Next up is WWE superstar Chris Jericho, who learned that comedy isn't always easy, especially when you're staring down a man who looks like a cross between a viking and a Hell's Angel. Watch Jericho body slam (metaphorically speaking) Zakk Wylde in the video below.
For those of you who missed Guitar World's Rock & Roll Roast of Zakk Wylde, which took place in January at The Grove in Anaheim, California, worry not! We're in the process of bringing you as much footage as possible from that night. In fact, here's comedian Jim Norton's segment of the Roast, which features some great one-liners, including, "What an amazing collection of people. If a bomb went off right now, the record industry would lose exactly $500 next year."
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.
While they couldn't make it in person, Steel Panther couldn't turn down the opportunity to let Zakk Wylde have it at the first-ever Guitar World Rock and Roll Roast back in January. The boys in Steel Panther sent in a video roast for Zakk, which is NSFW, to say the least. Check it out below.
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.
In the early 1980s, a few years before Russ Freeman gathered a bunch of his L.A. musician friends together to create the groundbreaking Rippingtons' debut Moonlighting, the multi-talented guitarist and composer spent time on TV sound stages listening to orchestras play.
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.