These guys are F#$%ing amazing! Everyone should come to this show! I really don't even like tribute bands, I would classify this more of A Reincarnation band!
It is said that a good tribute band sounds a lot like the original (close your eyes and suspend disbelief). A great tribute band sound and looks a lot like the original (listen, watch and suspend disbelief). Ozzy Rebourne looks and sounds like the original but takes it to a whole new level because their performance emulates the high energy, stage presence, expressive guitar riffs, genuflections and idiosyncrasies of vintage Ozzy (pinch yourself, am I in some crazy Ozzy Twilight Zone). We do get a lot of "No way, is that for real" comments every time we stream an Ozzy Rebourne song on Facebook Live.
The concert experience is authentic, realistic and immersive. What you see, hear and experience is as close to an Ozzy Osbourne performance as you can get which explains why Ozzy Rebourne is widely regarded as the #1 Ozzy Tribute Band in the world. If you grew up on Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne and want to relive that experience (check with your cardiologist first) or if you are under 30 and just want to know what being at a kick ass concert actually feels like then you will want to get out and see Crazy Babies, Ozzy Rebourne the first chance you get.
You can catch the exclusive KWL Ozzy Rebourne interview on Kimi's In The Know podcast on March 11, 2018: www.kimisweekendlineup.com/WP/?page_id=17936
The Paper Jukebox / Vol 7
Copyright © 2018
So a classically trained guitarist and a guy with no formal vocal training walk into a bar…. Open mic night at Derailed in Durand, to be exact. No, it’s not the set-up to a joke, it’s the ironic location and random beginning of the crazy train ride that turned Michael Boyd Quinton and Jason Culhane into one of the premiere Ozzy Osbourne tribute acts in the nation, the Crazy Babies.
Now they open for well-known hard rockers like Sebastian Bach and play major festivals such as RockStock, garnering attention for stealing the show from the headliners. Surprisingly, it was only a little over two years ago that Boyd (as Quinton is known) and Culhane ran into each other and decided their bands should share the stage for a few numbers. Boyd had just moved to the area and was playing with his band “Majik Whiski.” He’d hit some open mic nights at various spots over the years, doing mostly Sammy Hagar songs or Pearl Jam and had been in a couple of groups, but he wasn’t musically trained. All he knew was that he could sing and he loved it; even now Boyd doesn’t care if he is in front of one person or 100,000 people, the showman is there doing what he loves.
By contrast, Culhane grew up in a musical household where his guitarist father taught him to play starting around age 14. He went to Mott College and studied Classical Jazz and has been in various bands around the Saginaw and Flint areas since high school. One of which was Jenni Lynn and the Ruckus, the country band hosting that fateful night at Derailed. He heard Boyd sing again a few months later with “Majik Whiski” and recognized the potential to form a tribute band after seeing the crowd wowed by Boyd’s rendition of “Crazy Train.” Culhane looks like a combination of Zakk Wylde and Randy Rhoads, with the chops to cover anything from Ozzy’s solo years through his Black Sabbath catalogue, so he knew they had the makings of something big.
It is a look and sound that the two have perfected in the past year; Culhane found the musicians to fill in the rhythm section and Boyd honed his doppelganger look to the point that even the Prince of Darkness himself would probably do a double take. Their love of the genre and dedication to accuracy was on full display during a recent performance at Danny J’s Tavern in Utica hosted by WCSX’s Doug Podell. Playing to a packed crowd, the Crazy Babies brought the big guns, literally (a leather vest clad Culhane) and figuratively. Boyd took the stage in true Ozzy fashion – black trench, sunglasses, cross pendant and tattoos with “O Fortuna” blasting through the PA. He raised his arms high, threw rock horns, and screamed as Culhane, er, Zakk, blasted into the opening notes of “I Don’t Know.”
The band worked their way through two sets of all the favorites with uncanny precision. “Mama I’m Comin’ Home,” “Bark at the Moon,” “Flying High Again” and finished with (of course), “Crazy Train.” Boyd had the bar patrons whipped into a frenzy matched only by Culhane’s Zakk Wylde-esque hair flipping. It was all part of the show and what makes the Crazy Babies such an excellent tribute act. The image and sound is there, complete with Boyd shouting at the increasingly rowdy gathering to “Dance on the fucking tables!!” as the band did shots on stage and ladies’ man Culhane basked in his lead guitarist role for the assemblage of dancers in front of him. It was all very well-received, despite a few lulls between songs that could be attributed to the group’s lack of experience playing together (or maybe the shots). Once they tighten up with the new full-time bass player (there was a sub at Danny J’s), the imagery is already so believable, I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of a show sometime soon there is a bat involved. You know where I’m going with that. They are the Crazy Babies, after all.
~ Stacey Sherman
Music Journalist, Digital First Media & Metro Times
Copyright © 2017
The definition of Tribute Band is “musical group that imitates or performs material made popular by a famous predecessor” per Bing.com. I feel that is too general, I believe that a tribute band must also embody and be passionate about the band they represent. Crazy Babies embodies everything that is great about an Ozzy Osbourne Tribute Band, out of the east side of the State. Watching Michael Boyd Quinton represent Ozzy on stage you can see all the care he put into representing Ozzy as authentically as possible. I asked him how much footage or live shows he watched to help with the nuances he brought out as Ozzy and his answer was “it’s just me”. Jason Culhane; the Zakk Wylde to ‘Boyd’s Ozzy, masterfully holds the attention of the fans as he skillfully wields his guitar. Both artists put all their heart into the show.
"I'm not consistantly on facebook, but I just saw that some of my college classmates attended Rockstock. They commented that "Ozzy was so great with the fans"; "It was worth waiting to take pics with him"; "Class act".....and on and on... Rock on"
~Gina from Kalamazoo, MI
"I've seen Black Sabbath 3 times this year and 2 more including August 30th! Boyd captures the look and sound of OZZY better than anyone I've ever seen or heard! Fans will think that Boyd is Ozzy at the Sabbath show for sure!"
~Keith H. from Dearborn Hts., MI
"I am the CRAZY BABIES MF'n FAN OF THE WEEK from Rockstock. Just to let you know I had a blast.... every muscle in my body is still sore and I still don't have a voice. NO REGRETS.. Keep it up... You guys are AWESOME!!"
~John L. from Charlevoix, MI