As the Black Label Society's leader (and Ozzy's guitarist for more years than anyone else), Zakk Wylde has become infamous for his brew-tal riffage and lethal lead style. Remarkably, though, he also has a soul-stirring softer side.
Black Label Society had a hard-rock hit with 2011’s The Song Remains Not the Same, an album that featured acoustic versions of songs from the group’s Order of the Black record as well as covers like Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Invigorated by that success, frontman Zakk Wylde will keep the theme alive when the group records a live DVD and album this winter. Titled Unblackened, and due for release in the spring, the project will see BLS swap out the Marshall stacks and electric Epiphone Graveyard Disciple guitars for an orchestra, piano and pedal steel. But Zakk assures us the songs will retain their patented bite.
Zakk Wylde had long been known for his guitar pyrotechnics, signature look and over-the-top personality. Beneath all that, however, lies Zakk Wylde the guitar ambassador. Though his instructional videos, tab books and Guitar World columns, Wylde has made the instrument more approachable, and he never shies away from giving credit to his influences or peers.
Earlier today, Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde announced his new signature-edition guitar-instruction DVD series. The Zakk Wylde Signature Edition Guitar Apprentice will be available October 1 at Guitar Centers across the country.