Mac Sabbath, a Black Sabbath tribute band from Los Angeles performed at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri on February 11, 2018.
Mac Sabbath is one strange but extremely talented group of musicians. They play Black Sabbath songs, but they’ve changed all the lyrics so they have something to do with the fast food industry. For example, Black Sabbath’s hit song “Iron Man” became Mac Sabbath’s song “Frying Pan.” Everything is a parody.
The band members are all based off of rock and metal legends, while twisted with classic characters from the McDonald’s world. The lead singer, Ronald Osbourne, wears the classic Ronald McDonald red and white sleeved yellow jumper, complete with a Black Sabbath-esque cross patch on the front. The group’s guitarist, Slayer MacCheeze, is based on the Mayor McCheese character but pays homage to Motorhead with the giant metal tusks protruding from his burger head. The bass guitarist, Grimalice, is a weird version of the Grimace character with a small top hat that looks strikingly similar to that of Alice Cooper’s. The last member of the band is the drummer, The Catburglar, who also goes by the nickname Peter Criss Cut Fries. The Catburglar, based off of the Hamburglar character, plays a drum set that is made up of several burger-shaped drums.
The band was energetic and full of life on stage. Ronald Osbourne’s antics were quirky when he interacted with fans off and on throughout the show, like taking ketchup and mustard squirt bottles filled with water and squirting them at fans. At one point he even managed to pull out this massive drinking straw he had hidden inside his suit, in a pretty questionable manner. Throughout the show, Ronald Osbourne kept making references to other bands in a punny manner, like CinnaBon Jovi, Dairy Queensryche, Bauhaus of Pancakes, Dead KenneDenny’s, Agent Orange Julius, Spinal Tapplebees, and many more.
Towards the end of the evening’s killer show, Ronald Osbourne took out a pair of hamburger buns, and a rubber bat and made himself a bat burger over the grill prop on the stage. Ronald then danced around erratically while holding the bat burger before taking a bite of it, and biting the bat’s head off, a nod to Ozzy Osbourne’s infamous incident in Des Moines, Iowa, where he bit the head off of a live bat on stage. As the show was ending, an assistant who was previously manning the merch booth, dressed up as a Waffle House style cook, and came on stage and tried to put Ronald Osbourne’s straight jacket back on and lead him off stage. As he was being led off stage, the crowd kept chanting “One more song! One more song!” Ronald came back to center stage and the band played one final song, complete with Ronald getting a little crowdsurfing in over the crowded floor.
Overall, Mac Sabbath is a unique and awesome band to experience. I would personally, and highly recommend going to see them if they happen to be in your area. The whole show is great, there’s a little comedy, great stage presence, and some seriously killer musical and creative skills by the band.
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