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Live Review Mac Sabbath delivers a super-sized tribute to the overlords of heavy metal at the Ritz

4 February 2017 No Comment

Mac Sabbath

Mac Sabbath
01-28-2017 @ The Ritz
San Jose, California
Photos & Review Jeff Longo

By the time you read this the Godfathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath would have performed their very last show ever on February 4th, 2017 in their hometown of Birmingham, England. While there are no shortage of tribute acts out there to carry the torch, Zakk Sabbath, Brown Sabbath, Bat Sabbath, etc., however you won’t see anything quite like Los Angeles’s Mac Sabbath. We caught their gig at The Ritz in San Jose wrapping up a trio of Bay Area shows as they prepare to hit the road in March for the 2017 Mockstrosity Tour with Metalachi and Okilly Dokilly, check out tour dates here.

Visually the stage show is straight out of a fever dream, with two severed Ronald McD heads flanking the stage with red eye-lasers beaming out into the crowd, a large soda cup mic stand, and a steaming grill center stage. The crowd erupted as the band emerged fully decked out as your favorite MacDonaldland characters. Lead by a demonic clown vocalist who calls himself Ronald Osbourne, complete with a fake British accent, fringed out costume, and outrageous stage antics that rivaled the Ozzman himself. At one point Ronald was on his knees guzzling a beer being poured through a giant straw by a fan in the crowd, which he appropriately replaced with a fresh PBR after the song.

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Musically Mac Sabbath are the self-appointed creators of ‚Äúdrive thru metal,” a satirical mash up of authentic Sabbath jams with hilariously altered lyrics, Weird Al style, warning of the dangers of fast food: “Pair-a-Buns” (“Paranoid”), “Frying Pan” (“Iron Man”), “Sweet Beef” (“Sweet Leaf”), “Never Say Diet” (“Never Say Die”) and “Zipping Up the Uniform” (“Symptom of the Universe”), while my favorite of the evening was Brand of Doom (ie Hand of Doom). Guitarist Slayer MacCheeze, with Motorhead-ish horns protruding from his cheeseburger face, stalked the stage effortlessly ripping out Iommi’s signature riffs, while bassist Grimalice and drummer the Catburglar, a.k.a. “Peter Criss Cut Fries” drove the demented beat.

Hands down Mac Sabbath delivers a super-sized & super-fun tribute to the overlords of heavy metal that will have your head banging and your mouth smiling.

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