Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting




Zakk Wylde first rose to prominence as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ (1988). Ozzy’s 1992 live double CD set ‘Live & Loud’ was a milestone, proving in a live setting that he had the chops to replace the late Rhandy Rhoads. His initial stint with Ozzy ended in 1995; Wylde went on hiatus and in 1998 formed Black Label Society. Despite the name, the band is hard to label due to the varied influences including heavy metal, sludge, groove, southern rock and blues. In addition to featuring as the band’s lead guitarist, BLS gave him the opportunity to showcase his talent as a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist. At the start of the new millennium, he teamed up with Ozzy again while continuing to record and perform with Black Label Society. Zakk Wylde has performed at GMM on several occasions but this is the first time he’s going it alone. (Text: Steven Verhoeven / Translation: Nick Devos)