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I have had the great pleasure of seeing one of the best Black Sabbath tribute bands out there today. They play all of the Ozzy era Black Sabbath, so let me give you the bands story.

In May of 2009 Ricky Woods was looking for a drummer for his Black Sabbath tribute band and he heard that Tom Capobianco was no longer with his old Sabbath tribute, they got together and jammed and things sounded great. The guitarist they had at that time did not work out, but Tom knew someone from another Sabbath tribute that had broken up gave him a call, Ricky Woods (vocals) Tom Capobianco (drums) Andrew Muller (bass) and Matt Dillon (guitar). So the first line up of Into The Void was formed.

Six months in guitarist Matt Dillon got an offer from a singer to go on a European tour and he could not pass it up. So in stepped guitarist Aaron Kipness he happened to be a big fan of the band and was happy to fill the void.

In late 2010 bass player Andrew Muller and his wife were expecting another child and could not dedicate enough time the band and had to leave. Marty Beck a friend of Aaron who is a huge Black Sabbath fan and also plays with him in a Who tribute band jumped at the chance to play with them. There first show with the newly formed lineup was in January of 2011 and they are still going strong today.

With all that being said if you are a Black Sabbath fan as I am then make sure you get out to see the next Into The Void show.


Q&A

I spoke with Ricky Woods Of Into The Void and asked a few Questions


MusicRealms,

Where was the first Into The Void show:


Ricky Woods:

The first show we played was in June 2009 at The Knitting Factory in Manhattan, NY


MusicRealms,

What are your other music influences you besides Black Sabbath:


Ricky Woods:

I am a fan of all different genres of music. Some favorites are The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Rush, The Kinks, Harry Nilsson and everything Ronnie James Dio ever recorded.


MusicRealms,

How do you promote your band and shows:


Ricky Woods:

The usual, modern ways. Facebook, emails and other social media.


MusicRealms,

What is the difference between you and other Sabbath tribute bands:


Ricky Woods:

First off, we don't dress in costumes. Not that there is anything wrong with those who do, but some just put is guy in a white fringe "Ozzy" shirt and the rest of the guys are in jeans and t shirts. My point is, for those who choose to do it, make it convincing. What we do, and what most people who have heard us will say, is recreate the sound of the original recordings better than any other bands out there. Our attention to detail is first and foremost and our song catalog has over 60 songs in it, including every song off of the first four albums.


MusicRealms,

What are your thoughts about downloading music:


Ricky Woods:

I personally enjoy having physical media in my hands.


MusicRealms,

How often to you get together to practice:


Ricky Woods:

We usually only rehearse when working on new material or after a layoff of gigging. We play almost every weekend and that keeps us tight.


MusicRealms,

What was your most embarrassing moment with Into The Void:


Ricky Woods:

I really don't think I have any. We have had the usual equipment failures on stage, like amps blowing up and stuff, but that is to be expected in a live situation.


MusicRealms,

What advise can you give other tribute bands:


Ricky Woods:

Attention to detail. When I go to see any tribute band, I expect them to sound like the album. Every instrument should be a re-creation of the way the band recorded the songs. The way we look at it is the way a classical musician who plays in the NY Philharmonic Orchestra. One just does not "improvise" Bach or Mozart, they play it the way it was written.


MusicRealms,

How does music affect you:


Ricky Woods:

Music can be very spiritual and emotional for me. The artists I admire most, no matter what type of music it is, all have that in common.


MusicRealms,

What are the biggest obstacles for cover bands:


Ricky Woods:

Being that we are a Tribute band, our issues are different than a cover band. Cover bands (the top ones at least) have to learn songs from all types and styles of music to be a cut above the rest. Those that want to be successful had better do their homework. A lot.


MusicRealms,

What is the best thing about playing in clubs:


Ricky Woods:

I think the best thing in playing live is the reaction from the die hard fans of Black Sabbath. Those are the people who know all therare songs and sing along with every word. I am one of them as well, I just happen to be the one on stage.


MusicRealms,

What is the worst thing about playing in clubs:


Ricky Woods:


The traveling to some of the long road gigs. Always good when you get there, but if its bad weather or a 4 hour drive, that can take a lot out of you.


MusicRealms,

What do you do for fun:


Ricky Woods:

I love sports. The Yankees and The Jets are my favorites. I haven't missed going to a Jets home game more than a few times in the last 10+ years. I go to dozens of concerts every year. I enjoy my sports cars and having a Belgian ale and a nice cigar with friends.


MusicRealms,

Has any members of Black Sabbath ever seen you perform:


Ricky Woods:

Not live in person, although some members of their inner circle have and I know that Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have heard us play. We took part in a tribute album to Tony Iommi earlier in the year and he thanked us for our participation.


MusicRealms,

Tell us about your next show and why should we be there.


Ricky Woods:

If you want to hear Black Sabbath songs that the band have not played in decades or never before live, played as close to the original album versions, come out and enjoy the night. We are the biggest fans of Sabbath there is. We want to share this with you. The easiest way to find our shows is go to www.intothevoidtribute.com, you will find all the shows there.

Band Credits


Into The Void gets praises from Gibson Guitars


Into The Void was asked to appear on THIS TONY IOMMI TRIBUTE CD


Into The Void Live At The
Starland Ballroom


Into The Void Live At
BB Kings NYC


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