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Jack Black Talks About Screwing Up During Elliott Smith Tribute Concert

November 9, 2015 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Off Camera (via NME), Jack Black spoke about his performance at an Elliott Smith tribute show in 2013 in Los Angeles, calling it a “fiasco”. He said it took nine attempts to finally get it right.

He said: “One of my favourite musicians of all time was Elliott Smith. He was a genius. So they were doing this tribute to Elliott Smith a couple of years back. They wanted me to do ‘Say Yes’ so I rehearsed for hours and hours in my car trying to memorise it. I wrote it down, I did everything in my power to get it right. We got there and it was my turn. And my brain just froze. I got to a line and my mind thought ‘What if I don’t remember the next line?’ and so I beefed it and said ‘Sorry everyone, we’re going to start from the beginning. I know no one else has f**ked up their songs, I f**ked up mine, though. But that’s OK, take it from the top. Elliott Smith’s sister was there, I think he had some other family members there. It was like ‘No, you have to get it right.’ It was almost like a memorial service. Everyone just erupted with applause and cheering because I made it through. It was such a catastrophe. It was a fiasco.

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