Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society
Review by Greg Maki
Even though many fans may go to extraordinary lengths to meet them or see them in concert, I realize the guys (and gals) in bands are just that—guys. Talented, creative guys with incredibly cool jobs, but still just plain old average guys like you and me. Well, most of them are, that is.
From the moment Zakk Wylde steps on stage, he exudes a presence unlike anyone else. Physically, he is as imposing as it gets, with biceps the size of tree trunks, a long blonde mane, massive beard with two braids extending halfway down his chest, huge chain hanging from his waist and a leather vest adorned with the classic Black Label Society colors. Then he pounds out devastating riff after riff and shreds through solos that undoubtedly bring wide smiles to the faces of Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell as they watch from god’s tavern while slamming back a few Black Tooth Grins. I’ve seen BLS live 15 times now, and I am as much in awe of Zakk as ever. The show on this night may have been the best yet. (more…)