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The Rocklahoma Files: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

June 5, 2011 by  
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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.


Concert Gallery: Black Label Society at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

June 1, 2011 by  
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Rocklahoma 2011 kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29.  The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.”  And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!

Day 3 was probably the most solid line-up of the weekend featuring Mötley Crüe, Poison, Papa Roach, Seether, Saving Abel, Escape The Fate, Crooked X, Art Of Dying, One Less Reason and of course, one of the highlights – Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society.  The “Order of the Black” was out in full force!  Check out our gallery from their set below.

Black Label Society
May 29, 2011
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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Zakk Wylde’s “Bringing Metal To The Children” Book Due Out on May 10

January 3, 2011 by  
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Zakk Wylde has announced a May 10, 2011 release dae for his metal handbook Bringing Metal To The Children.  The book shares Wylde’s experiences over his 25 years in the biz both with Ozzy and Black Label Society and “details his survival techniques for maintaining a life on the road, managing a band of raging vikings, and somehow making it on stage and blowing the crowd away night after night.”

Beginning with Wylde’s “true rocker test” (TRT), the reader answers and self-scores ten questions to determine if he is a true rocker and should continue reading, or if he’s just a complete tool who needs to hand the book to someone more metal. Wylde continues the journey with his epic stories about life on the road, using his Black Label Society (BLS) coaching techniques to instruct the reader on proper touring hygiene, pre-concert preparations, and post-show etiquette. The road stories include wild nights with many of heavy metal’s gods including; Rob Zombie, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Alice In Chain’s Mike Inez, Skid Row’s Snake Sabo, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, professional wrestlers Chris Jericho, Bubba Dudley and Stone Cold Steve Austin, UFC Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin and of course the Godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne.

Bringing Metal To The Children also features Wylde’s roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring “metal musician,” as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus.

For all the latest info on Zakk and the book, visit his website.

Concert Gallery: Black Label Society at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY

November 18, 2010 by  
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Black Label Society
Black Label Berzerkus Tour
November 9, 2010
Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
Photos by:  Jeff Gerew

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New Song From Black Label Society “Parade Of The Dead”

June 17, 2010 by  
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Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society has released a new song called “Parade of the Dead” you can check it out below or purchase it on iTunes here:

Black Label Society – Manchester, NH

April 10, 2009 by  
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Black Label Society
April 10, 2009
Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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