Zachary Phillip Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt on January 14, 1967) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and occasional actor, best known as Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist and as the founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows II.
Wylde in August 2010
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Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on January 14, 1967. He started playing the guitar at the age of 8, but didn't become serious about it until his first year in high school. At the age of 14 he worked at Silverton Music in the Silverton section of Toms River, New Jersey. Wielandt grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, and went to Jackson Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1985. He has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and would often play the guitar almost non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning, then sleeping through the school day.
Wylde played locally with his first band Stone Henge, then later with local Jersey band Zyris. Later, he auditioned for lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. Wylde was hired to replace Jake E. Lee, who replaced Brad Gillis, who had himself replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads. Rhoads remains Wylde's foremost guitar-playing and stagecraft influence.
Wylde gravitated toward a particular Les Paul guitar, which has become known as "The Grail"; his famous bullseye-painted Gibson Les Paul custom. Wylde lost the guitar in 2000 after it fell from the back of a truck transporting equipment as he was travelling between gigs in Texas. Rewards were offered to anyone that had information about the guitar. Wylde and The Grail were reunited three years later when a fan bought it at a Dallas pawn shop and saw the initials "Z.W." carved into the humbucker pickups backs. He contacted Wylde's former webmaster Randy Canis to arrange its return to Wylde. Grateful, Wylde gave the fan his signature model in exchange. In 1995, Wylde auditioned for Guns N' Roses.
Wylde was replaced in Osbourne's band by Joe Holmes from 1995 until his return in 2001. On January 17, 2006, Zakk Wylde was recognized at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, featuring his handprints and signature, in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry. The event was open to the public and many rock celebrities were present, including Ozzy Osbourne. For a time in the mid-2000s he contributed a monthly column entitled "Brew-tality" for a guitar magazine, discussing his techniques and equipment, as well as transcribing riffs and solo sections. After auditions in 2004/2005, Ozzy Osbourne announced Wylde as the official guitarist for his album, Black Rain, which was released in 2007. On stage with Osbourne, Wylde has been credited for lending a high level of energy and passion to performances. Black Label Society's album Shot To Hell, was released on September 11, 2006 in the UK, and September 12, 2006 in the U.S. through Roadrunner records, with production by Michael Beinhorn. Black Label Society headlined the second stage at the 2006 Ozzfest, with Wylde playing double duty with Ozzy on certain dates. He also joined Ozzy Osbourne for the Ozzy and Friends Tour in replacement of the Black Sabbath tour scheduled for the summer of 2012, playing a range of European dates including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.
Since 2014, Wylde has led a Black Sabbath cover band called "Zakk Sabbath", with Wylde handling guitar and vocals, joined by Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass guitar and Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) on drums, who replaced original drummer John Tempesta. JP Gaster (Clutch) occupied the drummer's seat in between, in September 2017. The band tours intermittently, and has released a single, three-track vinyl-only live 12" in 2016.
On April 28, 2017 it was announced that Wylde will be rejoining Ozzy Osbourne's band for a 2017 summer tour.
Wylde and his wife Barbaranne have four children: Hayley Rae, Hendrix, Sabbath Page, and Jesse—who is godson to Ozzy Osbourne. Wylde was a close friend of Pantera and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and dedicated the song, "In This River" to Abbott's memory after his death. He is a New York Yankees fan. As of 2011, he is in partnership with Blair's Sauces and Snacks to produce "Berserker" Hot Sauce and several variations. Wylde also promotes Deathwish Coffee via his Instagram page, as they have used his name in marketing their line, "Odinforce Blend".
In August 2009, Wylde was hospitalized due to blood clots; he was subsequently forced to cancel his tour with Mudvayne and Static-X. After his hospitalization, Wylde stopped drinking alcohol and is now sober. Wylde is a Christian, describing himself as a "Soldier of Christ".
Wylde is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars, equipped with EMG -81 and -85 active pickups, with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads – who was also frequently identified by his cream Les Paul Custom, the guitar he has used since he was 12 years old. The "bulls-eye" paint job was originally supposed to look like the spiral from the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrect from the paint shop, he liked the result and decided to keep it. One of Wylde's favorite stage guitars is a GMW RR-V, a model that is famously known as the "Polka-dot V" Created originally by luthier Karl Sandoval of California, used by Randy Rhoads, often mistaken as a custom Flying V.
