Story and Photos: Spencer Fleming
As soon as you think you've seen it all, here comes a show completely out of left field. I had a previous engagement that fell through on Friday (10/13), but luckily at the last minute I was able to catch Mac Sabbath and Cybertronic Spree at the Waiting Room.
Dubbed the "More Than Meats The Eye" tour, these two rock bands were out to melt faces and take names. I was aware of Mac Sabbath previously and I recently learned about Cybertronic Spree when I heard about this show, but nothing can prepare you for seeing it live.
Before The co-headliners the punk rock band Playboy Manbaby opened the show. I had seen Playboy Manbaby's TikTok account and their hilarious videos so I was excited to catch these guys. They did a great job warming up the crowd with upbeat jams that focused on themes like rolling through town in a Cadillac and a new haircut, or telling your boss "Eff you I quit!". The crowd was pumped and sang along with all the wackiness.
Next up was Cybertronic Spree from planet rock. These alien robots came to Earth to destroy the Waiting Room and party like it was 1986! With a good mix of originals and covers they held down the stage with force. Highlights for me were the Transformers theme song, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin. The band had the crowd on their feet the whole set. It was great to see something so visually appealing. Their robot costumes were on point and the music was pretty polished. If you get the chance, check out Cybertronic Spree. It's a fun time.
As the house lights dimmed, a giant Mac Sabbath banner hung across the stage shrouding the band and their instruments in mystery. A voice came over the house speakers talking about a dystopian future where everything is controlled by evil fast food companies.
The stage was flanked by evil Ronald McDonald heads and at the center was a grill with steam rising. The band's leader Ronald Osbourne stepped out in a straight jacket and the eyes of a madman. He quickly freed himself and squirted the crowd with ketchup and mustard bottles (luckily it was just water). The room lit up with excitement as Mac Sabbath rocked our faces with their patented brand of "drive thru metal". For those unfamiliar Mac Sabbath does tasty covers of Black Sabbath songs but with cheeky lyric changes. "Pair-a-Buns" ("Paranoid"), "Frying Pan" ("Iron Man"), "Sweet Beef" ("Sweet Leaf"), "Never Say Diet" ("Never Say Die") and "Zipping Up the Uniform" ("Symptom of the Universe").
After dousing the crowd with water Ronald poured a beer into a bucket and moved from side to side as if he was going to splash the crowd. He threw the bucket and confetti popped out. He said "only joking see?" It was quite the family friendly affair! I even saw few young kids like 5 or 6 years old rocking out in the front row. If you're able to turn your brain off for an hour and just enjoy the silliness, Mac Sabbath is truly one of a kind.
These bands made an awesome pairing. With plenty of dates left on the tour there's still a chance to catch them live. If you're looking for something completely off the wall you can't go wrong here!
Thanks to Mac Sabbath management for the photo access.
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