ZAKK SABBATH, the BLACK SABBATH tribute band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE),bassist Robert "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEEN OF THE STONE AGE),will embark on the "Tour Forever / Forever Tour" in December. Support on the trek, which will launch on December 5 in Sacramento, California and end on January 20, 2024 in Los Angeles, California, will come from THE NATIVE HOWL.
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Dec. 05 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades (buy tickets)
Dec. 06 - Pomona, CA - Glass House (buy tickets)
Dec. 08 - Stateline, NV - Harrah's Lake Tahoe - South Shore Room (buy tickets)
Dec. 09 - Chico, CA - Senator Theater (buy tickets)
Dec. 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex (buy tickets)
Dec. 12 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater (buy tickets)
Dec. 13 - Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater (buy tickets)
Dec. 15 - Boise, ID - Revolution Concert House (buy tickets)
Dec. 16 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory (buy tickets)
Dec. 17 - Calgary, AB - The Palace Theater (buy tickets)
Dec. 18 - Edmonton, AB - Midway Music Hall (buy tickets)
Dec. 20 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom (buy tickets)
Dec. 21 - Seattle, WA - Neptune (buy tickets)
Dec. 22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater (buy tickets)
Dec. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue (buy tickets)
Dec. 29 - Green Bay, WI - Epic Event Center (buy tickets)
Dec. 30 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall (buy tickets)
Dec. 31 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues (buy tickets)
Jan. 03 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! (buy tickets)
Jan. 05 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom (buy tickets)
Jan. 06 - Boston, MA - The Paradise Rock Club (buy tickets)
Jan. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Brooklyn Bowl (buy tickets)
Jan. 09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre (buy tickets)
Jan. 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall (buy tickets)
Jan. 12 - Greensboro, NC - Hangar 1819 (buy tickets)
Jan. 13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (buy tickets)
Jan. 14 - St Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live (buy tickets)
Jan. 16 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater (buy tickets)
Jan. 17 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater (buy tickets)
Jan. 19 - Tucson, AZ - Encore (buy tickets)
Jan. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco (buy tickets)
ZAKK SABBATH has been playing sporadic shows since 2014 with its take on the Birmingham four's early songs.
Zakk told Rolling Stone about performing SABBATH's classic material: "Going back to high-school keg parties, we'd be playing songs by RUSH, SABBATH, [Jimi] Hendrix, whatever [in a cover band], and one person would sing the RUSH stuff, someone could do THE DOORS, and I'd end up doing the SABBATH or Ozzy stuff. It's hilarious to me, because we were 17 years old playing keg parties at a friend's house and now I'm  years old and I'm still playing 'N.I.B.' and SABBATH songs at keg parties, except there's a couple more people."
In September 2020, ZAKK SABBATH released its spectacular tribute to the Birmingham four, a faithful yet supercharged rendition of BLACK SABBATH's first album, via Magnetic Eye Records.
Exactly 50 years later after the release of the original album, ZAKK SABBATH celebrated the first chapter in the SABBATH catalog with a reverently rendered tribute, simply titled "Vertigo". Faithfully recorded in the spirit of the original, live in the studio and with a film crew documenting the process, the session culminated in a new version of a landmark album that celebrates the greatest heavy metal band of all time and the record that started it all.
"We recorded a live EP and were wondering what we could do next as a cover band, so the 50th album anniversary came just at the right time", explained Blasko regarding ZAKK SABBATH's decision to go studio. "Compared to 'Paranoid', which is almost like a best-of record, the bulk of the material on 'Black Sabbath' is deep-cut, really experimental stuff that was never thoroughly explored, so that was a challenge, not to forget that we wanted to meet our own high standards."
Describing the DIY process as "very productive," the three respectfully added their own flair to make for a slightly different flavor, also revisiting various live renditions and "extending a solo here or slowing things down because that's what they tended to do on stage."
Photo courtesy of Magnetic Eye Records