As you may or may not have heard, Black Sabbath played their final show (presumably ever, though they have neither confirmed nor denied that) a couple weeks ago in their hometown of Birmingham. As you might expect, it was a night filled with many of the band’s classics. Among others, they played NIB:
If you’re like me and really wanted to get to see Black Sabbath in concert at least once but didn’t actually make the time or effort to get tickets, you’re probably as disappointed as I am that it’s all over… But it’s not like we didn’t have a warning. As soon as Tony Iommi announced his cancer diagnosis, the clock was ticking. Well, that and the fact that Ozzy, Tony and Geezer are all pushin’ 70. Anyway, here’s how NIB sounded at that final show:
As with many bands who have said they’ve reached the end, it’s not entirely certain that that’s the last we’ll hear from Black Sabbath. It could be a situation similar to Rush where they just want to retire from touring but might play one-off shows and still record new material in the future. Tony Iommi has gone on record saying he won’t rule out any future Black Sabbath activity – so there’s that.
But even if that is the last we hear from them, the next best thing is still out there and touring around.
Zakk Wylde is no stranger to Ozzy Osbourne’s crew, having been the guitarist with his touring and studio band for a couple decades from the late-80’s to the late-2000’s. I’m pretty sure just about any metal guitarist will tell you they were influenced, at least somewhat, by Black Sabbath. I think that’s certainly the case for Wylde, though he does cite Osbourne’s late guitarist Randy Rhoads as his biggest inspiration.
Anyway, in recent years, Wylde has put together a tribute act called Zakk Sabbath, and has toured around playing all of Sabbath’s hits. Here’s a tour trailer from last summer:
So yeah, Zakk Wylde knows and loves his Sabbath. Almost a year ago, Loudwire shared this video they shot of him playing the Sabbath classic above. Not strange that he’s playing a Sabbath classic, but it is strange that he’s playing anything other than his Bullseye Les Paul or Flying V. Instead, he’s playing on one of those Hello Kitty guitars that you buy your young children when they show a slight interest in maybe learning to play it.
And it doesn’t sound half bad.
Now I don’t know where to find these Hello Kitty guitars specifically, but they sure do remind me of the cheap guitars you find in the hilariously tiny musical instrument section at Best Buy. And while you might think there’s nothing there for the serious musician, you might be surprised with just what you can do with those instruments you find at Best Buy.
Just look at these guys, they created a sweet black metal song with just the gear available in that particular aisle:
After doing a little research, however, I discovered you CAN actually order high-end instruments through Best Buy, but when all they have in the store is the $99 electric you see above, it doesn’t exactly build the most consumer confidence… At least not in me. I’d sooner just make a visit to one of the numerous local guitar shops to get my gear. Now I just gotta see if they carry those Hello Kitty guitars…