Zakk Wylde
American musician
Zakk Wylde
Zachary Phillip "Zakk" Wylde, is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996.
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Ana Popovic: From Behind the Six String
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Change your records. One day you will wake up with your own licks. It's a promise." ~ Ana Popovic Belgrade, Serbia is not known for being a city that churns out blues musicians. But this is in fact where a young Ana Popovic was introduced to the blues and the guitar. Jump to twenty years later and she is one of the most popular female blues guitar players in the world. In this interview we talked about the first time she played on stage, collaborating on an album with her father, and being part of the Experience Hendrix Tour. Photo courtesy Leslii Stevens | Studio 23 So, you got into the blues through your father. Was the blues a popular genre in your native Serbia? AP: No...Not at all. There were a few bands that were doing it at that time, and I was really drawn to it at a very early age. I would go to the nightclubs to listen to some of the blues bands. I was twelve or thirteen at the time, so I could listen to the first two songs, and then it would be time to go back ho ...
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16 Gift Ideas for Your Guitar Playing Bookworm
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was in the bookstore recently and picked up this new book by Mitch Albom called The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. It's a book of fiction about the greatest guitar player who ever lived. That got me thinking: Who is the greatest guitar player that ever lived? What makes this person so great? Does it have to do with how good they can play, their accolades and accomplishments, or their personal history -- or is it a combination of all of the above? As someone who has interviewed a lot of guitar players, I also spend quite a bit of time reading about them. If you are thinking about buying the guitar player on your holiday wish list a book this year, you might consider one of these titles. (Please note: These are not all New Releases. . . .just some that I've either read or have researched . . . in no particular order.) 1.) Joe Perry: ROCKS by David Ritz 2.) Buddy Guy: When I Left Home by David Ritz 3.) Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight by John McDermott 4.) Joe S ...
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Joe Bonamassa: From Behind the Six String
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"The real trick to it all is to control as many parts of your own destiny as humanly possible." -- Joe Bonamassa As a fan of blues music, I tend to gravitate toward the old masters. But as I started to listen to more of the contemporary guitar virtuosos, I could see that some, like Joe Bonamassa, are taking the genre of blues music and kicking it up a notch. It's to a point where the genre of music that he is playing no longer needs to be defined, and you know what, it's probably better that way. In this interview, we talked about paying homage to his heroes, collecting guitars, being in charge of his career, and his quest to support music in schools. Photo courtesy Leslii Stevens - Studio23Hudson.com You're on the road again after a successful 3-Kings tour. There aren't too many musicians out there who take detours from their own music who go and do entire tours of other peoples music. Do you feel that blues musicians are more likely to do that? Paying homage to their heroe ...
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Joe Bonamassa: From Behind the Six String
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"The real trick to it all is to control as many parts of your own destiny as humanly possible." -- Joe Bonamassa As a fan of blues music, I tend to gravitate toward the old masters. But as I started to listen to more of the contemporary guitar virtuosos, I could see that some, like Joe Bonamassa, are taking the genre of blues music and kicking it up a notch. It's to a point where the genre of music that he is playing no longer needs to be defined, and you know what, it's probably better that way. In this interview, we talked about paying homage to his heroes, collecting guitars, being in charge of his career, and his quest to support music in schools. Photo courtesy Leslii Stevens - Studio23Hudson.com You're on the road again after a successful 3-Kings tour. There aren't too many musicians out there who take detours from their own music who go and do entire tours of other peoples music. Do you feel that blues musicians are more likely to do that? Paying homage to their heroe ...
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Mike Ragogna: Conversations With Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and The Rippingtons' Russ Freeman
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Mike Ragogna: Hiya, Jeff, how are you? Jeff Lynne: Oh, not too bad, and how are you? MR: I'm pretty good, pretty good. Hey, it looks like you've got a couple of projects, your solo album Long Wave, and also The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra. JL: Uh-huh. MR: Where do you find the time in the day? JL: Well, don't forget, that's all I had to do. I spent three years six days a week doing those two albums plus another eight songs for my new album, original songs. MR: Let's first get into Long Wave. Long Wave is a bit of a tribute to your musical history. Things you loved? JL: Yeah, things I loved, that I've loved since I was a tiny lad. MR: Your track list includes older classics, such as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Smile," and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing." But there are also tracks such as "Let it Rock" and "She." JL: What can I say? I've got a very diversified taste. Part of it was, obvious ...
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How To Rock Out With Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro & Gene Simmons
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Iain Blair LOS ANGELES, Sept 6 (Reuters) - After traveling the world and giving aspiring musicians a chance to jam with their favorite stars, the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp announced Thursday it was setting up a permanent home in Las Vegas. Starting in October, aspiring rockers who have dreamed of playing with their musical heroes can sign up for the camp's courses at the MGM Grand hotel and casino. Upcoming camps will feature rock legends as Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons and Vince Neil. Camp founder David Fishof, a former manager and tour producer for Ringo Starr and The Monkees, said he had been looking for a permanent location for some time to cope with growing demand. "It gets bigger every year," said Fishof. He estimated that since its start, over 7,000 rock star wannabes have attended the camps, which have been held six times a year in vari ...
