Last night, just as The 57th Grammys were getting rolling on CBS, I was stepping off a plane at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, just in from the Disney/ABC #McFarlandUSAEvent in Los Angeles. Had I jockeyed my schedule around, I could've stayed in L.A. a bit longer to attend the ceremony at the Staples Center (a couple offers had been extended), but there was just no way for it to work out. My personal relationship with the annual award show is a rocky one - loving it as a celebration of music on one hand, while looking at it as an extravagant relic of years' past on another - bestowing the coveted Gramophone trophy upon artists and releases that often are far from the "best," and sometimes miss-the-mark to create curiosities of legendary proportions (hat tip to JETHRO TULL, here). For the public (and even many artists), the "how" of these nominations and awards is often muddied by a lack of understanding as to the process of culling the nominees... which I will explain as simply as possible.
It's been over a decade since TENACIOUS D first rocked speakers with their phenomenal debut album, and in that time the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass have witnessed their comedic musical offspring take a career path much like the bands they've been known to parody. The epic first album followed by a sophomore slump, the backlash, years of inactivity, and finally the inevitable rise from the ashes. It would be pretty funny if this was actually all by design. Ha Ha - the joke's on you, rock critics and music industry!
That's right, true believers - RIZE OF THE FENIX (pre-order it now on iTunes!), already hailed as ''The Greatest Album Ever Recorded by Anyone Ever'' by EXTRA's Maria Menounos, is coming to fine record emporiums nationwide on May 15th. The long-awaited comeback album by Kyle Gass and Jack Black, collectively known as the mighty TENACIOUS D, will demand to be a member of your audio listening collection. The Rock Father has the first music video for To Be The Best (featuring BATMAN FOREVER star Val Kilmer, along with old folks favorite Josh Groban and FOO FIGHTERS overlord Dave Grohl) along with a stream of the title track - Rize of the Fenix - below.