In my series about tribute bands we have now come to Black Sabbath. And as Black Sabbath will call it a day soon MISTRESS OF REALITY is there to fill the gap. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

What is it that made you want to start a tribute band?
-In 2003, tributes started to become popular and no one in the band had previously thought to be in a cover or tribute band. After witnessing the excitement and popularity of bands like Cheap Chick and the Iron Maidens, we realized there was a market for it. We thought it would be fun to pay tribute to our favorite metal band, Black Sabbath.

There is no band that has a discography of great albums so how do you pick the songs you play?
-Black Sabbath has released many great albums over the years. We decided to focus only on Ozzy era Sabbath, especially the first four albums. It’s allowed us to focus on the early hits, as well as play some more obscure, heavy tracks that appeal to hardcore fans.

In Sweden we to got cover/tribute bands like yours too and it seems that there is a huge scene for band like yours. Why are cover bands so popular?
_People love going to a show with music they are familiar with. They like to sing along, and it’s a much more intimate experience. In some ways, tributes are more accessible. Some of these bands are no longer touring and for some tributes this is the only chance to experience the music live. It’s very nostalgic for a lot of the fans. It really brings them back to the first time they saw or even listened to their old favorites.

How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-We try to pay homage to the original 70’s style artwork of Black Sabbath.

Do you ever feel that you get spat on and ridiculed because you are a tribute band? That you should be second rate musicians for not playing originals?
-Sure, some people feel that way about cover bands and tribute bands. But we are not concerned with what those people think. We are here to pay tribute to the band and the fans that want to have a good time.

Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally?
-We haven’t played internationally in a few years, so we can’t really answer that question. We don’t really have expectations about being recognized. We try to be true to the message and sound of Black Sabbath.

Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-This question doesn’t really apply to us. We think people will always want to go out and enjoy live music.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-We do a lot of fly-outs where we do a handful of shows in an area rather than regular tours. All of us have jobs and other commitments. We try to do a handful of shows back-to-back each month.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Black Sabbath’s The End tour had a lot of fire beacons and backdrop visuals. Ideally, we would love to integrate some of that into our live show as well.

What does the future hold?
-We have plans in the future to do more international tours. We have more shows coming up and will keep spreading the word of Sabbath.

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