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Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde
(August 2010)
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt
Born (1967-01-14) January 14, 1967
Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, southern metal, groove metal, southern rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, actor, producer
Instruments Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active 1987–present
Labels Geffen, Spitfire, InsideOut Music, Artemis, Roadrunner, Epic, Sony
Associated acts Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride & Glory, Steel Dragon, Britny Fox
Website zakkwylde.com
Notable instruments
Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul,
Zakk Wylde Signature Gibson Flying V,
Zakk Wylde Epiphone ZV,
Signature GMW custom V

Zakk Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt, January 14, 1967), is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Music career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Equipment 4
  • Media appearances 5
    • Guest album appearances 5.1
    • Guest live performances 5.2
    • Acting 5.3
    • Other Media 5.4
  • Discography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. He started playing the guitar at the age of 8, but didn't become serious about it until his first year in high school. At the age of 14 he worked at Silverton Music in the Silverton section of Toms River, New Jersey. Wielandt grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, and went to Jackson Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1985. He has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and would often play the guitar almost non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning, then sleeping through the school day.

Wylde in 2006

Music career

Wylde played locally with his first band Stone Henge, then later with local Jersey band Zyris. Later, he landed the role as lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. He sent Osbourne a demo tape in 1987 and was hired to replace Jake E. Lee, who replaced Brad Gillis, who replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads. Rhoads remains Wylde's foremost guitar-playing and stagecraft influence.[1]

Wylde gravitated toward a particular Les Paul guitar, which has become known as "The Grail"; his infamous bullseye-painted Gibson Les Paul custom. Wylde lost the guitar after it fell from the back of a truck transporting equipment as he was travelling between gigs in Texas. Rewards were offered to anyone that had information about the guitar. Wylde and The Grail were reunited years later when a fan bought it at a Dallas pawn shop and saw the initials "Z.W." carved into the humbucker pickups backs. He contacted Wylde's former webmaster Randy Canis to arrange its return to Wylde. He bartered for it, in exchange for two other Les Pauls. In 1995, Wylde auditioned for Guns N' Roses.[2][3][4]

Osbourne has maintained a flexible attitude with regard to his backing band, leaving his band members free to leave as they wish, but Wylde has remained faithful to Osbourne. Wylde was replaced in Osbourne's band by Joe Holmes from 1995 until his return in 2001. On January 17, 2006, Zakk Wylde was recognized at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, featuring his handprints and signature, in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry. The event was open to the public and many rock celebrities were present, including Ozzy Osbourne.

After auditions in 2004/2005, Ozzy Osbourne announced Wylde as the official guitarist for his album, Black Rain, which was released in 2007. On stage with Osbourne, Wylde has been credited for lending a high level of energy and passion to performances. Black Label Society's album Shot To Hell, was released on September 11, 2006 in the UK, and September 12, 2006 in the U.S. through Roadrunner records, with production by Michael Beinhorn. Black Label Society headlined the second stage at the 2006 Ozzfest, with Wylde playing double duty with Ozzy on certain dates.[5] He also joined Ozzy Osbourne for the Ozzy and Friends Tour Ozzy and Friends Tour in replacement of the Black Sabbath tour scheduled for the summer of 2012, playing a range of European dates including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.[6]

Black Label Society released 'The Song Remains Not the Same' on May 10, 2011 on E1. Wylde also played a guitar solo on Black Veil Brides cover of Kiss' "Unholy," on the band's Rebels EP released in December 2011.

Personal life

Wylde and his wife Barbaranne have four children: Hayley Rae, Hendrix, Sabbath, and Jesse[7]—who is godson to Ozzy Osbourne.[8] Wylde was a close friend of Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott and subsequently dedicated the song, "In this River" in his memory. He is a New York Yankees fan. As of 2011, he is in partnership with Blair's Sauces and Snacks to produce "Berserker" Hot Sauce and several variations.[9] Wylde is Irish Catholic and has spoken about his faith, calling himself as a "soldier of Christ".[10] Wylde's health has come under scrutiny for several years. Wylde was asked by Sharon Osbourne to attend rehab, but left early on.[11] In August 2009, Wylde was hospitalized due to blood clots;[12] he was subsequently forced to cancel his tour with Mudvayne and Static-X.[13] After his hospitalization, Wylde stopped drinking alcohol and is now sober.[14]

Wylde in Philadelphia (2005) playing a Gibson Chet Atkins CE

Equipment

Wylde is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads – who was also frequently identified by his cream Les Paul Custom, the guitar he has used since he was 12 years old. The "bulls-eye" paint job was originally supposed to look like the spiral from the movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrect from the luthier, he liked the result and stuck with it.[15] He was sometimes criticized by viewers and media for taking the idea of the "bulls-eye" from Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister, however, both Ojeda and Wylde deny it and suppose it to be coincidence. One of Wylde's favorite stage guitars is a Karl Sandoval V, a model that is famously known as the "Polka-dot V" used by Randy Rhoads, often mistaken as a custom Flying V.

