For those of you that remember, I mentioned last month that I had attended a rehearsal for the “imminent” return of the premier Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, Wizard of Ozz, prior to last night’s show at Brody McKay’s Tavern (formerly The Hairy Lemon) in Selden, Long Island. I also mentioned in that post that their show was going to be one for the books, due to the fact that the lineup for the band (which now consists of John Traylor, drummer Pete Anselmo, guitarist Brian Guinee and bassist Eddie Yeznach) had only recently come together.
The venue, which left a lot to be desired in terms of space, was actually a very fitting location (due to the smaller size than what the band usually plays at), because of the fact that the band prides itself on audience participation. The concert area was only big enough to hold maybe 50 people (which was evident last night, as people were packed into that small area to root on the guys) and the bar area had another 75 people, tops, but the sound of the band was INCREDIBLE! All who were in attendance, which included some folks I hadn’t seen in a long time, didn’t have a bad thing to say about the show.
The show, which in itself was beautifully set up (complete with a “video” backup on quite a few songs), consisted of such staples of the band like “Fairies Wear Boots”, “War Pigs”, “NIB”, “Sweet Leaf” and “Paranoid”. However, it included brand-new Wizard covers of “Into the Void”, “Behind the Wall of Sleep”, “Hand of Doom”, “Dirty Women” (complete with John’s daughter, Brianna, on keyboards) and a wonderfully done version of “Children of the Grave”, which also spotlighted Brianna’s multi-instrumental talent, doing backup drumming on the song.
The band played so well together that I couldn’t find any mistakes in their arrangements…Brian, Eddie and Pete together sounded better than ANY Black Sabbath tribute band out there. Musically, the band was wonderful in their executions of all of the songs in the two-hour performance and will hopefully be rockin’ the scene for years to come.
Also, as a personal interest, John and the boys added an “extra credit” to the set-list; a very touching tribute to my late brother Fred (whose birthday would have been April 17th) with one of his favorite tracks, “Crazy Train”, to close out the extravaganza! To John, thank you very much from the family, as he was “there” to witness the rebirth of the greatest Black Sabbath cover band!
The next time that the band plays together, which I don’t have information on yet, you should really check them out, as this author has been doing for quite a few years now; you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!
To John and the boys of the band (and, to my audience, as well)…
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\