Wylde's signature Les Pauls include a red flame-maple bulls-eye model, a black and antique-white bulls-eye model, an orange "buzz-saw" model, the pattern on which was inspired by a design on a Zippo lighter, and a "camo" bulls-eye model with mother of pearl neck inlays and a green camouflage paint scheme. His original bulls-eye Les Paul was purchased from one of the owners of Metaltronix Amplification. Metaltronix was building a one-off live rig for Wylde that was designed around one of the owner's guitars, a creamy white Les Paul Custom with EMG pickups, which would later become known as "The Grail". Wylde has a custom Dean Splittail with a mud splatter bulls-eye graphic, as well as a signature Splittail shaped Gibson model called the "ZV". Another Dean in his collection is a Dime series Razorback with custom Bulls-eye graphics ordered for him specially by Dimebag Darrell shortly before his murder; since receiving the guitar, he has only ever used it on stage to play "In This River," Zakk's personal tribute to Dimebag.
In practice, Wylde uses Marshall MG Series practice combos ranging in wattage levels from 10-30W during tour/private use especially in hotels and buses. Wylde has an extensive relationship with Marshall Amplification due to his love for their amplifiers, both solid state and valve powered. Live, Wylde exclusively uses Marshall JCM 800's with twin 4 X 12 Cabinets loaded with EVM12L 300W Black Label Speakers. His usual signal path consists of his guitar > (on stage pedal board) Dunlop Wylde Wah > Dunlop Wylde Rotovibe > MXR ZW Phase 90 > MXR Wylde Overdrive > MXR Carbon Copy Delay > (to a back stage pedal board) > MXR EVH Flanger > MXR Black Label Chorus > split signals, one to each distorted amp into the High Gain input.
A detailed gear diagram of Wylde's 1988 Ozzy Osbourne guitar rig is well-documented.
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Wylde announced his new company called Wylde Audio and provided a preview of his new line of custom guitars and amplifiers. Currently he now is seen playing Wylde Audio equipment almost exclusively.
Wylde has made guest appearances on various albums by other artists:
Black Label Society is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde. To date, the band has released ten studio albums, two live albums, two compilation albums, one EP, and three video albums.Book of Shadows (album)
Book of Shadows is the first solo studio album by the heavy metal guitarist Zakk Wylde. The album was first released in 1996 by Geffen, and was reissued by Spitfire in 1999 with the bonus disc containing "Evil Ways" (the Japanese bonus track from the album's original release), "The Color Green", and "Peddlers of Death" (an acoustic version of a track that features on Black Label Society's Sonic Brew).
Unlike his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society, here Zakk Wylde shows a different side to his music; an introspective and mostly acoustic style recalling many of the lighter moments from his previous project, Pride & Glory as well as classic folk rock artists such as Neil Young.
Promotional singles were released for "Between Heaven and Hell" and "Way Beyond Empty", the latter of which also had an accompanying music video.
"Throwin' It All Away" was written about the death of Shannon Hoon from the band Blind Melon. Shannon and Zakk had lived together and became close friends a few months before he died of a drug overdose.Book of Shadows II
Book of Shadows II is the second solo studio album by American musician Zakk Wylde. The album was released on April 8, 2016, by Entertainment One Music.Concrete Jungle (Black Label Society song)
"Concrete Jungle" is the first single from Black Label Society's 2006 album, Shot To Hell and also opens the album. It reached number 29 on Mainstream Rock radio as compiled by Billboard magazine.
The song is based upon guitarist Zakk Wylde's opinion of New York City as he has explained in a video guitar lesson with Guitar World Magazine. In the same interview Wylde also explained that one of the other influences on the structure of the song was guitarist Jimmy Page because of the mixed guitar styles.Death Wish Coffee
Death Wish Coffee is a coffee brand that claims to sell the "world's strongest coffee." The coffee is primarily sold online, though it is also sold in grocery stores across the U.S..
