zakk wylde

Aside from this doubleneck (which features a 12-string up top), the BLS head honcho says his signature Wylde Audio guitars are essentially interchangeable due to ultra-consistent manufacture quality and standardized appointments.

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After his longest touring break in 20 years, the Black Label Society mastermind talks about the evolution of Doom Crew Inc.—the band’s first-ever studio album to feature a second guitarist.

There aren’t many characters like Zakk Wylde left in the guitar-scape these days. The man has been a fixture—not to mention one of the biggest personalities—within guitar culture since emerging as one of the most respected players of the impossibly athletic late-’80s scene. Wylde’s accolades, exploits, and influence span decades now, so chances are if you’re reading a guitar magazine, the animated, self-styled “Viking” from New Jersey needs no introduction. However, for the uninitiated, Wylde rode the crazy train from virtual obscurity to practical ubiquity on the distinction of being the longest-serving guitarist (and frequent songwriting partner) for legendary metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne—whom Wylde still reverently refers to as “the Boss.”

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Workshops by Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Marty Friedman, Alex Skolnick, and more.

New York, NY (October 21, 2015) -- With a little over 4 months until the inauguaral voyage of the highly anticipated Axes & Anchors Music Cruise, the lineup continues to grow with the recent addition of Act of Defiance. Act of Defiance is comprised of Henry Derek (formerly of Scar The Martyr) on vocals, Chris Broderick (formerly of Megadeth) on guitar, Matt Bachand (formerly of Shadows Fall) on bass and Shawn Drover (formerly of Megadeth) on drums. Act of Defiance is joining the growing list of performances and clinics presented byheadliner Breaking Benjamin, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Motionless In White, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick, Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Adelitas Way, Demon Hunter, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Gilby Clarke, Mike Orlando and A Beautiful Disaster, Dario Lorina, Aranda, Black Knight’s Castle featuring Joe Stump, Johnny Monaco, Pamela Moore, Falling Through April, Gabriel Ayala and Headstrum. The five days and four nights cruise to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas leaves from Miami on February 20th and will take place on the Carnival Victory.

Act of Defiance recently released their debut Birth And The Burial to critical and consumer acclaim and the talent in the band is undeniable. The band will be performing two complete sets of material from their debut. Guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover are masters of their instruments having played in various notable bands throughout their careers before forming Act Of Defiance together. The pair will each be giving clinics on their respective instruments with Chris teaching creative ways to overlay harmony and tonality in soloing and Shawn talking about double bass drum endurance and consistency, as well as using left-handed techniques on a right-handed drum set. Both will be taking audience questions.

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In his debut blog, Zakk Wylde takes us back to 1987 and talks about how the scales he learned as a teenager tie into the first song he ever wrote with Ozzy.

Hello there, my brethren and sisters o’ doom! Big Black Label thanks to the gang at PG for allowing me to talk about what we all breathe and bleed for—the love of guitar!

Since this is our first gathering, I figured I’d start off talking about the first riff/song I wrote with Ozzy Osbourne some 27 years ago. “Miracle Man” will always hold a special place in my heart, being that it was the first thing I wrote with The Boss. It was 1987, and Ozzy and I had just begun writing No Rest for the Wicked in Brighton, England. We were jamming in a horse stall that had been converted into a living space/rehearsal studio. There was a cozy little pub with a beer garden within walking distance, and the routine basically consisted of jamming riffs all day, then going to the pub and sitting in with the house band. Nothing but good times, indeed!

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