Deadland Ritual, the band featuring bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) and singer Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), will hit the stage for the first time ever on May 28 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA.
According to Butler in an interview with Billboard, Deadland Ritual will play all the original material they've got, a few Black Sabbath tracks like "Symptom Of The Universe" and "N.I.B.," Velvet Revolver's "Slither" and maybe some Billy Idol tracks.
"We're thinking about doing seven original songs, which we've done up to now, unless we write more between now and May. Probably three or four Sabbath songs. 'N.I.B.', because that's what I'm associated with particularly; the bass intro and all that kind of stuff. And some stuff that Sabbath didn't do, like 'Symptom Of the Universe'. Steve loves that one. And Franky likes 'Heaven And Hell' and we might do one or two others; see which ones work out best in rehearsals. But more obscure Sabbath songs, rather than 'Iron Man' or 'Paranoid', that's been done a million times. A couple Velvet Revolver. 'Slither' definitely, I'm not sure bout the second one, and I think we're going to do 'Rebel Yell', Billy Idol! [Laughs] I have to learn them all between now and May."
Butler says Deadland Ritual has interest from record labels, but the band just wants to get out and play before they commit to anything.