stuff would still annoy the crap out of me.  But hey, what do I know?   I’m just a cynical asshole who doesn’t get current music. Or maybe I’m right.  Either way, here’s the video:

Click here to check out a brutally honest review of the new Tenacious D record from our founder and long time D fan Reverend Justito.

Tenacious D North American Tour Dates 2012

Tenacious D North American Tour Dates 2012

Tenacious D are set to release their third studio album Rize Of The Fenix on May 15th of this year. To celebrate, the band has announced a brief west coast trek North American tour that will take them from sunny Santa Barbara all the way to sunny San Diego.  While the first round of dates will be a brief West Coast jaunt that includes an appearance at the 2012 Sasquatch Festival, the second half will focus more on the midwest and east before wrapping up in the Pacific Time Zone. In addition to the new tour dates, the D have just released a hilarious video that catches us up on their hi-jinx since their film The Pick of Destiny tanked at the box office.  Tour dates (a/o 03/26/12) are below the video


May 23 Santa Barbara @ Santa Barbara Bowl
May 24 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
May 26 Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheatre
May 27 Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheater
May 28 George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
June 23 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
June 25 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
June 26 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
June 28 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
June 30 Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pie
July 2 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
July 3 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 6 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
July 7 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
July 19 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
July 20 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
July 21 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
July 23 Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
July 24 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
July 26 Denver, Co @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 29 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre


(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!


Sasquatch is one of Washington’s most widely regarded music festivals. Held annually at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch is known for hosting big name acts like Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Bjork, and Flaming Lips. Well this year, they’ve got a treat for you.

Here is the full lineup in order as it says on the website:

Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Nero, M. Ward, John Reilly and Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, The Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Jamey Johnson, fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled by Turtles, AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, LA Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal, I Break Horses, Walk the Moon, Dry the River, Allen Stone, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Yellow Ostrich, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Nobody Beats the Drum, Electric Guest, Coeur de Pirate, Lord Huron, Pickwick, STRFKR, We are Augustines, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Beat Connection, THEESatisfaction, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens and Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, SPACE3MAN, Don’t Talk to The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, John Mulaney, and Howard Kremer.

BEST OF THE BEST: Well it appears that Jack White will be making his solo US debut here at Sasquatch a month after the release of his debut solo album. That is certainly something to watch for.

With Beck, you should always expect the unexpected, so whatever he does will most likely be some sort of garage-punk/funky-pop weirdness explosion.

The self-described “greatest band in the world” Tenacious D will be returning to the stage after five long years, to coincide with the release of their new album.

Girl Talk is a mashup artist that can combine everything from War Pigs, to Teach Me How to Dougie, to 99 Problems, all without being sued.

Portlandia, a show led by Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (who will also play the festival with that group) and SNL’s Fred Armisen. It’s an amazingly funny and amazingly bizarre sketch comedy show that sold out crowds across the US when they brought it to the stage. Definitely something to see if you watch the show.

If you’re looking to relax after a long day’s festival, Explosions in the Sky should help (not Bon Iver). This post-rock emotional explosion of instrumental beauty is like a symphony of guitars that will put you to sleep in the best sense of the word.

Childish Gambino, or as Community fans know him Donald Glover, is a brilliant lyricist and deliverer of rap music. He’s also wicked funny. So whether he does something comedic or something serious, it should be brilliant.

Blitzen Trapper are Americana-folk at its best. With Sub Pop signing more folk bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper hopped on the first train out of Portland to play magnificent folksy music. It’ll be like a portal to another world, a world where all you should care about is not getting anyone’s vomit on your shoes.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Grouplove, fun., SBTKRT, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag. AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr., Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, STRFKR, The Sheepdogs.

Great lineup this year, if you ask me. Enjoy the show, all who are going!

FROM THE VAULT: Queens of the Stone Age & Friends Celebrate Natasha Shneider

Queens of the Stone Age & Friends 08/16/10

Music Box @ Fonda: Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

 (Note: This review was first published by MTVnews.com)

On the night of October 1st, 2005, I found myself inside the Hollywood Bowl enjoying one of my favorite bands – Queens of the Stone Age as the main support to Nine Inch Nails. As smoke from the rampant forest fires across the Southland choked the autumn air, I witnessed a quick and clever set from Queens. It was also the only time I would see keyboard player Natasha Shneider perform in any capacity. Natasha lost her battle with cancer on July 2nd 2008. To honor her memory and help recover some to the expenses from her fight, Queens of the Stone Age, along with some very special friends, put on a one of a kind memorial Saturday night in Hollywood.

During the two hour wait between doors and show, we were entertained by a DJ spinning rock over some European cinema. A common idea amongst the crowd was the idea that the film may have been a favorite of Natasha. Shortly after 9:00 pm, we were greated by the acoustic comedic heavy metal duo – Tenacious D. The D played a very loose set which lead axe slinger Kyle Gass dubbed their “Bonnaroo” set. With no planned set list, the five song gig featured classic D songs like “Kielbasa”, “Wonderboy” & “Fuck her Gently”. I have seen the D many times over the year, and it was interesting seeing the usually tight D playing so un-rehearsed. Despite this, the band had no problem turning the sold out crowd into the newest members of the D-ciple army. Not even Satan, who Jack Black blamed for his microphone malfunction during the final song “Tribute” could ruin an amazing evening for the self-proclaimed greatest band in the world.

