Zakk Wylde brings his all-star cover band, Zakk Sabbath, along with Them Evils, to Detroit to shake Saint Andrew’s Hall to its core.
Them Evils opens the night with the single “Untold” off their sophomore, self-titled EP. This Californian rock n’ roll trio pack their set with pure energy, grit, and fun. Since their inception in 2014, they have shared the stage with acts such as The Pretty Reckless and Steel Panther, played multiple shows and festivals around the country, and released two EPs. They bring a 70s feel mixed with the nastiness of punk and hard rock. Guitarist Jordan Griffin, bassist Jake Massanari, and drummer David Delaney pour their heart and soul out in each song with a funky, hard rock n’ roll sound that slams you in the chest.
They pace the night with originals from both EPs, including “Take What’s Mine,” “Put Your Love On Me,” “Bleed,” “She Got Nothin’,” and more. They also treat the crowd to a new, unreleased song “Got Me Rockin’.” The cherry on top is the band’s two covers of the night, AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n’ Roll),” and Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades,” you almost couldn’t hear Them Evils over the crowd.
This band is a party from start to finish. They are full of energy and noise, never letting up throughout the entire set. Everyone was packed in, headbanging and throwing their fists in the air as they closed out their set with “Have One On Me”. They are a band that needs to be heard, and you can do so at their website.
Finally, emerging from the darkness, Zakk Sabbath takes the stage with the Sabbath hit “Supernaut.” Zakk Sabbath is a Black Sabbath cover band featuring the talents of Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Danzig, ex-Queens of the Stone Age). After the success of their first headlining tour this past spring, they hit the road again to deliver classic Black Sabbath songs with a Wylde flair.
It’s not hard to see Wylde playing Black Sabbath material, but he brings a completely new flavor to the legendary hits. He towers over the crowd, jumping on and off the stompbox. He was a wall of hair and leather attached to a guitar. His legendary guitar skills never disappoint. He delivers face melting solo after solo throughout the entire night, throwing his guitar behind his head and never missing a chord. At one point, he abandons the stage and powers through a blistering solo as he strides along the bar top.
Nicholson leaps around the stage as his bass thundered. Castillo is a juggernaut on the drums, his beats reverberating throughout the venue. Atop everything, Wylde’s gnarly vocals echo Black Sabbath’s lyrics, giving the legendary band the justice they deserve.
Zakk Sabbath charged through hit after hit, “Children of the Grave,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “Lord of This World,” “Into the Void,” and so much more. The crowd sings along to each tune, creating metal harmonies with the band.
The venue was packed more than I have ever seen Saint Andrew’s before, full of fans clad in patch covered vests, throwing horns in the air and reveling in the energy of the music.
The band closed the night with some of Black Sabbath’s favorite hits, “N.I.B.” and “War Pigs,” which had the venue ringing with music and cheers. It’s an amazing time to see legends like Wylde, Nicholson, and Castillo pay homage to Black Sabbath, purely for fun and the love of the music.
Event Date: 03-OCT-2017