Death Wish Coffee was introduced in 2012. The company was founded by Mike Brown in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is now headquartered in Ballston Spa, New York. Its production facility is in Round Lake, New York. Death Wish claims that its coffee has double the caffeine of an average cup of coffee, but that it also does not taste bitter or acidic.Epiphone
Epiphone is an American musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. (CMI, the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan. CMI took great measures to keep the Gibson and Epiphone identities separate and housed the two companies in different buildings each with its own separate management team. Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to 1957. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled those of Gibson. Aside from guitars, Epiphone also made double basses, banjos, and other string instruments. However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II and death of Epaminondas Stathopoulos in 1943 allowed Gibson's parent, CMI, to purchase it.The name "Epiphone" is a combination of proprietor Epaminondas Stathopoulos' (Επαμεινώνδας Σταθόπουλος) nickname "Epi" and "phone" (from Greek phon- (φωνή), "voice").Hangover Music Vol. VI
Hangover Music Vol. VI is the fifth studio album by heavy metal band Black Label Society, released April 20, 2004. This album is a much more mellow affair than any other Black Label Society album, and some fans have recognized it as a nod back to Zakk Wylde's solo effort, Book of Shadows, from 1996. The album contains a piano version of Procol Harum's 1967 No. 1 "Whiter Shade of Pale" and a song entitled "Layne," which is written in memory of Layne Staley of Alice in Chains.
The song "No Other" is a leftover track from The Blessed Hellride sessions, which explains why Zakk Wylde played bass on this song, whereas other bassists played on the rest of the album. The song was also recorded, mixed, and mastered by the same team that was responsible for the production on The Blessed Hellride.
This was the last album that Black Label Society recorded for Spitfire Records - it was recorded as a contract fulfilling obligation, and therefore received very little promotion from the label. None of the songs from this album were performed live by the band until 2009 when "Damage Is Done" was performed.Hellraiser (song)
"Hellraiser" is a song written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, and Lemmy Kilmister. The song was recorded by Osbourne for his 1991 album No More Tears and also by Motörhead for their 1992 March ör Die album. Motörhead's version was released as a single.I Don't Wanna Stop
"I Don't Wanna Stop" is a Grammy nominated single from heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne's 10th studio album, Black Rain. The song was first announced and released through Osbourne's website.In This River
"In This River" is a song written by American heavy metal band Black Label Society, featured on their 2005 sixth studio album Mafia. Performed entirely by guitarist, vocalist and pianist Zakk Wylde (who also wrote and produced the song), it was released as the third single from the album and reached number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.Losin' Your Mind
"Losin' Your Mind" was the first promotional single from Pride & Glory's self-titled debut album, Pride & Glory. A music video accompanied the song, which was recorded in the swamps of New Orleans. The song's lyrics deal with witnessing someone falling into drug addiction.Mama, I'm Coming Home
"Mama, I'm Coming Home" is the third song on the 1991 album No More Tears by the English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne has previously claimed that the song was written by Ozzy in tribute to her; however, the song was actually co-written by Lemmy Kilmister, Zakk Wylde (Osbourne's long-time guitarist) and multi-platinum producer/engineer Tom Fletcher. Lemmy was brought in as a songwriter for the No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks "Mama I'm Coming Home", "Hellraiser", "Desire", and "I Don't Want to Change the World."
The single is Osbourne's only solo Top 40 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 28; his only other top 40 hit was his duet with Lita Ford, "Close My Eyes Forever" which peaked at number 8. It also reached number 2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.No More Tears (Ozzy Osbourne song)
"No More Tears" is the fifth song and title track on the 1991 Ozzy Osbourne album of the same name. With a running time of 7:23, it is the longest solo song that Osbourne has ever recorded on a studio album. It reached #5 on U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks, #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #32 on the UK Singles Chart.Not Going Away
"Not Going Away" is the second single released from Ozzy Osbourne's 2007 album Black Rain. The single peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song is about Ozzy saying that he wants to perform until he is physically unable to continue, and telling all his doubters that he is "Not Going Away".
