Cover Bands are a dime a dozen, you can see one pretty much every day of the week somewhere in the Twin Cities. A Black Sabbath tribute band? Now that is rare. How about an All-Star Band? Enter Zakk Sabbath, a band that features lead guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Bass Guitarist John DeServio (Black Label Society), and Drummer Joey Castillo who is known for Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal and a stint with Scott Weiland.

Zakk Wylde leads the way both on vocals and of course lead guitar. If you manage to be up close to him playing, it’s an absolute force to be reckoned with! Between his 6′ 2″ frame, massive beard and extensive hair being whipped about as he launched the show with “Supernaut ” from Black Sabbath’s Vol 4 Album, followed by “Snowblind “, and “A National Acrobat “.

Zakk Wylde Clapping Along With The Varsity Theater Crowd..

Zakk Sabbath absolutely did justice to the version of Black Sabbath staying true to the original and yet making it their own with several well-constructed solos. Watching Zakk wail on his signature Les Paul Bullseye Guitar leaves no doubt why he is considered one of the best shredders today.

The mostly sold-out Varsity Theater was treated to a 17 song onslaught that included several deep cuts including “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” a personal favorite of mine.

They also played several of the mainstream songs for everyone featuring “Children Of The Grave“, “Fairies Wear Boots“, and “N.I.B.” which seemed to energize the crowd with Zakk and his wild guitar playing lifting and playing the guitar over his head on several occasions.

Zakk Wylde Wailing Away On His Signature Bullseye..

Zakk Sabbath didn’t do the usual disappear and come back for an encore, instead, they launched into “War Pigs” with Air Raid Sirens a blazing!  This wasn’t quite the usual version of “War Pigs” either. Zakk easily turned the song into a 10-12 minute version as he left the stage wandering through the crowd, still slamming on the guitar! Zakk eventually ended up on the top balcony where he wailed away on that crushing solo for several minutes before making his downstairs and back on stage.

The solo was absolutely spectacular! With that being said, it did seem a little long and when he disappeared onto the balcony, several people left. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind.

If you get the chance to see Zakk Sabbath live, go! Black Sabbath was done proud tonight!

Don Jamieson of That Metal Show..

Opening Up For Zakk Sabbath At The Varsity Theater In Minneapolis, MN
The opening act tonight was funny man Don Jamieson. Don Jamieson who is mostly known for being one of the hosts of the now-defunct VH1’s That Metal Show which ran for an impressive 14 seasons. The show consisted mainly of making fun of bands from the 1980s! As much as I love the groups from back then, it’s quite easy to pick on. Don making sure asking the audience this doesn’t have to be a Politically Correct kind of night does it? Thankfully it was not!

Official Website To Buy His Guitars Here..

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