Tenacious D Are Heading to Australia and NZ in 2024 for Their First Down Under Tour in Over a Decade

Jack Black and Kyle Gass will play seven arena shows on the Australian and New Zealand leg of their 'Spicy Meatball' tour.
Sarah Ward
February 07, 2024

When Tenacious D return to Australian and New Zealand stages in winter 2024, it won't just be a tribute — it'll be the real two-man comedy rock group, aka Jack Black and Kyle Gass, performing their first Down Under shows since 2013. The duo has announced July dates in seven cities, playing arenas as part of their The Spicy Meatball tour fresh from sellout gigs in the US, UK and Europe in 2023.

In the 11 years since Tenacious D last took to the stage Down Under, plenty has happened, including for Black and Gass. Black's acting resume has added everything from Goosebumps and two Jumanji movies to Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, voice work on Rick and Morty and lending his vocals to Bowser in The Super Mario Bros Movie. Gass popped up in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Hacks. And in 2018, the band released their fourth studio album Post-Apocalypto.

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Now, the Grammy-winning pair, which first came together in the 90s as theatre students in Los Angeles, has locked in dates in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in Australia — plus Wellington and Auckland in Aotearoa.

Expect tickets to go quickly if the overseas response is any guide. In London alone, Tenacious D's O2 show was all snapped up the week that it was announced.

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From not just their latest record, but also Tenacious D's self-titled 2001 debut, 2006's The Pick of Destiny — the soundtrack to the film of the same name — and 2012's Rize of the Fenix, attendees will hear 'Wonderboy', 'Tribute', 'Kickapoo', 'Low Hangin' Fruit' and more get a spin.

Also on the band's current setlist: 2023's 'Video Games', the group's first single in five years, and their cover of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game'. They've been busting out Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak', Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' and Led Zeppelin's 'Good Times Bad Times', too — but not The Super Mario Bros Movie's 'Peaches'.

Tenacious D The Spicy Meatball Australia and New Zealand Tour 2024 Dates:

Sunday, July 14 — ​ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, July 16 — ​Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle
Thursday, July 18 — ​Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Saturday, July 20 — ​Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Monday, July 22 — ​Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Wednesday, July 24 — ​TSB Arena, Wellington
Friday, July 26 — ​Spark Arena, Auckland

Tenacious D are touring Australia and New Zealand in July 2024, with ticket presales from 9am AEDT on Wednesday, February 7 and general sales from 12pm local time on Friday, February 9 — head to the tour website for further details.

Top image: Sven Mandel via Wikimedia Commons.

Published on February 07, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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