Two Preteens Perform With Tenacious D

The Associated Press
Friday, January 12, 2007; 5:33 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Jack Black turned his "The School of Rock" role into reality when he plucked two preteen musicians from obscurity and asked them to perform with his rock band. Black played a teacher who turns his class into a rock band in the 2003 comedy, directed by Richard Linklater.

The 37-year-old actor-musician was touring New Zealand's South Island with his two-man band, Tenacious D, when he spotted the boys performing for money in central Christchurch on Monday.

Impressed, Black asked the young duo to open Tenacious D's Christchurch gig on Tuesday, according to media reports.

Drummer Max Tetley, 11, and guitarist Alex Philpott, 10, said they didn't sleep the night before the concert and had practiced their song _ Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" _ only about 10 times before the performance.

"We'll be scoring heaps of chicks," Christchurch's The Press newspaper quoted the duo as saying.

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