Zakk Wylde On Ozzy And Friends: “Me, Geezer, Slash and Gus All Play ‘Paranoid’!”
Black Label Society guitarist and former Ozzy axeman Zakk Wylde has spoken about the upcoming Ozzy And Friends tour – replacing the mass majority of planned Black Sabbath dates after Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis – in a new interview with Noisecreep.
“It’s the “Ozzy and Friends” thing,” he explains. “[Current Ozzy bandmembers] Gus G., Blasko and Tommy [Clufetos] are coming out and doing a bunch of tunes, then I come out with Blasko and Tommy and we end up doing a bunch of stuff from the era when I was with The Boss, from ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ all the way through everything I’ve ever done with him. Then Geezer [Butler, Black Sabbath bassist] comes out and we do a bunch of Sabbath stuff and at the end, Slash and everybody — Geezer, Slash, Gus — and we all play ‘Paranoid’.”
Nice, Zakk. Nice. Zakk also talked about his upcoming new book, ‘Bringing Metal To The Children’, out May 10.
“It started last New Year’s Eve, he notes. “When we started going through the idea for the book, it was a combination of two things: it’s all about my studio and technical stuff like gear, guitars… all I gotta do is add some scales in there. Then me and Eric started cracking up, right from the beginning, about me being like a Soldier of Christ, you know and having morals and caring about people and empowering people — not enslaving them — and you know, wanting other people to succeed, and being caring and sharing, unlike management, who’s into Satanism, which is the number-crunching.
“Eric and I were literally rolling on the floor, crying from laughing and just taking the piss out of everything. Everything would always come back to management, you know, “As I looked out into the crowd, I saw a brotherhood, a gigantic family, a Black Label Family of Doom,” whereas management looked at is as “Cash crops with legs,” and retirement plans, 401(k)s… we were dying laughing. We realized, “This is the direction the book has to go in, man.” Pure ridiculousness. Then me actually putting advice in there, like if I were eighteen years old again, what I would do. Stuff like that.”
Read the rest of the interview here.