BlizzCon 2010: The Metal Battles Lich King at Tenacious D Concert (VIDEO)
Hand it to Blizzard — those guys know how to throw a two-day nerdgasm.
Wrapping up the closing ceremonies for BlizzCon 2010 Saturday was Tenacious D, a band the likes of which has never been seen, and it was just as theatrical and awesome as we’ve come to expect from Jack Black and Kyle Gass.
In tow to play some of the band’s hits — including “F— Her Gently,” “Tribute” and “Dio” from their album Tenacious D and “Kickapoo” and “Beelzeboss” from the movie Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, as well as at least one new track – was Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. It was an unexpected treat, even though Grohl and the D are long-time friends (Grohl gave a cameo as Satan in Pick of Destiny).
Grohl and his awesome drum work — which at points was epic enough to drown out even Jack Black’s crooning — were not the only guests of the evening. For PoD‘s “The Metal,” a guy in a big silver robot minotaur costume came out to do kung-fu as The Metal, as Black lyrically described the heavy metal genre’s defeat of all other forms of music.
The Metal final opponent was a fully decked-out Lich King, the major villain of World of Warcraft’s last expansion. After getting his ass handed to him by The Metal, Black and the two warriors did a quick kick-line dance.
Black and Gass did “Master Exploder,” which had so many hilarious moments that the pair actually had to pretend to play it; did their classic five-minute band breakup routine that included “Dude, I Totally Miss You” from PoD; and even battled Satan (not Dave Grohl) on stage for “Beelzeboss” before leading into “Tribute.”
It was the perfect wrap to the convention; a 16-year-old nerd’s version of a Disney on Ice performance. I don’t know if the concert alone was worth BlizzCon’s $150 ticket, but it was a pretty damn cool door prize for attending.