Tenacious D Partners With 46 For 46 For Swing State Tour

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– Tenacious Campaigners
Teancious D’s “The Purple Nurple Tour” will bring the duo to swing states this fall.

Tenacious D, the long-running comedy rock duo comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, announced a fall tour of swing states Monday.

With “The Purple Nurple Tour – Twisting Hard To The Left!,” Tenacious D will play several of the states most likely to determine the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.

The tour begins at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 25, and concludes at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 9. (As a press release announcing the shows notes, dates in Washington, D.C. and New York are exceptions to the tour’s swing state itinerary.)

Other stops include Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre (Sept. 29) and The Met Philadelphia (Oct. 7). All told, Tenacious D’s tour will hit Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, North Caroline, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.

 “In 2016, six states were decided by 2 percentage points or less, and ten states were decided by 4 percentage points or less,” the duo wrote in its tour announcement. “Swing states played a pivotal role in the outcome of that election, and they will again in 2020.”

Added Tenacious D: “With great rock comes great responsibility.”

The duo will embark on its tour in conjunction with 46 for 46, the partisan organization founded last year by Chris Moon and Kyle Frenette to increase civic engagement and impact the 2020 presidential election.

“Music has the ability of bringing people together and exciting people,” Frenette told Pollstar last year. “Our goal with this is to just make politics cool.”

The Tenacious D news follows Bon Iver’s February announcement of three Wisconsin shows in partnership with 46 for 46 scheduled for October.

Tenacious D returned to the road in 2018, and remains draw well into its career. Box office highlights from that trek included sold-out two-night stands at both Oakland’s Fox Theater, where Tenacious D moved 5,806 tickets and grossed $330,030, and at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, where it sold 5,080 tickets and grossed $248,920. A sold-out show at Washington, D.C.’s Anthem brought in $350,880 with 6,000 tickets sold.

Tickets for “The Purple Nurple Tour” go on sale March 6 at 10 a.m. local time. Find the list of dates below.

9/25 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
9/26 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
9/27 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
9/29 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
10/1 – Wilmington, NC – Wilson Center
10/2 – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater
10/4 – Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Soulful Symphony)
10/5 – Richmond, VA – Dominion Energy Center
10/7 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
10/9 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall