Concert Review: “Tenacious D” – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO

Tenacious D/Wynchester
July 27th, 2019
Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO

The self-named greatest band in the world, Tenacious D, stopped by Kansas City on a hot Summer night to promote their fourth studio album, “Post Apocalypto.” Their newest album isn’t filled with a lot of bangers, so the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass stacked their setlist with more recognizable songs, predominantly leaning on their first two albums to fill their setlist. The crowd, certainly inebriated to some extent, ate up every minute of it.

Before the iconic comedy duo hit the stage, Wynchester, featuring Tenacious D’s electric guitarist, took the stage to perform some comedic country music and a handful of covers. The acoustic act was a fitting opener as they played some decent toe tapping music and joked with the crowd, although a good portion of fans weren’t even in their seats yet, as they waited in a never-ending merchandise line or loaded up on beverages before the main event. 

Once the sun set, and Black and Gass hit the stage, the real show was on. Much like other comedic acts, Weird Al and Psychostick, Tenacious D is very serious about their silliness and their act. For those who don’t know, their shtick is that they’re a couple of guys who believe they’re the greatest musicians to walk the Earth, even though they’re a couple of pot heads equipped with acoustic guitars and a severe case of writers block. They crank that persona to 11 on stage, doing a handful of sketches before specific songs and sometimes improvising with one another. For those who’ve probably never heard of the band, or know of them, I’m not sure you would enjoy attend their show because you’d certainly be out of the loop and wondering why everyone in the crowd knows every word to their sexually explicit and juvenile songs.

Because any fans of The D would be content with a front to back cover of their first album, the concert felt a bit short because they only played six tracks off of their self-titled album. However, when I checked my phone before the encore, the duo, accompanied by a very talented backing band, had more than filled the requisite amount of time required, clocking in at nearly an hour and a half. By the time they were prepared to saunter off the stage, fans were already on their feet applauding and chanting, hungry for more, but happy with the massive helping of pot rock that they got. Fans who have yet to see the comedy rockers, like myself, will certainly leave satisfied. Those who’ve seen them before certainly won’t feel disappointed and will most certainly catch them on their next tour.

Tenacious D Set-List

  1. JB JR Rap
  2. Woman Time
  3. Save the World
  4. Post-Apocalypto Theme
  5. Rize of the Fenix
  6. Low Hangin’ Fruit
  7. Sax-a-Boom
  8. Roadie
  9. Throwdown
  10. POD
  11. Dude (I Totally Miss You)
  12. Kickapoo
  13. Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
  14. The Metal
  15. Dio
  16. Kielbassa
  17. Tribute
  18. Double Team
  19. Wonder Boy
  20. Fuck Her Gently

Win Passes to Kansas City Screening of “The Favourite”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Fox Searchlight to give (5) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see one of the most anticipated films of the year, “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

The film will be shown on Wednesday, December 12 at the AMC Town Center Theatre in Leawood, Kansas and will start at 7:00 p.m.

All you need to do is let us know below what movie due this Holiday season you’re most looking forward to seeing. (5) random entries will be chosen and will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. The contest ends on Monday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. CST. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Uncle Drew”

Media Mikes has teamed with their friends at Lionsgate to give 50 readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new comedy “Uncle Drew.”

The screening will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the AMC Studio 28 Theatre in Olathe, Kansas and will start at 7:00 p.m.

All you have to do is click HERE. The first 50 readers to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once all 50 passes have been claimed, the contest is over. GOOD LUCK!

Once Again, KC’s Planet Comicon Stands Above All Others

I’ve been going to conventions since the late 1970s. I’ve gone to small, one room gatherings, to the World Science Fiction Convention and every size Con in between. And every year, the one that consistently gets my nod as the Midwest’s best is Kansas City’s Planet Comicon. This year’s event was no different.

What makes Planet Comicon so special, and it was true again this year, was the variety of guests the show attracts. Besides perennial fan favorites from film, television and comics, they always bring out big guns with guests not only making their Kansas City convention debut but, on occasion, their very first convention appearance ever. This year, Planet Comicon treated it’s attendees with the chance to meet film stars John Cusack, Jason Mamoa and musical legend Alice Cooper. Not a bad trifecta of guests, especially when you pair them with other fan favorites in attendance, including Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker and Alan Tudyk. They were among the nearly 40 celebrity guests on hand this year.

