Hollow, Dayton’s tribute to dual era Alice in Chains and Damaged Soul a tribute to the music of Black Sabbath and Ozzy played the newly reopened House of Rock now known as Oddbody’s on Saturday August 23rd. The place slowly filled with local fans and musicians showing up supporting the new venue and showing respect for the stage and appreciation that a long time live music staple was back again.
Alice Cooper probably did it first but Alice in Chains took the name bringing their dark, dismal, murky but incredibly catchy and moody metal from the Seattle rainfall to the world. Vocalist Greg Smith brought the spirit of Layne Staley and the continuing saga of William DuVall to the room with a career spanning set of favorites and obscure tunes from Facelift to The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.
They started, digging up the Dirt on Them Bones and Dam That River then gave those unfamiliar, the first dose of DuVall era from Black Gives Way to Blue, the deep opening guitar note drag of Check My Brain. The Dirt continues to fall Down in a Hole followed by album mid-number Junkhead. The Dinosaurs return on Stone.
We finally got a loud, uncomfortable Facelift that’s somewhere between Love, Hate, Love sticking around for seconds. We could say it was sloppy but It Ain’t Like That. We got factory sludge in the face then went to Jar of Flies to get cracked open like a Nutshell. They played their namesake tune then went out and snuffed the Rooster, in a Sea of Sorrow.
AIC’s biggest hit was next, and he’s still bur-ied in his s**t. They finished with the instantly recognizable seductive bass line. If I could Would you? There were no angry chairs and heaven wasn’t beside us but still the goods were delivered.
Damaged Soul came up to play two sets from the Sabs and the prince of darkness. They started at the beginning… of Ozzy’s solo career with I Don’t Know. Go backwards to the early days of Paranoid, watching those Fairies Wear Boots in the park. Fast forward to the mid- eighties and relive Ozzy’s silver sparkle jacket and life sized stage Buddha with Shot in the Dark. They went back to Sabbath with a winter’s offering from Vol 4. Snowblind: a type of temporary eye damage caused by snow reflecting UV light, or……
The legendary drum beat began as the guitar dragged/wrenched out the pioneering first notes of Iron Man. Electric Funeral fire flared up next then they finished with the song ‘penned’ about Wards beard and widely interpreted as about the nativity.
They return for set 2 with a happy birthday tribute to Tim and Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. With that in mind they invite in Mr. Crowley. As much as he enjoyed rum soaked tobacco, the Birmingham boys loved their Sweet Leaf. We’re all Believer(s) in Ozzy and the power of metal that compels us. The rest of the band took a break while Tim and bassist Norm Lilly of WTUE took us all through some Changes. We got mixed up in a Suicide Solution of lyrical misunderstanding. We got the old school version of the walking dead on Children of the Grave. We took a few more hits off the leaf and went Flying High Again just in time to climb aboard the Crazy Train ay, ay, ay, ay… It’s enough to occupy anyone’s brain making them Paranoid.
They finish with the dance of the War Pigs and Kent Martin ends a Damaged Soul show with a damaged guitar string. Crazy, yeah, but that’s how it goes.