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Bring on the weird

By Catherine Twing
On April 17, 2017

A member of Okilly Dokilly, a Ned Flanders themed metal band performed in Worcester, Massachusetts as part of the Mockstrocity Tour 2017 along with Metalachi and Mac Sabbath. Photo by Jason Irish

I like weird things. I like the things you try to tell your friends about the next day and they stare at you because it makes no sense. The movie “Sausage Party,” for instance.

Weird.

Now, I thought I knew weird until I came face to face with the sold-out Mockstrocity Tour in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 25.

Having heard about this trio of bands, Okilly Dokilly, Metalachi and Mac Sabbath, from my boyfriend, I was intrigued. Parody bands with elaborate costumes and props seemed like an entertaining Saturday. And $18 a ticket, why not?

I had no idea what I was in for.

The first thing to surprise me was how heavy and crazy Okilly Dokilly, the world’s only Nedal band, was. To expand upon “Nedal,” Okilly Dokilly is a group of very talented musicians, dressed as Ned Flanders from the Simpsons, with green sweaters, mustaches and glasses, playing metal songs with humorous Ned Flanders themes, like “White Wine Spritzer” and “Godspeed Little Doodle.”

Metalachi followed with some talented trumpet playing, a spandex skeleton bodysuit, bras hanging from microphone stands and an on-stage group lap dance for one lucky, or unlucky, audience member, while she was serenaded by the band.

Metalachi performing during the Mockstrocity tour. Photo by Jason Irish

And finally, Mac Sabbath.

A curtain was hung to hide the set being assembled from the audience. Once the curtain dropped I was no more than 10 feet from bassist “Grimalice,” and guitarist “Slayer MacCheeze.”

Soon, lead singer Ronald Osbourne, a parody of Ronald McDonald, came on stage in a straight jacket. He quickly struggles out of the straight jacket and drinks several beers on stage, one from a larger-than-life straw, which he somehow pulled out of his pants.

Oh, and did I mention the Ronald McDonald heads with laser beam eyes?

Mac Sabbath performing during the Mockstrocity Tour. Photo by Jason Irish

The band couldn’t actually say any of the trademark McDonalds names or even Shamrock Shake, for legal reasons, but everyone knew what was going on.

Despite their humorous content and costumes, all three bands were musically phenomenal and could easily be a part of any “serious” group.

This was only my second metal show ever, the first being the Summer Slaughter Festival back in August. I am not a metal head like my boyfriend, but I can definitely appreciate the music and have a lot of fun.

Probably because the shows, and the music, and the people –

are kind of weird.

And as I said, I like weird. 

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