“We kinda came up with the concept a number of years back to do some choice old Ozzy and early Sabbath,” says ex-Psychotic Waltz guitarist Steve Cox, who founded Madman in 2012. “I’ve got the generation thing on my side. I’m 45. When I was wood shedding in high school and learning guitar, [Ozzy guitarist] Randy Rhoads was it.”
Cox is also a veteran of local bands Dance Macabre and Death From Above, as well as tribute groups like Hell Bent (who specialize in Judas Priest) and Roundabout (Yes). Ron Lerma (Monsters of Rock) plays the part of Ozzy, Javier Vega plays drums, and Pete Stone is Geezer Butler, the bassist.
Says Cox, “None of us look the part. I don’t think we’re gonna fool anybody by the way we look, but the sound is right on.”