In today’s flooded world of tribute acts, an original schtick sometimes sets a band apart from its cloning peers and makes up for mediocre musicianship. California’s Mac Sabbath has found the most original and hilarious gimmick ever — dressing up like warped McDonalds characters and playing Black Sabbath parodies. You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here
This unique show has generated viral press around the country and found the band on stage at the Beachland Ballroom last night for a hour plus set of bastardized Sabbath McNuggets. “Iron Man” was aborted into “Frying Pan,” “Children of the Grave” into “Chicken for the Slaves” and so on.
Vocalist Ronald Osbourne is a great frontman. He's got all the Ozzy mannerisms down. A grill that was positioned center stage and hooked up to a smoke machine allowed him to fry up greasy goodness throughout the show. Spatulas replaced cowbells. Osbourne’s mic stand was a giant straw attached to a cup. His makeup made him look like the prodigy of the real Ronald but bred with the clown from the Stephen King classic IT. Condiment squeeze bottles allowed him to squirt what looked like piss or beer into the willing mouths of the audience. Stage presence aside, the tone deaf clown had little to offer in the vocal department. His off key wailing was as hard to swallow as a week old Quarter Pounder.
Guitarist Slayer MacCheeze held the sloppy musical performance together. His rhythms and leads were spot on in many areas. Bassist Grimalice looked like the McDonalds namesake had been born and raised in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl. Drummer Catburgler was a genetic mutation of the Hamburgler, wearing Peter Criss makeup. Mac Sabbath are the McDLT of tribute bands. The first taste is fresh and different, but by the middle of the burger, you’re ready to toss it in the trash and search for tastier replacements.