Zakk Wylde Black Label Society
Zakk Wylde was slated to play last month’s Ozzfest, which will be history by the time you read this. In fact, most people know his name from his short-lived—but integral to his success—stint with Ozzy Osbourne. After succumbing to Ozzy’s periodic ax-wielding, Wylde found solace in a solo career. After a brief period on Geffen, a huge change in his guitar playing (and demeanor) occurred. Wylde’s latest double-CD is a live set of songs from past and present that showcases the Queen of Vilification himself—if it hasn’t been slandered or messed with, Wylde probably hasn’t gotten his grimy hands on it. Although it’s a far cry from the tuneage of such nu-metal bands as Nonpoint, Endo, Spineshank and others, Wylde’s music (even the five studio bonus tracks) drips with his passion for good-time rock ‘n’ roll. Kudos to the lad for staying true to his name. At least he hasn’t ventured into prog rock—yet.