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  • Writer's pictureMisael Ruiz

Mac Sabbath - Ventura, CA - 1/28/23

Mac Sabbath is a Drive-Thru metal band who parodies the music of Black Sabbath but changes the lyrics to match fast food. It may sound a bit weird at first but do a quick YouTube search and you'll see that it works out perfectly. The band members themselves dress up as characters from McDonald's with a heavy metal twist making themselves look like the members of Black Sabbath. The members are Ronald Osbourne (vocals), Slayer MacCheeze (guitar), The Catburglar (drums) and Grimalice (bass). One of their first shows of 2023 was at the newly remodeled Ventura Music Hall in Ventura, California. The venue was super packed by the time Mac Sabbath was ready to take the stage and it was set to be the perfect way to spend a Saturday night. Fast food and metal.

The lights went out and the crowd cheered with excitement as the drape covering the stage came down and revealed a fast food-themed stage. The band members came out and started the show with Organic Funeral ("Electric Funeral"). The last one to come out was Osbourne who was tied up in a straitjacket. In the middle of the song, Osbourne frees himself from the straitjacket and now the show truly begins. The next song was Sweet Beef ("Sweet Leaf"). Osbourne took a piece of beef, chewed it, then threw it back up into a bucket. He then poured beer into the bucket and ran around the stage and chucked the bucket into the crowd and out came...confetti. Their live shows are one big comedy show. Other products that Osbourne came out to use included a giant straw that he strategically pulled from his crotch, giant inflatable hamburgers and bottles of ketchup and mustard filled with water that he regularly squirted at the audience. In between songs, Osbourne would tell jokes about touring with other bands. Some of those bands included Twisted Sizzler (Twisted Sister), Dairy Queensryche (Queensryche), Cinnabon Jovi (Bon Jovi) and Iron Maidenny's (Iron Maiden). Mac Sabbath continued the fast-food madness with greasy classics like Chicken for the Slaves ("Children of the Grave"), Frying Pan ("Iron Man") and Pair-a-Buns ("Paranoid"). It was during the end of Pair-a-Buns when Osbourne got on top of an inflated hamburger and went clown surfing into the audience. The show came to an end with a snippet of Crazy Train originally by heavy metal icon Ozzy Osborne. The final notes played were the classic McDonald's jingle ending with "I'm Lovin' It". The show came to an end and Mac Sabbath said their goodbyes, then left the stage. The audience were all smiles and laughing from witnessing one of the most fun bands around. If you see Mac Sabbath coming to your area, definitely go see them as you won't be disappointed.

Photos and review by Misael Ruiz

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