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Zakk Wylde and Wife Barbaranne Name New Child Sabbath Page
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde and his wife Barbaranne welcomed their fourth child yesterday dubbing the baby boy Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde after you guessed it Black Sabbath Wylde's spokesperson has confirmed to Rolling Stone The tribute isn't just that of a fan the elder Wylde was Ozzy Osbourne's longtime...
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8 Crazy Summer Camps For Grown-Ups
Business Insider - over 4 years
Summer camp has grown up. Sure, you can still send the kids there, but there's no upper age limit. Nationwide, more than 800 camps cater to the adult crew. On the grown-up agenda: nature retreats, intensive cooking courses, triathlon camp, and cowboy college. "In this world of being the best one can be, people really want more out of their vacation time," says Nancy Diamond, managing principal of the Camp Professionals, which offers consulting services for camp owners and operators. In 1996, she launched the directory grownupcamps.com, which she spent 13 years running. "Maybe you're finally going to learn about something you always wanted to learn about, or a passion you always wanted to fulfill. It's a chance to take the time to take care of yourself." Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp, Las Vegas That inner rock star is itching to come out. At Rock Camp, you'll be placed in a band based on skill level, and learn to play (or perfect) an instrument. You'll write and record an origi ...
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Zakk Wylde, Korn Guitarist Are Expecting
Gun Shy Assassin - almost 5 years
Zakk Wylde Not to imply that they’re having a baby together. I would never do that. Nope. They’re both expecting children with their ladies. Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer and his wife of four months, actress Evis Xheneti, are expecting their first child together in November. Xheneti is three months pregnant, and is quoted as saying “We are so utterly elated to announce that we are expecting our first child due late this fall. We have been dying to share this news with everyone.” It will be Munky’s second kid. And Zakk Wylde is also preggers with his lady. He says in a recent interview: “My kids, the two oldest are in college, the little guy is nine and Barbaranne is six-and-a-half months pregnant right now. My friends are like, ‘You must be excited you’re having another baby?’ ‘Yeah we just extended the tour another twenty years.’”
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Watch: 11 Year Old rips it up with some BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Kik Axe Music - almost 5 years
Over on YouTube there's a channel where you can find an 11 year-old boy named KOBZEV MAKSIM (aka Maksim Kobzev) shredding away on dozens of songs from OZZY OSBOURNE, TWISTED SISTER, DIO, HELLOWEEN, BILLY TALENT, and EXODUS. What appears to be his favorite is the music of ZAKK WYLDE, specifically anything by BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Now, these play-alongs aren't perfect, but they're quite good. BLS caught on this morning and sent a little Facebook love his way, so I'm helping to take that a step further. Check out Bleed For Me and Stillborn below, then hit this link for more. Black Label Society Zakk Wylde Music Videos Music For Kids
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ZAKK WYLDE Interview at Revolver Golden Gods 2012
Metal Injection - almost 5 years
Zakk Wylde discusses all the upcoming touring he's doing, a future live DVD in the works and another newborn child. Watch more interview clips at this [link] Added by: metalinjection Tags: zakk wylde revolver golden gods Date: 2012-04-18
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Metal Injection Crashes the 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS
Metal Injection - almost 5 years
Metal Injection was at the 2012 edition of the Revolver Golden Gods, and Rob wore his sequin blue shirt to grab the attention of some heavy hitters of hard rock and heavy metal. In our piece, we speak to Chris Jericho, Megadeth, Asking Alexandria, Zakk Wylde, Trivium, Suicide Silence, Evanescence, Halestorm, James Durbin of American Idol, Machine Head, Lemmy of Motorhead, Slipknot, and Black Veil Brides. We'll be posted RAW versions of all the interviews in the coming days Added by: metalinjection Tags: revolver golden gods awards chris jericho megadeth asking alexandria zakk wylde trivium suicide silence evanescence Date: 2012-04-16
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Jim Marshall: 'They call me the Father of Loud'
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
Shortly before his death last week, Jim Marshall, creator of the famous amplifier, gave his last interview to Alfred Hickling. He talked about his debt to Hendrix and Spinal Tap – and his final invention, the one-watt amp At the Marshall amplifier factory in Milton Keynes, there's a small museum piled high with musty, well-used equipment. There are original models of the 100-watt amps favoured by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. There's a white leather model made for Paul Weller with a mod target emblazoned across its front. There is a replica of Lemmy's amp, which the Motörhead bassist customised with Soviet army insignia and christened Murder One. But it is the tributes that various stars have scrawled on to their gear that are most striking. An amp belonging to Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Zakk Wylde is inscribed: "Dad Rules." A 50-watt model donated by Jeff Beck states: "Thanks, Dad, for everything." Last Thursday saw the passing, at the age of 88, of the man the rock guitar communit ...
