The Rocklahoma Files: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society
The Rocklahoma Files:
Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society
One really fun part about Rocklahoma was spending some time in the Media Tent, chatting with the bands. They were typically very pressed for time, talking with radio stations and journalists, so we’d have 2-5 minutes max.
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy, etc.) dropped by, and we had a chance to catch up on a couple topics. And while it wasn’t enough time to have a back-and-forth dialogue, we did get a few fun tidbits (for example, turns out Zakk loves Seinfeld and Family Guy!).
Is there something about you that most people don’t know?
Yes – that I’m married and I have three kids! And it’s not a front – The wife and the kids aren’t a beard!
What current projects are you excited about now?
Well, right now we put out a new album Order of the Black [peaked at 4th in the U.S. charts], the Black Label [fan community] is growing and growing. We just put out another album, Song Remains Not The Same, in the Top 50 on the US charts. Just goes to show the strength of the [BLS] family.
Then looking forward to throwing down with the Rocklahoma chapter of the Black Label Society. Then the 5th and 6th I’ll be on Jimmy Fallon, sitting in with the Roots. The 7th we fly to Europe, to do a whole bunch of festival dates.
Looking back over the past couple decades – how do you evolve in the context of an evolving music scene?
Maybe I evolve physically, I look different, but music makes me feel like I’m 14 years old, it’s a larger than life thing, That’s what music is about, it’s just life in general – you evolve, which is good.
You’ve had a lot of different collaborations over the years – are there some favorites?
No – I’ve loved them all. At the end of the day, you’re making music. I’ve never had a bad time making records. The objective is all the same – you want to succeed at whatever it is you’re doing.
Favorite TV shows, cartoons?
Obviously – Seinfeld, Family Guy – and obviously sports – I’m a Yankees guy, a New York Giants guy.