Posts Tagged ‘Ozzy Osbourne’

The music lineup has been announced for Monster Energy Aftershock—California’s biggest rock festival—Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22, at Discovery Park, near downtown Sacramento, California.

Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Run the Jewels, Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson and Mastodon top a bill of more than 35 artists performing on three stages. Tickets go on sale at noon PT Friday, June 9 (see below for details).

Maynard James Keenan said, “I’m delighted to be completing my musical trifecta by returning to the Aftershock festival with A Perfect Circle. Join us for a celebratory glass or three at the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden all weekend long.”

Marilyn Manson said, “A perfect time in the world to share a stage with Ozzy. Here comes the storm.”

The daily music lineup is as follows: (more…)

Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde, Prophets of Rage, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie and Incubus top the bill for the fourth annual Louder Than Life destination festival, Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1, at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tickets go on sale at noon ET Friday, June 2, at

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne—recently reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde for the first time in over a decadeleads a Saturday bill that also features Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Mastodon and many more. Prophets of Rage—bringing together the sonic firepower of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, with members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord—will close Louder Than Life on Sunday, joined by Incubus, Rise Against, Stone Sour and more. (more…)

Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath all-star cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age, Bl’ast!), will release the limited edition Live in Detroit LP on June 16 via Southern Lord Recordings.

Preorders for Live in Detroit are available now via Southern Lord at this location.

The three tracks comprising Live in Detroit were captured at the band’s performance on Oct. 26, 2016, at tThe Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan. Southern Lord will release Live in Detroit as a one time, vinyl-only pressing in multiple color variants. Additionally, the band will have the Live in Detroit LP available for purchase throughout its upcoming tour (see dates below).

Zakk Sabbath also has released a music video for “War Pigs,” directed by Justin Reich. (more…)

The second annual Chicago Open Air festival will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature more than 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count and many more.

Tickets for go on sale at noon CST Friday, Jan. 20, at (more…)


Zakk Wylde performing on ‘The Unblackened Tour’ at Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD, April 8, 2015.

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the ““Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year (read live recap and view live photos here). All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
After the acoustic The Song Remains Not the Same (2011) and the stripped-down, double live album Unblackened (2013), Black Label Society is bringing the thunder once again on its ninth proper studio release, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (named for BLS overlord Zakk Wylde’s home studio).

“If you ask me the difference between this album and the last eight or nine? It’s the song titles,” Zakk, in his typical self-deprecating manner, says in the latest official BLS bio. While it’s refreshing to see a musician who doesn’t take himself so seriously, he’s selling Catacombs a bit short. Yeah, it has the expected mix of full-throttle rockers and a few tender ballads, and the guitar playing is nothing short of godlike, but this release has a different feel than much of what has preceded it. (more…)

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Dreaming of a Black Label Christmas
Zakk Wylde talks Christmas EP, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and more

Zakk Wylde passed the point of needing an introduction a long time ago. All hard rock and metal fans (and even American Idol viewers) know him from his long stint as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and as the main man in his own band, Black Label Society. It’s been business as usual of late for Zakk, which means he’s been in and out of the recording studio, releasing a Christmas EP via iTunes, touring with rock legends, putting together a special BLS show for next year with strings, backing singers and other musicians, working on a book and showing up in some of the strangest places. As BLS wound down its U.S.  tour with Judas Priest, Zakk discussed these things and more with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Rob Halford

Rob Halford

Main Stage: Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Halford, DevilDriver, Nonpoint

Second Stage: Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, Saviours, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Skeletonwitch

(Click on band names for photo galleries.)

Review by Greg Maki

Oh, Ozzfest, how I missed you. Sure, others have stepped in the three years since you were last a touring festival. But they’re just not the same. As great as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is, it always feels like something is missing without the Prince of Darkness finishing off a hot, sweaty day of metal—even after he jettisoned longtime cohort Zakk Wylde in favor of Greek guitarist Gus G. of Firewind. (more…)

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde talks Black Label Society’s ‘Order of the Black’

Since being replaced earlier this year as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist by Gus G., Zakk Wylde has been able to focus on his own band, Black Label Society, full-time or, as he puts it, “25/8.” “I like working,” he says, and boy does he mean it. The latest BLS album, Order of the Black, recorded in Zakk’s new home studio (the “Black Label Bunker”), hits stores Aug. 10, and he’s planning nearly two years on the road supporting it, starting this month with Ozzfest and continuing into the fall with the Black Label Bezerkus, also featuring Children of Bodom, Clutch and 2Cents. But that’s not all. Zakk also is planning to write and direct a movie, writing two books and has his eyes set on opening a few Black Label pubs. One week before the new album’s release, Wylde answered questions from a handful of journalists, including Live Metal’s Greg Maki, in a conference call. Highlights from the 40-plus-minute session follow. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
As much as I hate to say it, the first solo album by legendary guitarist Slash is a something of a disappointment. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

Ozzy Osbourne freely admits that the stories he relates in his autobiography, I am Ozzy, are told to the best of his recollection, his memory eroded by decades of extreme substance abuse. Given the astronomical amount of booze and other drugs he spent the better part of his life ingesting, it’s almost beyond belief that he is still alive and in a condition to tell any stories.

I am Ozzy is a wild, vulgar ride through Osbourne’s debauchery-filled life—a yarn overflowing with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, with an extra emphasis on the drugs. It’s often hilarious, sometimes sad and even scary at certain points. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
Make no mistake: The Devil You Know is the newest Black Sabbath album. The cover says “Heaven & Hell,” but that’s a moniker this quartet adopted probably to assuage Ozzy Osbourne’s ego more than anything else. Only half the band that practically invented heavy metal four decades ago is here, but this lineup was active in both the early 1980s and early ‘90s. The new name comes from the first Ronnie James Dio-fronted Sabbath album, released in 1980. (more…)