New Baltimore, MI — In the past years, there have been more and more tribute bands showing up on the music scene. For the longest time, in the metro Detroit area, there has been a hand full of tribute bands. But in recent years more bands, covering their favorite artist, are showing up on the music scene. There are tribute bands that pay tribute to Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and the Scorpions, just to name a few.
Another tribute band that has been rapidly growing in popularity is an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, or I should say, an Ozzy Rebourne band known as Crazy Babies Ozzy Rebourne. They were playing at the Diesel Theater on Saturday, March 23, 2019, with The Nightmare (an Alice Cooper tribute band). Crazy Babies started in 2015 they have rapidly grown in popularity. Its members include Boyd ‘Ozzy’ Quinton (Ozzy Rebourne), Keith “ROCK” Holstein (Guitarist), Rob Johannis (Bass Guitarist / Backing Vocals) and Charlie Smaldino (Drummer).
The stage was decked with items that someone would expect to see, with an Ozzy show. There were statues of gargoyles and cemetery tombstones. Displayed on both sides of the stage was the band’s iconic logo. On the right side of the stage, was a rack of guitars that Keith “ROCK” Holstein used in the performance. This included two Randy Rhoads style flying V’s to include the infamous Mr. Crowley polka dot guitar and a Zakk Wylde style guitar as well. At the back of the stage, was the band’s name on a huge 20’×20’ banner. The lettering on the banner has the reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Rain album.
When the show started, some could say it was a roller coaster of rock ‘n’ roll fun. Almost two hours of songs sampling different eras of Ozzy Osbourne’s career. From his early years with Black Sabbath, and through his exciting solo career.
The stage presence was uncanny to the real Ozzy Osbourne. Boyd ‘Ozzy’ Quinton aka Ozzy Rebourne was dressed in the era of Black Rain. Draped in a black studded trenchcoat, black studded shirt, black pants, and shoes. From his neck hung an iconic silver Celtic cross. Boyd (Ozzy Rebourne), had Ozzy Osbourne’s mannerism and his movements down well. With his Ozzy laugh, the continuous movement on the stage and the flying of the arms. There were very few times one could tell the difference, when he talked between songs, that it was not the real Ozzy on stage. If you or anyone watching or listening to the performance, closed their eyes, they would believe they were at an Ozzy show. That is the highest compliment you can give to any tribute band.
As for the other members of the band, Keith “ROCK” Holstein (Guitarist), Rob Johannis (Bass Guitarist / Backing Vocals) and Charlie Smaldino (Drummer), there’s no doubt that they drove the show to home base. With the well “tip of the hat” to their solid playing. Many of the guitar solos, performed by Keith “ROCK” Holstein (Guitarist), were comparatively close to the artist he mimicked. Such as the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde.
The bottom line is simple for me to say. If you are in Michigan, around the Detroit area and are an Ozzy Osbourne fan, then he or she may want to check the incredible Ozzy tribute band, Crazy Babies – Ozzy Rebourne. It will be two hours of rock ‘n’ roll fun. And by shows end, you will no doubt be a fan of this amazing Ozzy tribute band.
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- Mr. Crowley
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- Shot In The Dark
- Gets Me Through
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- I Don’t Wanna Stop
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- Diary Of A Madman
- Mamma, I’m Comin’ Home
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