Life's A Gass
The balder half of Tenacious D gives the lowdown on his new project and working with Jack Black
Kyle Gass, aka KG or Kage, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He made his name as one half of the Grammy award winning comedy-rock duo Tenacious D, where he serves as the dutiful comic foil to Jack Black. In 2011, Gass assembled his own group aptly titled The Kyle Gass Band and they’ve been building their own fanbase ever since. We caught up with the recently anointed frontman ahead of the band’s first-ever UK headline tour to find out how Gass has taken to life in the limelight after so many years in the shadows.
“Ha ha. Well those are your words”, Gass points out. “But of course The Kyle Gass Band does have my name on it, so sometimes I do stare at it and touch myself. But that’s just me.”
Gass and Black first met back in the ‘80s, when actor Tim Robbins recruited the two performers into the Actor’s Gang; a non-profit experimental theatre group founded by Robbins in California in 1981. And rumour has it that when they first met the two did not exactly see eye-to-eye. “We did not”, Gass confirms. “Jack’s much younger than me, so he was the new kid on the block. But he was confident, and very talented musically. I was both threatened and intrigued.”
Once Gass got over the initial sense of rivalry however, he and Black became good friends. They also discovered they had a mutual love of music, and the more accomplished Gass agreed to teach his younger protégé how to play guitar in exchange for food from Jack In The Box. By 1994, the seeds of Tenacious D were sown.