Zakk Sabbath and Beastmaker kicked off this guitar latent tour with two dates scheduled for New York City. Why? Well, because when you sell out a 1000-person venue in a day, you tend to want to find a way to do that again. That being said, it was announced that Zakk Wylde and Co. would be teaming up with the guys in BeastMaker from Fresno, CA on this tour. There is something to be said when you sell out venues. That normally doesn’t happen anymore. The Gramercy Theatre in NYC was packed to the gills for two nights of electrifying guitars, deep riffs, and extreme grooves.
I had the pleasure of speaking to the guys in Beastmaker directly after their powerful set of about 45 minutes. Self-described as “Stoned out Sabbath Groove”, I needed to talk to them. Whenever I have the privilege to talk to these musicians, I always thank them for their hard work and dedication. For whatever reason, my conversation with John Tucker (bass) absolutely went in a different direction almost immediately, forget music. It was all about where we lived, came from, traveling around the world, and then we talked about bugs, cicadas, how we look at life, and how little time we have to make an impression. Little did I know that their new album Inside the Skull had come out that day. I had heard a few songs off it that were already released, but then I needed to hear it all.
Check these guys out on this tour. Their lighting at this venue was a tough one for me, and they said they wanted to be that “mysterious” band, in the shadows type of thing in their photos. So, on my editing side, I didn’t do any color corrections per the band…and left the raw energy and shyness that they requested.
In case you were wondering, even the fans in the way back got a taste of Zakk on both nights as he jumped off stage and traveled from front to back and left to right to see all his fans. I had the pleasure of meeting Zakk and Black Label Society on ShipRocked a few years back, and he’s a genuine soul. No handshakes, he gives hugs. Think about that for a second, a long-haired hair metal looking guy with a five-year strong beard, with a biker cut, and rings. Giving out hugs to his fans. It’s the polar opposite of what you’d think, but it’s an amazing experience. A humble man that absolutely destroys on guitar.
The setlist was undeniably something to call your mom, grandmother, distant uncles, the neighbor’s ex-wife’s brother in law… Anyone and everyone about. All Black Sabbath hits, stringing from the early days, to the recent. Zakk played them all with the intent not to recreate, but re-master. Opening the night with “Supernaut”, then an excellent rendition of “Snowblind” where Zakk played behind his head and with his teeth. Closing out the night was none other than “War Pigs”.
The set list also included a small tribute to a lost brother in the music world, our dear friend Chris Cornell. Zakk played the intro to Soundgarden’s “Outshined” in his fashion. The music community and family is a tight knit group, and the overwhelming tributes to Chris are amazing. It left no dry eyes, even in a crowd of all metalheads.
The Gramercy Theatre – Setlist for 5/19/17
A National Acrobat
Children of the Grave
Lord of This World
Fairies Wear Boots
Into The Void
Hand of Doom
Behind the Wall of Sleep
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Zakk Wylde – Vocals, Guitar
Blasko – Bass
Joey C – Drums