In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tenacious D frontman Jack Black said that Rize of the Fenix was an album he's very proud of and that it was the band's best album. He spoke to movie critic Peter Travers and explained that Tenacious D fans will be stunned at how deep the record is. He also said that there are no references to Satan on the record, which will also stun people.
Jack Black believes rock 'n' roll is dead and that his band is rescuing the genre. Black loves Jack White, The Black Keys, and Foo Fighters, but says Rock is "a bit thin" after those three artists. The singer believes the last band to have the power to command an audience in a Beatles-esq way was Nirvana.
Two weeks before its official release date, Tenacious D decided to stream their Rize of the Fenix album in order to combat music downloaders. The disc was available on the band's website for free.
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.