Jerry’s Pizza gets ‘Gassed’

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Gass gives his best sneer while performing "Man Child." Gass only played one Tenacious D song at the concert, making sure The Kyle Gass Project was center stage.

Samantha Briggs, Reporter

On a break from his performance at Jerry’s Pizza and Pub, Kyle Gass spoke about his love for performing in Bakersfield.

“I love performing in Bakersfield,” Gass said. “It has a great musical history and tradition, and it is great to be a part of.”

On Feb. 2, The Kyle Gass Band performed at Jerry’s Pizza and Pub. If the name Kyle Gass sounds familiar it is because Gass is a member of the rock ‘n’ roll duo Tenacious D. Local bands Tesla Meets the Coil, Meditated Assault, and Dreadful Selfish Crime were also scheduled to perform. The venue was packed with loyal heavy metal fans.

Before Gass sang, he made it clear to the audience that he would not be performing any songs by Tenacious D but that didn’t stop some audience members from shouting their song requests. ” We will not be performing any Tenacious D songs on the tour,” Gass said. “But Tenacious D will be having a worldwide tour later this month.”

The Tenacious D tour will begin Feb. 28 at The House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J.

At the Bakersfield show, the band opened the set with the song “Raise A New Hell” sung by the band’s vocalist and lead guitarist Mike Bray.

“A couple of years ago I got some of my really good friends together and started to play,” Gass said on how he got his band together. “Everything just clicked. I have very talented people around me, that’s the key.”

The other members of the band are John Konesky on guitar, Jason Keene on Bass, and Nate Rothacker on Drums.

The band also performed “Bro Hoe” and “Man Child” which are on their self-titled EP. Most of the band’s songs have a comedic flair to them. At one point in the show the drummer, Rothacker and singer/guitarist, Bray switched places. Rothacker sang a song about his dream to be the lead singer of the band.

Gass played a solo on the recorder during the crowd-favorite song “Gypsy.”

“I like to incorporate the recorder in a lot of my songs because, I’ve always loved that instrument when I was growing up and when I got my band I thought it would be a good opportunity to showcase it,” Gass said. The Kyle Gass Band closed the show with a cover of the Thin Lizzy song “The Boys Are Back in Town.”