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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