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Local Music Notebook: Mac Sabbath, Babes In Toyland & The Old Comiskeys

1. Yes.


"It was the Year of Our Lord 2013, and I was devouring a cheeseburger in a Chatsworth, California, franchise of a certain multinational fast food conglomerate which shall remain nameless.

"Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a crazed looking clown walking in my direction.

"Wearing a costume of bright yellow and red, and giant shiny shoes, he seemingly fit into the surroundings, but it didn't take long to see that something wasn't quite right. His costume was trailed by long, tattered, hippie fringe that was dirty from scraping the floor (and most likely the alley behind the restaurant), and more alarmingly his face was caked in ghostly make up that looked like it had been smeared on with a putty knife.

"My first thought was that he looked like Skeletor as a member of Uriah Heap. Taking a seat in my booth, he informed me that his name was Ronald Osborne, and he that he was familiar with my oddity rock band Rosemary's Billygoat. He was a fan of the band, and said he had a concept I might appreciate, something he termed 'drive-thru metal.'

"Some of the delinquent kids who worked for the franchise had been allowing him and a cast of characters named Slayer Mac Cheeze, Grimalice, and the Cat Burglar, to perform secret rock shows in the bunker-like basements of the local restaurants.

"But the time had come, he said, to bring drive-thru metal up from the 'underground,' and he asked if I would consider becoming the manager of his band. I asked him what the act was called, and proclaimed with pride, 'MAC SABBATH!'"


Mac Sabbath at Durty Nellie's in Palatine in September:


2. Catching Up With: Maureen Herman Out Of Reunited Babes In Toyland.

Reminder: "In 1992, I got the call to join [Babes] while sitting at my desk at Columbia College Chicago where I was the English Department Secretary and a student."


3. Tom Morello and Maureen Herman are Cubs fans; no surprise here.


Equal time of a sort - The Old Comiskeys:


Yeah, I'll stick with Rage and Babes.


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 28, 2015

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