Exclusive Interview: Mac Sabbath

The self-proclaimed kings of Drive thru Metal.

By Darren Paltrowitz - Feb 26, 2016
Exclusive interview with Mac Sabbath's manager. The self-proclaimed kings of Drive thru Metal. Mac sabbath

Are you prepared to learn more about Mac Sabbath, made up of Ronald Osbourne, Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice, and Catburgler? The Black Sabbath tribute band has been taking the world by storm with extensive tours ever since they went viral in 2014. We recently got a chance to talk to Mike Odd, the band's manager, to discuss one of the most interesting hard rock acts on the road right now. It's time to get to know the kings of "Drive thru Metal".

How would you describe Mac Sabbath to someone who's a Black Sabbath fan?

It’s an over the top Arena size stage show packed into a club with your favorite fast food characters playing Black Sabbath songs with lyrics about the evils of a drive thru lifestyle. Laser clown skulls towering over the band. Cheeseburger head guitar player. Giant burgers bopping on the audience. Clown magic tricks, what more could you ask for?

Does the band's live show span the entire Black Sabbath catalog? Or pretty much just the early Ozzy catalog?

On New Year's Day 2015, Black Sabbath posted the "Frying Pan" video on Facebook and Twitter. The band is being supported by the Ozzy lineup of Black Sabbath. So needless to say they are not doing any Dio songs if that’s what you are asking. HAHA! Songs like “Sweet Beef”, “Brand of Doom”, and “N.I.B.B.L.E” speak for themselves.

 

What's the biggest challenge of putting on a Mac Sabbath show?

Well I am the manager, Ronald and the gang are anonymous, mysterious, and claim to have traveled here through the time space continuum from the 1970s and it’s my job to keep them at bay from modern society. So What's the biggest challenge of putting on a Mac Sabbath show? Dealing with Mac Sabbath!

Is there a specific reaction that Mac Sabbath is going for? Are the laughs as important as the rocking is?

Ronald has traveled here to deliver a message about how the 1970s were the last time that music and rock were genuine and that most of what’s available now is an imitation. There are plenty of laughs along the way as we are dealing with a clown here. But the message of genuine rock and organic sustenance seems to be the overwhelming idea.

How does managing a comedic tribute band compare to managing a rock band performing originals? Is it more of an uphill battle with promoters and the industry? Or do you find that most people "get it?"

Funny you should ask that. Before hand, when dealing with almost anyone in the industry, no one seems to get it at all. No one realizes what it is or what we are doing until the show is over, then and only then when they have seen it does it become easy. I guess it really does have to be seen to be believed.

Fast food and Black Sabbath aside, is there something you wish more people knew about Mac Sabbath?

It really is an amazing show. It’s hard to explain the camaraderie of the fans, the level of audience participation, and how a show so heavy, extreme, and downright wicked can somehow come off still family friendly?

Finally, any last words for the kids?

Stay in school, and even if you are in a hurry, skip the drive thru.

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Darren Paltrowitz

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident (and Long Island native) whose first proper concert was Billy Joel at the Nassau Coliseum. When not consulting or writing (or handling MTV, VH1 and CMT clearances at Viacom), Darren enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

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