Also popular, as has been the case in recent years, was the amazing cosplay participants who once again spared no expense in honoring their favorite characters. For the newly initiated to cosplay, there were several tables in the dealers area that were more then equipped to get you started on your way. The days of poorly made costumes and rubber-band held masks are long gone as cosplay continues to dominate the convention floor.

We at MediaMikes would like to send out a special “thank you” to Chris Jackson, Tracy Jackson and their incredible staff for their constant kindness over the years. I’ve attended every Planet Comicon since it began and it has amazingly not only gotten bigger every year but better. Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of Planet Comicon and I can only imagine what kind of a celebration they have planned for 2019!

Photos by Dan Lybarger

The Godfather of Shock Rock gets Geeky

We found Waldo

Clever “Moana” cosplay

John Cusack talks about the 1980’s classics he’s starred in

The biggest John Carpenter fans at the convention

We want to see this crossover

Danny Trejo radiates cool

Wet on wet

Hands down, the best “IT” cosplay at the convention

 

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Win Passes to the Upcoming Kansas City Comic Con

Media Mikes is happy to announce that they are giving five of their loyal readers and a guest weekend passes to attend the upcoming Kansas City Comic Con.

All you have to do is let us know below who you would like to see as a celebrity guest at a future convention. Five random entries will be selected and they will receive a pass for two to attend the Kansas City Comic Con, which runs from November 10th-12th, 2017 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

This contest runs through 10:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 5th. At that time, five random entries will be selected and those winners notified by email.

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Win Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “A Bad Mom’s Christmas”

Media Mikes has teamed with it’s friends at STX Entertainment to give 35 of it’s readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new outrageous comedy “A Bad Mom’s Christmas.”

The screening will be held on Monday, October 30th, 2017 at the Cinemark Palace at the Plaza in Kansas City and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

All you have to do is click here and download your pass. This is a first come/first serve contest. Once the 35 passes have been claimed the contest is over.

“A Bad Mom’s Christmas” opens nationwide on Wednesday, November 1st.

Good luck!

“A Bad Mom’s Christmas”
When: Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cinemark Palace at the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

Win Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “Goodbye Christopher Robin”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Fox Searchlight to give 50 of our readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”

The film, starring Domnhall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, will be screened at the Glenwood Arts Theatre on Monday, October 23rd and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

All you have to do is click here and download your pass. The first 50 people to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. After the allotted 50 passes have been claimed the giveaway is ended. Good luck!

When: Monday, October 23, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Where: Glenwood Arts Theatre
Leawood, Kansas

Win Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “Suburbicon”

MediaMikes has teamed up with it’s friends at Paramount Pictures to give 50 of our readers and their guest a chance to be among the first to see the new film “Suburbicon.” Written by the Coen Brothers and directed by George Clooney, the film stars Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

The screening will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Cinemark Theatre on the Plaza in Kansas City and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

All you have to do is let us know below your favorite Coen Brothers film. Perhaps you enjoy their early work, like “Blood Simple” or “Raising Arizona.” Or maybe you like their Oscar winning films, like “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.” Whatever it is, let us know below. 50 random entries will be selected on Sunday, October 22 and those selected will receive the pass codes via email. Good luck!

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cinemark Theatre on the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of the New Jackie Chan Film “The Foreigner”

Media Mikes has teamed up with our friends from STX Entertainment to give 50 of our readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new action film “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

The screening will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at the B&B Shawnee 18 and will start at 7:00 p.m.

All you have to do is click HERE. The first 50 people to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come/first served giveaway. Once the 50 passes have been claimed the giveaway is over. Good luck!

“The Foreigner”
When: Wednesday, October 11th
Where: B&B Shawnee 18, Shawnee, Kansas
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “My Little Pony: The Movie”

Media Mikes has teamed with our friends at Lionsgate Films to give five readers and three guests the chance to be among the first to see the new animated film “My Little Pony: The Movie.”

The screening will be held Saturday, September 30th at the Cinemark 20 and XD Theatre in Merriam, Kansas at 10:30 a.m.

All you have to do is click here and download your pass. Each pass is good for five people to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. When all passes have been claimed the giveaway is over. Good luck!

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Battle of the Sexes”

Media Mikes has teamed up with it’s friends at Fox Searchlight to give 50 readers and their guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Battle of the Sexes.”

The story of the famous tennis match between world #1 Billie Jean King and former tennis champ Bobby Riggs, the film stars Academy Award winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell and will be shown on Wednesday, September 27th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.

