We here in Boston love our rock ‘n’ roll, and we also love our gimmicks. Mix them both together—like the beloved Keytar Bear—and you’ve got a real crowd pleaser. Now, a nationally-recognized gimmick that has been taking the rock world by storm is coming to Boston: Mac Sabbath.
The parody tribute band dresses up like the gang of McDonald’s characters, from Ronald to Grimace, and plays Black Sabbath songs with McDonald’s-themed lyrics. The band is wont to take classic tunes like “Iron Man’’ and turn them into “Frying Pan,’’ all while parading around stage in their colorful get-ups.
Formed in 2014 in Los Angeles, Mac Sabbath is part of a wave of themed bands, one that includes Macauley Culkin’s band, The Pizza Underground, a parody band of the group The Velvet Underground. Here in Boston, bands like Harry and the Potters, while not directly parodying other bands, have had popularity for more than a decade writing all of their songs about a certain segment of pop culture.
Mac Sabbath will appear at Middle East Downstairs on March 22. Tickets are available here.