Debby Rao of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
KNAC.COM: Now you are going to be doing double duty [at Ozzfest] this year. You are also playing with Ozzy.
Wylde: "Yeah, I always have a blast with that. That means I can get two beer buzzes a day, ya know what I mean? After we get done doing the BLACK LABEL set, we chill out for a while, we usually go on the bus and just sit. I got the ESPN on, and I can practice. I have a couple of cold ones, and then we are ready to start jamming with Ozz. Ya know what I mean?"
KNAC.COM: Will you be performing any new tunes from [BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's upcoming CD] "Shot To Hell"?
Wylde: "No. I remember when GUNS N' ROSES came out with 'Use Your Illusion'. I remember seeing them on that tour. They started touring three months before the record was out. I remember when they started breaking in these songs, I said, 'What the hell kind of tune is this?' Like, I didn't even know the songs. I just figured, you got 45 minutes up there, just play the songs they already know, the stuff that is on the records. As a fan, I would be saying, 'Why didn't they play this? What the hell is going on? This song I don't even know.' The [BLS] album will come out in September and then we are going to start touring. Then we will start to put some of the new shit in the set."
KNAC.COM: What are you thoughts on Dime's "Rebel Meets Rebel"?
Wylde: "It came out awesome. I can remember Dime telling me about it quite awhile before he passed away. Dime was like, 'Zakk, wait till you hear this thing. It came out really cool.' I knew who David Allan Coe was. Dime goes, 'Zakk, he is like the sweetest guy on the planet, he is super cool, we had so much fun making it.' I think it came out awesome. Everything Dime did came out awesome, so it doesn't matter, ya know what I mean?"
KNAC.COM: I was wondering if you would like to comment on the Ozzfest/IRON MAIDEN controversy that took place last year?
Wylde: "The whole thing, the bottom line is as far as I am concerned…everything is so over with anyway. The bottom line was he [Bruce Dickinson] was in the wrong. He was banging on the boss. He [Ozzy] would never do anything to anybody. This is so stupid…high school shit. I am 39 years old. It is so high school. I ain't dealing with this crap, do ya know what I mean?"
Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM.