This Halloween, the mighty Mac Sabbath will be playing the legendary Whiskey A Go Go. Some might not need any more information than that, but if you’re asking yourself who (or what) is Mac Sabbath, then you’re not alone. For legal reasons, the band refuses to associate themselves with or even mention the name of any specific fast food restaurant chain, but imagine the music and stylings of Black Sabbath mixed with the imagery and lyrical content of one of America’s best known drive thru burger chains, and you’ll get an idea of what the Mac Sabbath experience is like.
For more information, enjoy my interview with band manager Mike Odd, who was first approached by clown frontman Ronald Osbourne inside an unnamed chain restaurant and asked to manage the band.
Elliot Levin: Hi Mike, how are you today?
Mike Odd: Not too bad, what’s going on?
EL: So you’re the manager for Mac Sabbath, the fast food themed Black Sabbath tribute band.
MO: Yes indeed, the creators of Drive Thru Metal.
EL: I guess the first question I need to ask you is “why?”
EL: Like why does this band exist?
MO: I drop to my knees and throw my hands to the sky and ask the same question every day. Like, “whhhhhyyyyyyyy?”
EL: According to the band bio, singer Ronald Osbourne approached you in a fast food restaurant and asked you to manage the band.
EL: Tell me about the band coming here from the 1970s through a wormhole.
MO: That’s the part I’m still trying to figure out. This is the kind of thing, when I deal with Ronald Osbourne, it’s the kind of thing I have to deal with. He is hellbent on the idea that the 1970s was the last time that real food was readily available, and he’s into all this stuff about food from the 1970s and the way that the government and food work, and now we’re living in this post-1984 Orwellian nightmare where the government is controlling food and poisoning the population, and the lesson we should all learn is that we need to go back to the 1970s where Black Sabbath is from. I guess.
EL: is it possible that they are, in fact, from the 1970s and came here through a wormhole?
MO: I suppose anything is possible. I never saw my life going like this.
EL: So Mac Sabbath will be playing at the Whiskey A Go Go on Halloween. The Whiskey is known for launching the careers of bands like Metallica and Guns n’ Roses, do you expect that history will consider this show the beginning of the drive thru metal era?
MO: Absolutely! I see bands popping out, like Burger King Diamond. I’ve seen them in two cities now, I hear KFC/DC is starting now…
EL: What if someone creates a tribute band to Mac Sabbath?
MO: … (long pause) That’s ridiculous!
EL: So that’s where we’re drawing the line for ridiculous today? The idea of a tribute band to Mac Sabbath?
MO: Yes! That’s the line.
EL: Tell me about the groupies that Mac Sabbath attracts.
MO: Actually there’s lots of clowns that show up, there’s a clown power thing going on, and fans show up wearing burger attire like burger hats. So there’s burger freaks, and clown freaks, and metal freaks, we get them all.
EL: Really I was referring to the backstage female groupies. I guess the real question is are they usually supersized?
MO: HA! There ain’t no backstage groupies.
EL: As you know, Black Sabbath will be touring this spring, including a sold-out show at the Forum here in LA. If fans can only afford tickets to Black Sabbath or Mac Sabbath, which should they go to?
MO: Go see Black Sabbath! Are you kidding me? Go see Black Sabbath and eat a cheeseburger! We are playing with Kramstein though, do you know about Kramstein?
EL: I do not, tell me more about Kramstein.
MO: Well, are you familiar with the concept of Krampus?
EL: I am not.
MO: Krampus is like this East European Christmas tradition, where over there instead of having Santa Claus, they have two, kind of like a yin yang thing. They have Father Christmas, the good guy who brings presents, and then they have Krampus, which is like a scary goat devil who kidnaps kids in bags and hits them with sticks. So Krampstein is a Krampus-Rammstein tribute band, where a band of Krampus is doing Rammstein music in German, about Christmas and Krampus.
EL: And they’ll be your supporting act.
MO: Yep, come early to see them.
EL: Let’s do a lightning round, I have a bunch of questions about both fast food and Black Sabbath.
EL: Which guitar riff is heavier; Iron Man or Sweet Leaf?
MO: I think Iron Man is heavier. There’s something about that, maybe because it creeps into your brain when you’re a kid.
EL: Is fast food bacon worth the extra dollar or 2 on premium sandwiches?
MO: Hell no, absolutely not.
EL: Is there such a thing as a bad Black Sabbath song?
MO: I’d rather listen to the worst Black Sabbath song then the best song of anyone else. How’s that?
EL: That’s a good answer. Is it better to get a value meal or several individual dollar menu items?
MO: I would not recommend the drive thru lifestyle. It will lead you nowhere.
EL: Can Zeppelin be considered a founder of heavy metal or is it clearly Sabbath and Sabbath only?
MO: I plead the 5th. Either way I’ll lose fans!
EL: Should Doritos be in more fast food products besides just tacos?
MO: I think everything should be made of Doritos. Automobiles, buildings, coffee makers!
EL: Do ballads or softer songs like Planet Caravan belong in live sets?
MO: Well I don’t consider Planet Caravan a ballad, but either way, no!
EL: Why don’t more chains offer hot dogs?
MO: Out of kindness?
EL: Is We Sold Our Souls a viable candidate for best Sabbath album?
MO: It’s funny, because we’ve been thinking of calling our album We Sold Our Souls for Cinnamon Rolls. Well, best-of albums are for little girls and housewives, but sure it’s a damn good album.
EL: Should toys be offered in adult meals also?
MO: Absolutely! 100%!
EL: If you had to, which would you rather give up forever; the first 4 Sabbath records, or all fast food products for the rest of your life?
MO: Doesn’t that mean I’ll starve?
EL: I guess you could eat, uh, salads? That’s a thing, right?
MO: I’m gonna go with four orders of Rat Salad.
EL: Clever. So Mac Sabbath will be playing the Whiskey A Go Go on Halloween, and I assume trick or treating the Sunset Strip as well?
MO: That actually might be happening. I think we’re going to go trick or treating with the merch girl’s four year old.
EL: Where’s the afterparty? In n Out Burger?
MO: There is no after… forever.
EL: I see what you did there. Okay Mike, thanks for talking to me today, you really are the world’s biggest Black Sabbath fan. See you on Halloween!
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Mac Sabbath and Krumpstein will be playing the Whiskey A Go Go on Saturday, October 31, and tickets are still available to this unique metal show here. Be sure to wear your burger hats, clown makeup, or other fast food attire to help usher in the new era of drive thru metal!