Cleveland, Ohio- The simple happy meal , long a staple of McDonalds bringing toys and joy to millions of kids over many years along with the chicken nugget , the innocent yet tasty companion to many a late night excursion. Now add the doom metal of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, mix well , add alcohol and serve hot .Serves millions . Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the musically act known at Mac Sabbath .
Mac Sabbath is an American parody heavy metal tribute band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2014. The self-appointed founders of “Drive Thru Metal”, the band is primarily a parody of English heavy metal group Black Sabbath, utilizing lyricism and imagery centered on fast food.
Musically, Mac Sabbath performs faithful covers of Black Sabbath’s songs with only the lyrics humorously re-written and re-arranged. For example, the band’s repertoire includes such parodies as “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“). Although all of the band’s lyrics focus on the umbrella topic of fast food, Mac Sabbath takes a decidedly satirical and condemnatory perspective on the corporate food industry, addressing areas such as fast food’s negative health effects and lack of nutritional value as well as genetically modified food, consumerism and low wage McJobs. Manager Mike Odd stated in an interview “As much as Mac Sabbath is a part of the fast food culture, the idea here is to warn you of the evils of fast food, not to endorse it”. ( credit goes to wikipedia for the above reference
The crew were dressed in fast food paper hats and uniforms and the stage was a McDonalds playland mixed with a house of horrors , one part funny all parts fun ! It was a great night with the crowd packing Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom to near capacity .
The band features
- Ronald Osbourne
- Slayer MacCheeze
To be honest I am not interested in set list but the feel and vibe of a live concert experience and this was one of the most original and fun I have had in a long time . Other bands have parodied Black Sabbath in the past , the infamously known ” Bastard Squad “did it with “Johnny Be Paranoid ” over 20 years ago but to create and whole culture on it is a feat onto itself . I highly recommend checking out a Mac Sabbath show in the future , it is not to be missed .
To learn more about this group please see the official site at http://www.officialmacsabbath.com/