Zakk Wylde talks about the new Black Label Society album and talks Ozzy

In a recent interview with, Zakk Wylde spoke about the upcoming Black Label Society album and also spoke of Ozzy Osbourne but this time it didn’t fall into the playground battle the two are having over his departure from Ozzy’s band.

More unexpected perhaps was news that Osbourne, Wylde’s boss and mentor since 1988, wanted a new guitarist. “I heard that, and to me, hey, the glass was half-full,” he says. “It’s like, thanks for letting me be there for 23 years! I’ll always cherish that. What more could Ozzy do for me at this point?” Wylde is genuinely appreciative of everything Ozzy did for him and Black label Society will perform on this summer’s Ozzfest tour before heading out on their own. “I look at it this way: instead of 24-7, Black Label Society is now my life 25-8.”

“It’s just whatever the songs are,” Wylde says. “I hate bands who are like ‘This is our heaviest yet’… so it’s just picking and screaming now? Or, ‘This is the fastest guitar playing I’ve ever done.’ Then you’re listening to notes. My favorite artists – Zeppelin, Sabbath, Elton John – the whole thing is songs. Back in Black wasn’t the heaviest or most vulgar AC/DC album – it has the best songs.”


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