Myles Kennedy delivers an acoustic slide version of Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules

Myles Kennedy
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In addition to a brand-new LP – The Ides Of March, which arrives today – Myles Kennedy has offered up a slide-heavy, acoustic guitar-fueled rendition of Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules.

Forgoing the gain-heavy electric guitar lines of the original, the Alter Bridge frontman enlists his National resonator guitar for the stripped-back cover, though he kicks in some rather chunky overdrive for the solo. Watch Kennedy’s cover below:

Mob Rules is a classic Dio-era Black Sabbath cut, taken from the group’s 1981 album of the same name. The long-player was the band’s second with Ronnie James Dio – following 1980’s Heaven and Hell – after Ozzy Osbourne’s departure in 1979.

Highlights of Myles Kennedy’s new album include the slide-heavy In Stride, the epic 8-minute title track The Ides Of March and the part-bluesy, part-acoustic Get Along.

While his debut solo effort Year of the Tiger centered primarily around the acoustic guitar, The Ides Of March is characterized by a more plugged-in vibe.

In an interview with Download TV last year, Kennedy said the album was “my opportunity to venture more into the more bluesy realm,” stating: “It rocks a little harder and there's going to be a lot of guitar silliness on it. So I’m excited.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.