Tenacious D Rocks With Vedder, Grohl, Beck
Tenacious D drafted a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief last night (Jan. 17) at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre. The show featured solo sets from Pearl JaTenacious D drafted a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief last night (Jan. 17) at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre. The show featured solo sets from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Beck, all of whom stuck around for a show-closing jam with the D.
Actor Will Ferrell set the tone for the show at the outset, announcing, "It's going to be a very sexy evening, with actual artists performing live music." Ferrell proceeded to sit at a keyboard and mime a version of Coldplay's "Clocks," all the while eating a sandwich and reading a newspaper.
Homme dusted off "Mosquito Song" and "No One Knows" from Queens Of The Stone Age's 2002 breakthrough, "Songs for the Deaf," and also premiered two cuts from the group's upcoming album, "Lullabies To Paralyze": "Long Slow Goodbye" and "I Never Came," the latter featuring Grohl on acoustic guitar.
"If it's a good cause, I'll play just about anything," Vedder told the crowd before his solo set, which featured Pearl Jam's "I Am Mine," the Who's "The Seeker," and a cover of the '50s favorite "Last Kiss." Tenacious D's Kyle Gass took over on acoustic guitar for a closing sing-a-long on the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away."
After a brief, surprise set of stand-up comedy from Chris Rock, Grohl took the stage to debut a new song he said he'd penned that morning. Also featured were "Everlong," "Times Like These" and "Tired of You."
Beck performed "Guess I'm Doing Fine" and "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" from the "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" soundtrack. He also played "Lost Cause," which was upstaged by the appearance of Ferrell, in a red unitard, offering interpretive dance to the piece.
Tenacious D powered through a number of tracks from its self-titled Epic debut, including "Wonderboy," "Explosivo," "Lee," "Tribute" and "Double Team." When Jack Black wasn't playfully berating roadies to wipe him down, he and Gass found time for covers of the Who's "Pinball Wizard" and the entire closing sequence of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album."
The D also treated the audience to two songs pegged to appear in its long-awaited film, "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," including "Dude, I Totally Miss You" and an unnamed track Black said would explain the duo's hard-luck origins.
The full roster returned to the stage for a cover of the Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today," during which Grohl immediately broke a drum stick with his thunderous playing. Also performed were the Byrds-popularized "So You Want To Be a Rock'n'Roll Star" and Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times."
Ferrell made a final appearance on a reprise of "Time Has Come Today," this time wielding the cowbell he made famous in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch spoofing the recording of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper."
Proceeds from the show, which was organized by the new collective Music for Relief, will benefit the American Red Cross.