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An Interview with Zakk Wylde: Former Jackson Memorial Student Talks About Fame and Music
Jackson NJ Online - about 5 years
By Phil Stilton <a class="fplink fp-293925" href="/Zakk+Wylde+1">Zakk Wylde</a>, a Jackson Memorial High School band kid who turned international guitar-rock celebrity through his time as lead guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne and his own band, Black Label Society took some time this month to talk to us about his time in Jackson and what it’s like to come from a small town like Jackson and be thrust onto the stage of one of the most successful and controversial heavy metal artists of all time, Ozzy Osbourne.   Q: You were still a teenager when you got the call to play with Ozzy. You had some big shoes to fill with Randy Rhodes and Jake Lee. What was going through your mind at the time? Zakk:  I went from being this massive, huge fan  of Ozzy.  I had just seen Ozzy play with Jake at the Spectrum a few weeks before with Motley Crue on that Shout at the Devil Tour.  I went from being in the audience to realizing, now I’m on stage.  There were guys showing up who played pretty well, but t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zakk Wylde
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Wylde, along with Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tosin Abasi, was featured on the Generation Axe tour in April and May 2016.
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  • 2015
    At the 2015 NAMM Show, Wylde announced his new company called Wylde Audio and provided a preview of his new line of custom guitars and amplifiers.
    More Details Hide Details Wylde has made guest appearances on various albums by other artists: With Black Label Society With Ozzy Osbourne Pride & Glory Solo
  • 2011
    As of 2011, he is in partnership with Blair's Sauces and Snacks to produce "Berserker" Hot Sauce and several variations.
    More Details Hide Details Wylde is Irish Catholic and has spoken about his faith, calling himself a "soldier of Christ". Wylde's health has come under scrutiny for several years. Wylde was asked by Sharon Osbourne to attend rehab, but left early on. In August 2009, Wylde was hospitalized due to blood clots; he was subsequently forced to cancel his tour with Mudvayne and Static-X. After his hospitalization, Wylde stopped drinking alcohol and is now sober. Wylde is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars, equipped with EMG -81 and -85 active pickups, with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads – who was also frequently identified by his cream Les Paul Custom, the guitar he has used since he was 12 years old. The "bulls-eye" paint job was originally supposed to look like the spiral from the movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrectly from the luthier, he liked the result and stuck with it. He was sometimes criticized by viewers and media for taking the idea of the "bulls-eye" from Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister, however, both Ojeda and Wylde deny it and suppose it to be coincidence. One of Wylde's favorite stage guitars is a GMW RR-V, a model that is famously known as the "Polka-dot V" Created originally by luthier Karl Sandoval of California, used by Randy Rhoads, often mistaken as a custom Flying V.
    Wylde also played a guitar solo on Black Veil Brides' cover of Kiss' "Unholy," on the 2011 EP Rebels.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Black Label Society headlined the second stage at the 2006 Ozzfest, with Wylde playing double duty with Ozzy on certain dates.
    More Details Hide Details He also joined Ozzy Osbourne for the Ozzy and Friends Tour in replacement of the Black Sabbath tour scheduled for the summer of 2012, playing a range of European dates including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium. Black Label Society released 'The Song Remains Not the Same' on May 10, 2011 on E1.
  • 2004
    After auditions in 2004/2005, Ozzy Osbourne announced Wylde as the official guitarist for his album, Black Rain, which was released in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details On stage with Osbourne, Wylde has been credited for lending a high level of energy and passion to performances. Black Label Society's album Shot To Hell, was released on September 11, 2006 in the UK, and September 12, 2006 in the U.S. through Roadrunner records, with production by Michael Beinhorn.
  • 2000
    For a time in the mid-2000's he contributed a monthly column entitled "Brew-tality" for a guitar magazine, discussing his techniques and equipment, as well as transcribing riffs and solo sections.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Wylde was replaced in Osbourne's band by Joe Holmes from 1995 until his return in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details On January 17, 2006, Zakk Wylde was recognized at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, featuring his handprints and signature, in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry. The event was open to the public and many rock celebrities were present, including Ozzy Osbourne.
    In 1995, Wylde auditioned for Guns N' Roses.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Wylde played locally with his first band Stone Henge, then later with local Jersey band Zyris. Later, he landed the role as lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. He sent Osbourne a demo tape in 1987 and was hired to replace Jake E. Lee, who replaced Brad Gillis, who replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads.
    More Details Hide Details Rhoads remains Wylde's foremost guitar-playing and stagecraft influence. Wylde gravitated toward a particular Les Paul guitar, which has become known as "The Grail"; his famous bullseye-painted Gibson Les Paul custom. Wylde lost the guitar in 2000 after it fell from the back of a truck transporting equipment as he was travelling between gigs in Texas. Rewards were offered to anyone that had information about the guitar. Wylde and The Grail were reunited three years later when a fan bought it at a Dallas pawn shop and saw the initials "Z.W." carved into the humbucker pickups backs. He contacted Wylde's former webmaster Randy Canis to arrange its return to Wylde. Grateful, Wylde gave the fan his signature model in exchange.
  • 1985
    Wielandt grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, and went to Jackson Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and would often play the guitar almost non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning, then sleeping through the school day.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Born on January 14, 1967.
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