It's a rough slot even if you're a funny band, because our fans ... a lot of them apparently are not fans of music. They're really just fans of Tenacious D. Even if you're really good, too bad. I actually prefer to have people we don't know open for us, so when they receive the punishment, I don't feel as bad. I'm not in standing in the wings, going, "Oh, that's my friend you're crushing!"
Sounds like the gig of a lifetime! By which I mean that Tenacious D fans intend to end your life.
Despite the D's North American tour taking them through the Ryman Auditorium in June, it's sounding like we won't be treated to the sight of befuddled fans of The Pick of Destiny trying to piece together the Mega Man rock opera unfolding in front of them. What a bummer. As for the non-Canadians, here's your quarterly Protomen news round-up:
- Remember when The Protomen played Queen covers to a sold-out crowd at Exit/In in 2010? Remember when Neil from Cheer Up Charlie Daniels wore a spandex body stocking and made everybody just a tad uncomfortable? You can relive the magic of seeing a local band channel Freddie Mercury on CD, which you can now pre-order from their website. I can assure you that it's more legit than the recent official Queen incarnations, with the dude from Bad Company and the dude who lost American Idol trying their hand at being Freddie Mercury.
- This Friday (Quatro de Mayo) at The Brick Factory, Make-Up and Vanity Set will hold down the ones and twos for the vinyl release of his 8-bit remix of the band's debut. It costs $5 to get in and all of the proceeds are being donated to the American Brain Tumor Association. Check my Critic's Pick on Thursday for more on that. Pre-order tickets are available here.
- Who knows when/if that documentary's coming out, but a music video for “Light Up the Night” is coming sometime in the near future. It was shot last month in Brooklyn, with a horde of extras wearing Western shirts, Chucks and skinny jeans. And then they all got into costume. Jokes!