Exactly one week before the start of season 4, Ozzy alumni and current Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo played a show at the Whisky.
Not only were there many of Ozzy’s former band mates present (along with Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses and Stewart Copeland – both of which have had tributes on Season 2 of TWGTB), but “The Prince of Darkness” himself, OZZY OSBOURNE, was in attendance for the show.
For episode 7, Black Sabbath and Ozzy tribute band OZZMANIA did an hour long show that spanned the career from early Black Sabbath to Ozzy’s 1991 album NO MORE TEARS.
Festive host Katie Daryl came out and introduced OZZMANIA to an incredibly excited crowd.
Since this was the designated show to celebrate Halloween, there were KILLER stage props throughout the venue, many audience members dressed in costumes and a great vibe throughout to celebrate the music of Ozzy and Black Sabbath in the true spirit of the holiday.
The band kicked off the show in grand fashion with the classic OZZY tune “I DON’T KNOW” – the first song off his 1980 solo debut, which featured the incredible guitar work of Randy Rhoads.
Next up was “NO MORE TEARS” from 1991 featuring the guitar work of Zakk Wylde, who gave this tribute concert multiple mentions on social media in the days leading up to the show. This tune is actually the longest studio track OZZY has ever recorded in his solo career.
The famous keyboard intro then kicked in for “MR. CROWLEY” ad OZZMANIA proceeded to rock the second single from Blizzard of Ozz.
Next up was the rocking controversial OZZY song “SUICIDE SOLUTION” (wine is fine, but whisky’s quicker…)
Next up was “WAR PIGS” – the opening track from PARANOID.
The end of the main set began with Black Sabbath’s“IRON MAN” and went to commercial with “CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE”
The encore after the commercial break consisted of the Ozzy’s first “BARK AT THE MOON” – the first single released from the 1983 album of the same name and Black Sabbath’s first single release “PARANOID” from 1970.
The “Bonus song” after going off the air was “OVER THE MOUNTAIN”, which was a great way to end out the show for all the metal fans in attendance. This was by far the most “metal” AXSTRIBUTE to date and was a great way to usher in Halloween later this week.
\Michael Reade as Ozzy,
Mark “Metal Mark” Knapp as Zakk Wylde
Vince Pacelli on Bass,
Michael Clemens on drums
Famous for having such legendary bands as The Doors, Motley Crue, and many others, Whisky a Go Go seems to be the only appropriate venue in Los Angeles to take on the responsibility of hosting Tom Keifer’s show. This year’s music scene has seen its fair share of many notable ‘comebacks’, anniversaries, and reunions and Tom Keifer’s long-awaited and extremely emotional return to The Whisky this Sunday certainly outshines all of those happenings.
Embarking on The Way Life Goes Tour last year in support of his solo record, Tom and his band played many different venues all over the United States, and the anticipation of having them to perform on The Sunset Strip resulted in a huge crowd in front of The Whisky hours before the show.
Two opening acts were the charming Madysin Hatter and impressive guys from Vintage City Rockers, who were absolutely skillful at firing up the crowd. Tom Keifer then took the stage sometime after 10 P.M.
In his performance, Tom demonstrated complete honesty and dedication to his fans. When the lights went down as the fans agitatedly screamed and cheered, Tom briskly ran down the side stairs greeting the crowd and starting off the set with Night Songs from Cinderella’s debut album. He confessed that the previous evening’s show in Arizona ‘F***ed up his voice’, but just a few minutes in, somewhere around the second chorus of Save Me, he finally let one of his signature growls out and erased any doubt about him not being to live up to everyone’s expectations.
Tom’s wife, songwriter Savannah Snow, shared the stage with the band to perform the iconic Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone). Released in 1988, it remains Cinderella’s most successful single. Starting the song as a gentle duet, Tom ended the ballad with a strikingly passionate guitar solo, pleasing the fans with another Cinderella hit right after that – Nobody’s Fool.
Having a somewhat stronger blues and country sound, material from new record proves that Tom is still a versatile songwriter who is able to create an album that embraces several genres. New songs Solid Ground, Cold Day in Hell, and The Flower Song were just as well received as the iconic Cinderella classics.
Stating only this much about this indisputably incredible performance doesn’t somehow seem enough.
Having gone to quite a few shows featuring some of the biggest musicians in the industry, I hardly see this much artist interaction with the fans. Tom Keifer is one of the few who is not afraid of showing his gratitude and affection to those who have made his dreams of singing again come true. His honesty and dedication was felt in every word he sang Sunday night at The Whisky.
It’s Not Enough
Ask Me Yesterday
Cold Day In Hell