Zakk Wylde reflects on Pride And Glory, jamming with the Allman Bros and that time he very nearly joined Guns N' Roses

Zakk Wylde then and now
(Image credit: Robert Knight Archive / Justin Reich)

“I guess once we’re done talking, I gotta shave my legs and put my crime-fighting outfit on,” chortles Zakk Wylde, talking to Guitar World a few hours ahead of showtime at Boston’s House Of Blues.

Come to think of it, the 52 year-old New Jersey native would make for an excellent superhero – swinging his signature solidbodies with all the red-eyed ferocity of Thor wielding that mighty hammer. You just know the streets would be a lot safer if SuperZakk was around…

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).