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Mac Sabbath takes Chico for a ride


Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, so were the crowds at Lost on Main. They were about to enter the world of. …Mac Sabbath.

Who is Mac Sabbath, audiences may wonder?

A trippy underground band that performs Black Sabbath songs but with a McDonalds twist. Oh and they dress up as characters from the family loving fast food restaurant.

As the band hit the stage at Lost on Main, a red and yellow curtain was pulled up hiding whatever it was that going on. For those who are new to the band’s music, it was unclear what was behind the curtain but it sure added to the tension that was building.

As the comfort music of Elton John soothed in the background, there began a swelling of percussion slowly escalating as if some kind of new remix.

Then the music stopped and for a moment, as the crowd began to form around the stage, there was silence. The anticipation was building as a voice came out nowhere like some kind of Great Powerful Oz. To make the waiting even more insane, alarm bells began to ring. Then as if the tension couldn’t rise anymore, the curtains fell.

Mac Sabbath performs at Lost on Main in Downtown Chico, March 7, 2015. Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Let’s start with the set up. On center stage, there was the lead singer himself, Ronald Osborne. His twisted smile and clown makeup would send shivers down any child’s back. He gleefully held the mic and quickly took control of the crowd. Beside him was his faithful guitar player, Slayer McCheese with horns protruding out of his cheeseburger mouth. How he or the bassist, simply called Grimalice, could play their instruments is one of many questions that one could ponder throughout the show. Sitting in the back, pounding away on his drums is the tension builder himself, the Catburgler.

Anyone who’s a fan of Black Sabbath will recognize the clever reimaginings of certain popular songs such as “Frying Pan” instead of “Iron Man,” “Pair-a-Buns” instead of ‘Paranoid,” “Never Say Diet” instead of “Never Say Die,” and “Rat Salad” which oddly enough is still just “Rat Salad.”

In between songs, Ronald took time to hydrate himself with two bottles – ketchup and mustard but what he poured into his mouth was neither.

Some of the most entertaining moments of the night came in the shapes of Ronald using a giant straw to pretend to suck up audience’s drinks. His british voice playfully in our ears as he spoke in the mic; “Let me have a drink.”

Not to mention one of the last moments of the night which included Ronald sticking his hands down his clown pants and pulling out his underwear and then sharing it for all to see.

Either way, no one was bored.

The crowd seemed to be loving the atmosphere that the band brought on stage by either rocking out on the dance floor or throwing out a collective boos whenever Ronald Osborne himself began listing off cover bands that you would not see playing on stage.

“You will definetly not see Burger King Diamond. He is my nemesis.” he said.

An experience worth having even if its just once in your life, but to say that McDonalds will never be the same again is an understatement.

Erin Vierra can be reached at [email protected] or @gingersmurf85 on Twitter.

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