The self-proclaimed Drive-Thru Metal band Mac Sabbath returned to the Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri on July 31, 2019.
It was a fairly hot evening at Knuckleheads and the crowd wasn’t very impressive at first, which I personally thought was a shame since I knew how awesome this group was having seen them perform the year before. By the time the opening band, Playboy Manbaby, had finished their set, the crowd was much larger and more worthy of a Mac Sabbath show.
For those of you that have never heard of Mac Sabbath, they are a Black Sabbath tribute band that plays Black Sabbath songs with the lyrics changed so they are more fitting for the fast food industry. For example, Black Sabbath’s hugely popular hit song “Iron Man,” becomes Mac Sabbath’s hit song “Frying Pan.” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” becomes Mac Sabbath’s “Pair of Buns.” And so on…
This show was largely the same as the year before, which isn’t a bad thing. If you’ve got a show that works, people enjoy, and is hilariously entertaining, why change it up too much? One new addition to this show was the addition of a brand new song, and introduction of an entirely new character to the Mac Sabbath band’s roster. The band’s lead singer Ronald Osbourne told the audience that one night while working late in the kitchen he found something creeping around on the kitchen floor and ended up inviting it to join the group on their tour. Enter the Lizard. The Lizard character became the band’s harmonicist during their own parody version of Black Sabbath’s song “The Wizard.” Get it?
This group is definitely a must see for any Black Sabbath fan out there. It’s not just a hilarious show, these guys can actually play and perform. The guitarist, Slayer MacCheeze, can really shred away through some of Black Sabbath’s killer guitar riffs. Grimalice, the bass guitarist, kept the bass groove going strong all night. On the burger-themed drum set was the Catburglar who’s drum and rhythm skills were on par with several notable drummers in today’s music scene. Of course the final member of this group, Ronald Osbourne, could sing pretty well and kept the songs going one after another.
All photos © Andrew Mather