After experiencing Mac Sabbath, the world’s only McDonald’s themed tribute band, it is difficult to view the golden arches in the same greasy, light-hearted manner ever again. Born in Southern, California and raised on heavy metal riffs and saturated fats, four darkly disturbed and deranged minds have conspired to twist the music of Black Sabbath into the unholy entity known as Mac Sabbath. This month the band embarks on its largest tour to date, and the fast-food metal miscreants will hit the Neurolux on Wednesday, August 12.
Wearing McDonaldland inspired costumes and imagery, the quartet of anonymous performers take on the characters of Ronald Osbourne (vocals), Slamburgler (drums), Grimalice (bass) and Slayer McCheese (guitars). The band gives the Black Sabbath catalog a humorous renovation with songs like “Sweet Beef” (Sweet Leaf), “Frying Pan” (Iron Man), and “Never Say Diet” (Never Say Die), all delivered with tongue-in-cheek debauchery and assorted fast food props.
The band’s equally depraved manager, Mike Odd, tells the story of Mac Sabbath:
It was the Year of Our Lord 2013, and I was devouring a cheeseburger in a Chatsworth, CA franchise of a certain multinational fast food conglomerate which shall remain nameless. A crazed skull-face painted, dirt-bag, clown sat down beside me. This Skeletor reject of Uriah Heap introduced himself as Ronald Osborne and was familiar with my work. I was informed that Ronald, Slayer Mac Cheeze, Grimalice, and the Cat Burglar, were performing secret rock shows in the bunker-like basements of the local restaurants. But the time had come, he said, to bring drive-thru metal up from the ‘underground,’ and he asked if I would consider becoming the manager. Before I knew it, I was in a burger stand bomb shelter, witnessing Black Sabbath music, hilarious fast food lyrics, smoldering clown heads with laser eyes, a giant purple gumdrop bass player, and Tony Iommi with a giant cheeseburger head. I was confused, amazed and can’t ever remember feeling so………happy!
I agreed to manage his band. It wasn’t going to be easy—nothing ever is with a disturbed clown and a band of Monsanto mutants who refuse to reveal their identities because they think they came here from a wormhole in the time-space continuum direct from 1970. So pull up to the window and check your order, because I am proud to present the world’s newest concept in entertainment, the culinary disgrace that is MAC SABBATH!
Joining Mac Sabbath will be the supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, Texas. The trio gives a real sense of hope that all is well in the universe, and that pure honest rock and roll has once again returned to this planet on a mission to unite true believers. Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smith on drums, these guys have created a unique sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, paired with a deadly chalice of Black Sabbath. Mothership’s goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the ’70′s, updated and amped up for the modern day. The band has been non-stop road warriors since the release of their debut album in February 2013, successfully invading the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe playing either on festival stages, night clubs, or outdoors under the sun at motorcycle parties. This heavy rock juggernaut has only just begun their tear across the universal cosmos and have no plans of ever slowing down. Do not miss your chance to hop on board and join Mothership.
Tickets for this event are only $13 at the Record Exchange or Ticketweb.com and $15 at the door. That’s barely more than the price of an Unhappy Meal with a side of heartburn.