Tenacious D at work on next album

Kyle Gass says completion is long way off

DETROIT -- Tenacious D plans to release another album -- just don't hold your breath waiting for it.

Group member Kyle Gass said that he and Jack Black, his partner in the irreverent rock duo, have begun work on their follow-up to the 2006 film project "The Pick of Destiny." "It's very challenging," Gass said, revealing that "we probably only have one to one and a half songs right now, and we probably need 12-15. It might take the rest of our lives, but I think it'll be worth waiting for."

But Gass does say, in his own way, that he and Black are indeed serious about their goals for the album. "We'd like to do one final masterpiece, I think," he acknowledges. "I think we both know we're approaching death, as it were, and we'd like to have a lasting legacy. ('The Pick of Destiny') was kind of a soundtrack to the movie so we had to fulfill obligations that way. And now it's kind of opened up."

Gass said he's also like to finish an album that his side project, Trainwreck, has been working on for five years. "I think that I need to really work harder at completing some of these projects," he notes. I think that I've been living on my laurels. I've been lazy, but now I think it's time to kick ass." Or Gass? "There ya go ...."

Gass is spending part of the summer with General Motors' GMnext Plug In program, for which he's traveling to music festivals around the world to shoot "hilarious video clips" of him interviewing and jamming with bands, which are then put up on the GMnext.com Web site.

He was most recently at the Rothbury Festival in western Michigan, where he hosted 311, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood and the Wailers, among others, and he next goes to Lollapalooza in Chicago.

"They're trying to drive traffic to their Web site," said Gass, who drives a Lexus but says he'd gladly accept a hybrid Cadillac Escalade. "They've realized they screwed up, and they now want to atone and start making fuel-efficient cars. Can they do it? I don't think so. Are they gonna try? Yes, they are. Do I get paid either way? Yes."
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