Wylde's signature Les Pauls include a red flame-maple bulls-eye model, a black and antique-white bulls-eye model, an orange "buzz-saw" model, the pattern on which was inspired by a design on a Zippo lighter,[16] and a "camo" bulls-eye model with mother of pearl neck inlays and a green camouflage paint scheme. His original bulls-eye Les Paul was purchased from one of the owners of Metaltronics Amplification. Metaltronics was building a one-off live rig for Wylde that was designed around one of the owner's guitars, a creamy white Les Paul Custom with EMG pickups, which would later become known as "The Grail". Wylde has a custom Dean Splittail with a mud splatter bulls-eye graphic, as well as a signature Splittail shaped Gibson model called the "ZV". Another Dean in his collection is a Dime series Razorback with custom Bulls-eye graphics ordered for him specially by Dimebag Darrell shortly before his death; since receiving the guitar, he has only ever used it on stage to play "In This River," Zakk's personal tribute to Dimebag.

In practice, Wylde uses Marshall MG Series practice combos ranging in wattage levels from 10-30W during tour/private use especially in hotels and buses. Wylde has an extensive relationship with Marshall Amplification due to his love for their amplifiers, both solid state and valve powered. Live, Wylde exclusively uses Marshall JCM 800's with twin 4 X 12 Cabinets loaded with EVM12L 300W Black Label Speakers. His usual signal path consists of his guitar > (on stage pedal board) Dunlop Wylde Wah > Dunlop Wylde Rotovibe > MXR ZW Phase 90 > MXR Wylde Overdrive > MXR Carbon Copy Delay Delay > (to a back stage pedal board) > MXR EVH Flanger > MXR Black Label Chorus > split signals, one to each distorted amp into the High Gain input.

A detailed gear diagram of Wylde's 1988 Ozzy Osbourne guitar rig is well-documented.[17]

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Wylde announced his new company called Wylde Audio and provided a preview of his new line of custom guitars and amplifiers.[18]

Media appearances

Guest album appearances

Wylde has made guest appearances on various albums by other artists:

Black Label Society performing at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas on October 16, 2011

Guest live performances

  • On August 1, 1993, at Great Woods Amphitheatre in Mansfield, MA, Wylde appeared on stage with the Allman Brothers on lead guitar since Dickey Betts was unable to make the show, and they needed a guitarist at the last minute. This show is documented on the bootleg Zakk Goes Wylde.[31]
  • Wylde performed the U.S. national anthem on the electric guitar during a New York Rangers game in October 2005. He has also played the anthem at Los Angeles Kings and Dodgers games. A video of a Kings performance is included as an extra feature on the DVD Boozed, Broozed, and Broken-Boned.[32]
  • On February 1, 2007 Wylde and Nick Catanese began a tour of acoustic shows at the Hard Rock Cafe in various cities across North America. Although Catanese had to leave mid-tour due to unspecified personal reasons, Wylde continued to play shows alone. He performed several songs on both the acoustic guitar and keyboard. The tour was eventually canceled due to unspecified reasons.[33]
  • On April 13, 2011 he was the guitarist for James Durbin on American Idol, during Durbin's performance of "Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar.[34]
  • On May 14, 2011 he performed the U.S. national anthem at Rockfest in Kansas City, Missouri.[35]
  • Wylde appeared onstage December 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN, to play a cover of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" with Guns N' Roses while Black Label Society opened for Guns N' Roses during a leg of the US tour. Wylde also did this on subsequent shows before BLS finished their run on the tour.[36]
  • In Fall 2014, Wylde appeared as one of the performers on the "Experience Hendrix 2014" tour along with Billy Cox, Eric Johnson, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy and others. Wylde performed "Manic Depression", "Little Wing", and "Purple Haze" as well as playing with many of the other performers.

Acting

  • In 2001, Wylde appeared as the lead guitarist for a band called Steel Dragon in the movie Rock Star, also starring Mark Wahlberg.[37]
  • Wylde appeared in Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary" as himself
  • Wylde appeared in the Californication episode "Suicide Solution" in 2011, credited as "Guitar Guy".[38]
  • Wylde also appeared playing guitar alongside Lorne and other audience members in Angel's season 4 episode "The Magic Bullet" in 2003.

Other Media

Discography

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  17. ^ Cooper, Adam (July 1, 2000). "Zakk Wylde's 1988 Ozzy Osbourne Guitar Rig". GuitarGeek.Com.
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External links

  • Official website
  • Black Label Society official website
  • Zakk Wylde Video Workshop (Videos in engl.) Source: Bonedo.de
  • Zakk Wylde Interview Source: Bonedo.de
  • Source: Alternative Press
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