You would think McDonald’s and heavy metal don’t really mix very well, but a new band is actually ‘rocking’ the combination. L.A. based ‘Mac Sabbath’ is a heavy metal group made up of four rockers who dress up as McDonald’s characters – Ronald Osborne, Grimace, the Hamburglar, and Mayor McCheese – and perform Black Sabbath songs with burger-themed lyrics.
According to the band’s Facebook page, they are ‘not a joke page to sell T-shirts’. Instead, they describe themselves as “Ronald Osbourne and the whole gang in full regalia playing all their hits like ‘Sweet Beef’ and ‘Chicken for the Slaves’ in a multi-media show with video, theatrics, audience participation and sing alongs.”
Going by the description, it appears that the band has been around for quite some time now, but has mostly been playing secret shows in undisclosed locations. But they seem to have come out of their shell and done a string of live performances on the West Coast Last year. “I have recently convinced Ronald Osbourne and the gang to come out of hiding and play some above ground shows and allow me to bring them into the light through Facebook,” wrote band manager Mike Odd.
Their first ever live performance took place in July last year, and according to people who attended the event, it was pretty amazing. “Hamburglar came out first, tossing hamburgers at the audience as he took his place behind the drum kit,” wrote Jake Manson on the website ‘Weirdest Band in the World’. “Then came the guitar player Slayer McCheese, horns protruding from his cheeseburger mouth like he just ate a whole steer. Then came Grimace, and of course he plays the bass. Ronald came out sporting red and yellow fringed sleeves and took up the position behind a mic stand shaped like a giant milkshake straw.”
“The band launched into ‘Sweet Beef’ and the rewritten Sabbath songs just got more ridiculous from there: ‘Frying Pan’ instead of ‘Iron Man’, ‘Pair-a-buns’ instead of ‘Paranoid’, you get the idea,” Manson wrote. “The highlight came when Ronald reached into his takeout bag, pulled out a hamburger with bat wings, and took a massive bite out of it. Or maybe the highlight was when he started using a giant straw to sneak slurps of audience members’ drinks.”
Mac Sabbath has received great reviews for their music and funny performances on stage; in fact, they were even given a shoutout by Black Sabbath themselves!