OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde snapped during an interview with St. Louis DJ Guy Favazz (of KSHE-95 Real Rock Radio) on Monday, August 19th after being asked about the rumors of baseball superstar Mike Piazza (Zakk's "best friend" and Godfather of one of his children) being gay.
The following is Favazz's account of the event, as posted via the message board at www.blacklabelsociety.net:
"I'd like to set the record straight on what happened on Zakks bus Monday evening. I must first say that while Zakk and I aren't 'friends' he has known me for the past five years. He co-hosted with me on my show 5 years ago...picking out all the music, etc. It was a thrill of a lifetime. We then went out to strip clubs and bars where Zakk jumped on stage at each place and ripped their collective heads off. Once when BLS came through town Zakk and I were out again taking in the strip clubs. I say all this to give you a little background on our relationship, which I would have described as friendly but we weren't buds.
"My good friend Randy Cannis set up the interview. He was with me along with his friend Matt, two others who I didn't know and Zakk's tour manager and bodyguard. Right off the bat I could tell that he was a little agitated for whatever reason. I was taping it on a mini disc player to be played back when I got back to our broadcast van from inside the venue. I asked Zakk to try and not use curse words because I couldn't edit from there. He started cursing almost immediately.
"The interview was going along fine although I could tell that this wasn't quite the same Zakk I've known in the past. My question about Piazza was brought up in a joking way...in fact, it was right after Zakk stated he keeps his wife's pussy juice in his beard during the tour. I said, 'So what's this crap about Mike Piazza being a homosexual... Did you guys ever hook up'...everyone on the bus laughed. Zakk said, 'How would you like it if I shoved that microphone up your ass?' Again we all laughed but then he turned on me. He told me it wasn't funny...that he'd like to kick me off the goddamn bus and break my fucking neck. I immediately apologized twice but to no avail. I honestly thought Zakk would laugh it off and say something like, 'Oh c'mon man...do you want him?'...you know, totally blow it off.
"The look on his face was incredible. I knew he was ready to swing at me...I'm no dummy. It would have been lights out for me. Instead he punched the mini disc player in hopes of breaking it but it didn't break. All the audio is there. I then got the fuck off the bus as quickly as I could.
"I gotta tell ya...it was very upsetting. I would have never asked that question or joked about had I thought Zakk wouldn't joke right back with me. It wasn't staged...it's real. Zakk then threatened to 'fucking kill me'...I took it seriously.
"So, just to let you know it's real. I apologized to Zakk on the spot which did no good. I think he then totally overreacted. It's too bad, really. I would like to remember Zakk the way that it was a few years ago when he wasn't back with Ozzy. I still love jamming to the guy and love his style on stage but it's not the same Zakk I met back in 1997."
To download an MP3 file containing the above-mentioned interview, click here.