As the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Tenacious D, Jack Black is a man of many talents, but is he talented enough to know how to play the piano?
Although it hasn’t been confirmed if Jack Black can play the piano, it might be safe to assume that he can’t. It’s thought that he sticks to playing the guitar for his band, and seeing as though his band produces hard rock music, there wouldn’t be a reason why he’d need to play the piano anyway since it probably wouldn’t fit in with the genre.
Read more below on Jack Black, his musical background with Tenacious D, and his background as an actor.
Jack Black’s Musical Background
When most people hear the name Jack Black they normally associate him as being an actor who has starred in popular, commercially successful films like Jumanji and School of Rock. As an actor, Black has many credits to his name and has received a wide assortment of awards, but acting isn’t all he does!
Aside from acting, as mentioned above, Black plays in his own band called Tenacious D as the lead singer and guitarist.
Originally named after the phrase “tenacious defense” used by Marv Albert and formed in 1994, Tenacious D is made up of Jack Black and fellow bandmate Kyle Gass.
In the US, there are around 2.3 million guitars sold each year, so from that, you can deduce that there are likely to be many millions of Americans who can play the guitar; usually, you can begin learning the guitar as young as age six, however, Jack Black didn’t begin playing the guitar until he was 23.
Out of the four albums that have landed on Billboard 200, half of them have ended up within the top ten with their 2012 album Rize of the Fenix reaching number four.
Initially, Tenacious D didn’t pick up much momentum with their first and debut self-titled album Tenacious D. Despite this, by the end of 2005, it was certified platinum after selling a total of 426,000 copies.
At the 57th Grammy awards, Tenacious D won the award for the Best Metal Performance.
Jack Black’s Acting Career
When it comes to acting, this is what Black is most widely known for. He made his breakthrough into Hollywood with his role as Dewey Finn in the 2003 comedy musical School of Rock directed by Richard Linklater. The film was a commercial success, making $131 million on a budget of $35 million according to Box Office Mojo.
He has also worked with famous faces such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Danny Glover in his appearances in the fan-favorite Sony franchise Jumanji.
Some other famous films he has been cast in include Kung Fu Panda, Orange County, Ice Age, King Kong, and Sex Tape.
Across his career, Black has received numerous awards alongside a plethora of nominations.
According to IMDB, he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6144 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 18, 2018.
“If I feel like I’m kicking a**, I definitely get high off the feeling of a job well done. But there’s a lot of fretting and stressing on the way on the road,” Black said in an interview with Balance’s James Gill.
Jack Black’s Personal Life
Jack Black shares two children with Tanya Haden whom he married in 2006. The couple’s two children, both boys, are called Thomas David Jack (born in 2008) and Samuel Jason Black (born in 2006).