by Casey Schwochow
Zakk Sabbath is the Ozzy-era Black Sabbath tribute band fronted by Zakk Wylde. Wylde was the lead guitarist for much of Ozzy Osbourne’s projects. Though he never played in Black Sabbath, he has such a love for the band he named one of his sons Sabbath.
I last saw Zakk earlier this year as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour in which he played a scorching set of Hendrix tunes, Wylde style. He was the highlight of that show and to see him once again was not going to be a missed opportunity for me.
The rest of the three-piece band was Blasko (Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne) on bass guitar, and Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age) on drums. Everyone played with high energy you would expect from a set full of Black Sabbath material. Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster (who we interviewed before the show) would joined the band for their third tune “Supernaut” and played along with the guys adding a double snare section on the ending of the song.
They opened with the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave,” setting his strings ablaze as he wailed away on his guitar. Zakk Wylde works his performance with lots of guitar shredding and is a showman with his instrument. Zakk had his own riser on stage and used it often to showcase his amazing guitar work. He adds his signature style to everything he plays and it goes over quite well. Black Sabbath songs are treated as rock royalty, and Zakk Sabbath gave them the justice they deserve. The formula is there and they tweaked them enough to make it their own, while still maintaining the original essence.
During “War Pigs,” Wylde walked deep into the crowd to perform his lengthy guitar solo. As he played, all of the surrounding crowd was trying to capture the moment with their phones. It was a mad scene. Their set included renditions of six Sabbath classics and we could not have been happier with the results.
Children of the Grave
Supernaut (with special guest Jean-Paul Gaster from Clutch)
Into the Void
Fairies Wear Boots