I have to say, New Year's Eve 2010 was one of the more surreal live musical experiences of my life. The setting: the historic Brookdale Lodge (currently undergoing major renovations) in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The band: Izzy Ozborne (pictured above on the right)—a tribute to the music of the dark metal God featuring a 200-plus pound Ozzy look-a-like and a Randy Rhoads reincarnation, who even played Rhoads' trademark Flying V axe.
Izzy and his crew began with "Crazy Train" and flew through more than an hours worth of Ozzy materiel including Black Sabbath's
"Iron Man." The show also included fake bats and a lot of drunken mountain folk, who actually started to believe they were watching Ozzy, not Izzy.
Ozzy lost his mind...well, so did Izzy.
After the clock struck midnight, The Gator Alley Band—a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd—took the stage and I went elsewhere. One tribute band per night is my limit.