Wyldes Black Label Society is in the radio.wazee
spotlight this week featuring the Prince of Darkness
himself, televisions favorite dad Ozzy Osbourne,
on "Stillborn." "Stillborn" was
the No. 1 most added track at active rock and rock
radio in its first week of release and a video for
the song has jut been completed with Rob Zombie directing.
Zakk Wylde was born Jeffery Philip
Wielandt to a Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wielandt on January
14, 1967 in Bayonne and raised in Jackson, New Jersey.
While in high school, Zakk formed his first band,
playing songs at parties like Ozzys "Bark
at the Moon" and other songs by Black Sabbath
and Rush. After graduating from Jackson Memorial High
School in 1985 at the age of 18, Zakk was working
at a local supermarket and doing roofing, and playing
in various bands. Thats when Zakk began to write
originals and joined a band called "Zyris."
Upon joining Zyris, he started calling himself Zakari
Wyland, taking the name from the TV show "Lost
In Spaces" character Dr. Zachary
Hearing on the Howard Stern Show
that Ozzy Osbourne would be auditioning unknown guitarists,
Zakk didnt think he had a serious chance. Zakk
was discovered a short time later at a Zysis show
by rock photographers Mark Weiss and Dave Feld. Amazed
at Zakks playing, Dave mentioned to him that
Ozzy was looking for a new guitarist and that they
would pass along a press kit. Zakk got the audition
with Ozzy and took it, figuring, "Well Im
only working at a gas station, what do I got to lose?!"
He returned home thinking he didnt get the job,
but a few days later he received a phone call from
Sharon Osbourne asking if he would join the band.
Zakk joined up with Ozzy as lead guitarist at the
age of 20, in May of 1987, and still maintains that
title, turning in several cameos on both seasons of
"The Osbournes" hit TV show. The pair went
on to compose some of Ozzy's greatest work, including
the "No More Tears," "No Rest For The
Wicked" and "Ozzmosis" albums.
Since then, he has forged Black
Label Society as a vehicle for his true vision: unfiltered,
no-bullshit rock of the highest order. The current
line-up is Zakk (vocals, guitar, piano) Nick "Evil
Twin" Catanese (guitar), Mike Inez (bass) and
CraigLouisiana Lightning Nunenmacher (drums).
Zakk also plays everything but drums while recording
On the strength of three studio
outings ("Sonic Brew," "Stronger Than
Death" and last year's acclaimed "1919 Eternal")
along with a blistering live album ("Alcohol
Fueled Brewtality Live +5"), BLS has recruited
an ever-growing armada of devoted die-hard fans. "The
Blessed Hellride" will be in stores on April
22nd with a live DVD to be released later this year.