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There have always been large gaps between albums for Tenacious D, giving time for Jack to focus on his movie career. Between the self-titled debut and Pick Of Destiny he was in High Fidelity, School Of Rock and King Kong, then starred in The Holiday, Kung Fu Panda and Tropic Thunder between Pick Of Destiny and 2012's Rize Of The Fenix. This downtime for the band gave Kyle the opportunity to focus on other musical projects, including the Kyle Gass Band.
"With Jack constantly working on movies, there was a lot of time away from the band. I just became side-lined," he says. "But in a way it actually helped me because that’s when I started doing side-projects; I couldn’t just wait around for Jack because I like playing too much. So, I made some lemonade out of the lemons. And I really love my band now. We have a great time. It’s not Tenacious D size, but what is?"
KG didn't keep his feelings bottled up, though. And he says he let Jack know.
"Obviously didn’t want to kill the goose, I still wanted to work with him," he continues. "And it was difficult because I also understood that’s just what Jack does, and he’s very good at it. So I had to deal with that. And I still deal with it to this day. We could probably be on an endless tour making lots of money and having lots of fun, but that’s not the way it is, and I just have to accept that. But I still enjoy it when it happens. And I think it’s worked out for the best because we’re still really good friends. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and right now our friendship is in the most comfortable and beautiful place it’s ever been."
Earlier this year, Kyle and Jack reunited for a cover of Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, while encouraging people to vote in the U.S. election.
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