All you have to do is click here and download your pass. This giveaway is first come/first serve. When the 50 allotted passes have been claimed the giveaway is over.

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“Battle of the Sexes”
Where: Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO
When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at 20th Century Fox to give 50 readers and their guest a chance to be among the first to see the upcoming film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” All you have to do is click here and download your passes.

Each pass will admit the winner and their guest into the upcoming screening on Monday, September 18th at the B&B Shawnee 18 Theatre in Shawnee, Kansas. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.

This is a first-come, first-served contest. Once 50 passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended.

Good luck!

 

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MediaMikes has teamed up with our friends at Paramount and AMC Theatres to give five readers and their guest a chance to see the new film “mother!” during its run in Kansas City.

All you have to do is let us know below your favorite screen mother. Was it Bambi’s mom? How about Stifflers? Or maybe you prefer John Connor’s bad-ass mom Sarah from the “Terminator” films.

On Sunday, 9/17, we will choose five random entries. Those chosen will be notified by email and will be sent their run-of-engagement passes.

“Mother!,” starring Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, opens nationally on Friday, September 15th. Good luck!

 

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Concert Review: Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
August 15th, 2017

Review By: J.R. Deeter

“KHIT Radio….all the Hits, all the Time!!!” Don’t you just hate it when you attend a concert and the bands give you some of their hit songs, the ones you know from radio airplay growing up. Or from the constant hours you spent listening to the albums and cassettes you bought at Musicland? But instead they also play a bunch of songs you do not know….”Here’s one from our 3rd album”….ummm, yeah….time to hit the bathroom and concession stand. Well, there was none of that for the Foreigner 40th Anniversary tour stop at Kansas City’s Starlight outdoor venue (weather was great – just about perfect). If you got out of your seat at all, you missed out.

The show began with the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience, appropriately starting with “Rock N Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Over the Hills and Far Away”…straight through for a total of nine of Zeppelin’s biggest hits, wrapping it up with “Whole Lotta Love.” No “Stairway to Heaven” (thank you). I’ve never been a huge Zeppelin fan, but it was entertaining, with lead singer James Dylan holding his own on vocals and of course, Jason Bonham in charge from behind the drum kit.

Up next, in my honest opinion, the best part of the whole evening, Cheap Trick. They took the stage, opening their show as always with “Hello There,” then rocking through classics like “Big Eyes” and “Ain’t That A Shame.” They threw in a couple for the ladies, “If You Want My Love” and “The Flame,” then broke out the BIG HITS including “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “Surrender.” The band wrapped up their set with “Auf Wiedersehen” and “Goodnight.” Robin Zander’s vocals: still got it. Tom Peterson on Bass: doing fine. Rick Nielsen ROCKS and yes, his son Daxx Nielsen is still the drummer. And, yes, I still miss Bun E. Carlos.

40 years is a long time in the world of rock and roll…most bands never see that kind of longevity. Even with a few years of missing from radio, with no new music, if you’ve ever been on top with monster hits your fans will keep those songs alive. Foreigner is just that kind of band. They brought the best of their best for this show, opening with “Double Vision,” “Head Games” and “Cold as Ice.” They kept going and going, mixing power ballads like “Waiting For A Girl Like You” with rockers like “Dirty White Boy,” “Urgent,” and of course, “Jukebox Hero.” They closed the show, assisted on backing vocals by a choir from the local Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, with their biggest hit to date, “I Wanna Know What Love Is” followed 1978’s “Hot Blooded.”

I enjoyed it all…..while Mick Jones is showing his age at 72, his guitar playing is exceptional. Lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, apparently attempting to channel Steven Tyler, can work the crowd well and delivers vocally.

NOTE: Lou Gramm is playing a few shows on the 40th Anniversary tour, but alas, KC was not one.

Snag Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “Patti Cake$”

Media Mikes has teamed up with our friends at Fox Searchlight to give it’s Kansas City-area readers the chance to be among the first to see the highly anticipated film “Patti Cake$.” Called “an instant classic” by TIME magazine, the film tells the story of aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

The film also earned raves at this year’s Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. The screening will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza in Kansas City and will start at 7:00 pm.

To obtain tickets to the screening, just go to here and click on the “GET MY PASS” tab. Passes are first come/first serve. Good luck!

“Patti Cake$” opens nationally on Wednesday, August 30th.