As the road crew quickly arranged the stage for the main event, the screen dropped back down and played a five minute picture tribute to the life of Natasha. Showing a lifetime of photographs covering just about every human emotion, the crowed loudly cheered at the end of the tribute to the Russian born musician. The screen ascended back into the rafters of the intimate theater, and the current lineup of Queens of the Stone Age took to the stage. The band opened with the 2003 hit “Go With The Flow”. Lead by recently shaved Queens founder/frontman Josh Homme, the song started much slower and laid back than usual, but by the end was chugging along at the typical earth crushing Queens pace. The next four songs all came from the 2007 record Era Vulgaris including a sharp as nails take on “Misfit Love” and the Guitar Hero favorite “3’s & 7’s.”

As the last notes of 3’s rang thru the house, the five men who make up Queens of the Stone Age left the stage and made way for Polly Jean Harvey. Now, my knowledge of PJ Harvey is starts and ends at that big fish little fish swimming in the water song. After watching her perform, I think I have robbed myself and it’s time to seek out more. Accompanied by one time Queens member and partner of Natasha Shneider, Alain Johannes, PJ played a whispery song of hers called “Desperate Kingdom of Love”. From there, two songs from Josh Homme’s ongoing Desert Sessions project followed. Backed by Queens of the Stone Age as well as long time Queens/Desert Session producer/contributor Chris Goss, PJ and company ran though tight sounding versions of “Powdered Wig Machine” & Crawl Home.

While PJ made her exit, Alain & Chris stayed behind for versions of the hit “Little Sister” and another song from Era, “I’m Designer”. Sharply-dress Queens guitar player Troy Van Leeuwen was a monster on the later, jumping around in his designer suit while complimenting Homme’s playing. Mentioning the home town connection, a cover of “Not To Touch The Earth” By The Doors while both unexpected and great, was quickly forgotten for what was to come next. Former Soundgarden and current Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron (who would come and go the rest of the night) joined the band on a second drum kit for one of my all time favorite Queens songs. “Hanging Tree”, a Dessert Session number that found its way onto the band’s 2002 record Song For The Deaf was fast and brutal with its speedy and spastic riffs and pounding drums. Johannes took care of the vocals for “Hanging Tree” as well as the next number, a Dessert Sessions number called “Making A Cross”. With the mood a little more somber, Cross, a very slow and emotional song with it’s lush beauty but twisted and distorted ending made a good bridge into the upbeat.

It was time for us to smile again as the duo known as Tenacious D returned to the stage. With the D on vocals, the band dove into a fun cover of the Cream hit “I Feel Free”. When not singing, JB & KG were doing some kind of interpretive dance sending the sold out crowd into an uproar. The D did a great job of keeping the mood lifted, knowing when to be over the top, and when to keep the mood somber.

In fairness, I really am not a fan of Josh Homme’s wife, former frontwoman of The Distillers, Brody Dalle. However, given the circumstances of the evening, I kept an open mind to what she could bring to the table. Looking very elegant, yet somewhat lost and confused on stage, Brody sounded great on the Dessert Sessions number “Don’t Drink The Poison”. The next song which was called “Driving Song” had some great riffs and the vocal melody that Dalle is well known for. The real highlight of her time on stage however was the sweet interaction between her and Homme, even getting a collective group ahhhhh from the crowd after she received a quick kiss from him.

The final four songs of the night’s set came from the last two Queens records: the earlier mentioned “Era” along with the 2005 record Lullabies to Paralyze (which Natasha toured behind). I thought for sure ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons would join the band along with Tenacious D on “Burn The Witch” as he was billed as a friend. However, for whatever reason he was MIA from the event with no reason given as to why. PJ Harvey did return for the funky Dessert Session by way of Era Vulgaris jam “Make It Wit Chu”. With recent rock radio hit “Sick Sick Sick” firing on all cylinders after 15 months on and off the road, the band closed out the marathon set in ferocious fashion.

For the encore, Johannes returned to the stage for an acoustic number, with various members of Queens and Matt Cameron clapping behind him. A rocking “Fun Machine” lead into the stage being taken captive by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse “The Devil” Hughes. With “the ginger Elvis” Homme taking to one of the drum kits on stage, Hughes lead the house band through a rocking “Speaking in Tongues”. As cliche as it is to have the split the crowd in half and see who can cheer louder, Hughes did it with such enthusiasm and passion that one could not help but take pride in their side of the theater and scream their brains out. Hughes left the stage as quickly as he came, and the band launched into the last song of the night. We all knew it was coming, but none of us were ready for “The Long Slow Goodbye”. The last song on “Lullabies” and the perfect way to say goodbye. The mood was tense and Homme’s voice cracked as he fought hard to hold back tears. A look across the room and at the faces of the crowd and band clearly showed he was not the only one who failed to keep the damn from breaking. The song felt a bit slower than usual, and as hard as I tried to hang on, it was over all to soon. The house lights came on, and Homme thanked everyone for coming out. He followed the heart-felt gratitude by asking all the musicians to come back on stage for a group photo with the crowd. Queens of the Stone Age and friends came to pay tribute to their friend and they did just that. With a moving and sonic tribute to someone who left way too soon, Natasha was given a truly special send off, and I am very thankful I was able to be witness to it.



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