Like "I Don't Wanna Stop" the video to "Not Going Away" was fan made.The song was performed live at the 2007 scream awards by Ozzy Osbourne and others, including Rob Zombie.Pride and Glory (band)
Pride and Glory was a side project for Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. This was Wylde's first self-fronted project, before releasing his first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he formed Black Label Society in 1998, which remains his current band.
Coming together in 1991, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears, the band was originally named Lynyrd Skynhead and included the former White Lion rhythm section of bassist James LoMenzo and drummer Greg D'Angelo alongside Wylde. Although credited solely as 'Zakk Wylde' solo tracks, this line-up actually released two individual recordings; a raucous Southern instrumental entitled "Farm Fiddlin'" on a compilation called The Guitars That Rule the World (1991) and a cover of the blues-standard "Baby, Please Don't Go" on the L.A. Blues Authority Vol. 1 compilation (1992).
In early 1994 D'Angelo was replaced by Brian Tichy, this was at the same time that the band changed their name to Pride & Glory, and by May released their self-titled debut - and only - album, on Geffen Records. In June of that year, the band performed as a main stage act at the Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in England. In November 1994 LoMenzo left after their tour of Japan, 3 days before the beginning of their US Tour. Wylde managed to find a replacement for James in his long-time friend John DeServio. The band played their last show on December 10, 1994 in Los Angeles in which Slash, guitarist of popular rock bands Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver played the Jimi Hendrix songs "Voodoo Child" and "Red House" with the band.Stillborn (song)
"Stillborn" is a song from the Black Label Society album The Blessed Hellride. The song was also released as a single. Wylde's own vocal style also became quite similar to Ozzy Osbourne's for this record, while Osbourne was featured in the song on chorus singing with Zakk the lines, "The feelings I once felt are now Dead and gone. I've waited here for you for so very long."
"Stillborn" tells the story of a man whose girlfriend treats him so poorly and takes so much advantage of him that his love for her dies, leaving him feeling dead as well. Wylde insists that it is not autobiographical and that if any girl were to treat him like that, he would simply break up with her.
The video was directed by Rob Zombie, featuring his signature style of blue lighting, zombies, and a regular female cameo, Rob Zombie's wife Sheri Moon Zombie. The idea came together while touring together on Ozzfest.
Wylde has performed an acoustic version of "Stillborn" that is not only longer but also features a much different sound, following an acoustic solo throughout much of song.
The song also appears in the game Guitar Hero World Tour, with the singer as Zakk Wylde. It is the encore in the guitar career after defeating Wylde in a guitar duel.The Blessed Hellride
The Blessed Hellride is the fourth studio album by Black Label Society. It contains a mix of heavy (Stoned and Drunk, Stillborn) and lighter (The Blessed Hellride, Dead Meadow) tunes.
The second track "Doomsday Jesus" was featured on the soundtrack to the game MTX: Mototrax, but with altered lyrics.
The third track "Stillborn" is featured on the soundtrack of the game Guitar Hero: World Tour, Zakk Wylde was also a playable celebrity rockstar in that same game.
Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single "Stillborn," though his name was not used to promote the track. He is credited inside the booklet, however, due to Ozzy being on Sony Records at the time, Spitfire Records were not allowed to promote this song with Osbourne's name - a sticker on the cover of the album said "featuring special guest star."
The Japanese bonus track "F.U.N." is a joke song, presumably recorded while Zakk and Craig Nunenmacher were horsing around in the studio. The song's lyrics poke fun at the cheesiest of the 1980s hairband's "party" lyrics; Wylde himself noted that "parody" would be a charitable term, saying "That song is so ridiculous, I don't think you could mock anybody... No one sucks that much."A song called "No Other" was recorded, mixed, and mastered for this album, however, it remained unreleased until the next album, "Hangover Music Vol. VI."Troubled Wine
"Troubled Wine" is a song by Pride & Glory, released as the third and final promotional single from their self-titled debut album, Pride & Glory. No music video was made.Zakk Wylde discography
The following are albums and appearances by Zakk Wylde, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, of Black Label Society, and lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory. Wylde has released two solo albums; Book of Shadows in 1996 and Book of Shadows II in 2016.
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