Story by Heather Riske
Photos by Katlyn Moncada
The “greatest band in the world,” Tenacious D, visited Vintage Vinyl in The Loop early last night for an exclusive concert before its sold-out show at The Pageant later in the evening. Fans were admitted inside the store via wristband by purchasing copies of the band’s latest album, “Rize of the Fenix.” The in-store show sold out Sunday, according to the record store’s Facebook page. Vintage Vinyl staff said fans began braving the heat at 10am to line up outside the store in the hopes of snagging a prime spot for the intimate show.The two-man act, consisting of actor Jack Black and Kyle Gass, set up in the back of the store to play three songs for the crowd. In between favorites like “Baby” and “Roadie,” the pair cracked one-liners with the audience. “Does somebody have a small crate I can stand on?” Black asked upon taking the stage. “Hook me up a crate, bro.”
“Can I call you St. Louie?” he asked, to rousing cheers from the audience.
The duo was also quick to recognize a devoted 4-year-old fan perched on her father’s shoulders. “You’ll love some of our material,” Gass deadpanned, referring to the vulgar comedy the duo is known for. “Can we call child protective services, please?”
In order to save his “chops” for the concert, Black announced that Tenacious D would perform just three songs. After the short set, fans filed to the front of the store, where Black and Gass signed posters and copies of “Rize of the Fenix.”