Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde Talks Upcoming ‘Un-Blackened’ DVD


Story by Anne Erickson

Zakk Wylde says Black Label Society are shaping a stripped-down DVD

Black Label Society guitar great Zakk Wylde endured the first-ever “Guitar World Roast” this past weekend, taking a few friendly hits from fellow heavy music-makers Gus G., Scott Ian, Corey Taylor, Chris Jericho and more. In the end, it seems Wylde had a ball. Let’s face it: It’s an honor to be the first guy roasted by Guitar World!

Wylde remembers when the magazine’s staffers first spoke to him about getting roasted. “I’m good buddies with all of the guys over at ‘Guitar World,’ and I remember talking to Brad Tolinski [Editor-in-Chief] about it,” Wylde told Artist Direct. “I mentioned that I wanted to do a ‘Black Label Roast’… Brad came back to me and said they’re going to do these ‘Guitar World Rock & Roll Roasts,’ considering you were talking about doing those ‘Black Label Roasts’ and it was your idea, you’re the first one we’re going to destroy! I said, ‘Awesome, sounds good!’ That’s how that came about. The more brutal it is, the funnier it is, dude.”

Following the roast, Wylde is shifting gears and getting back with Black Label Society to put together the metal band’s upcoming “Un-Blackened” DVD. The set is slated to feature stripped-down versions of the band’s deliciously heavy cuts. “We’re working on the setlist right now and figuring out how we’re going to do the ‘Un-Blackened’ DVD,” Wylde said. “We’ll do a string section, have pedal steel, piano, backgrounds, and fit everything together. We’re still trying to figure out what songs we want to put in there. I’m looking at the records right now. Mind you, we don’t have as bad of a problem as the Rolling Stones, but we’re trying to figure out which songs we want to put in there.

“No matter how much writing I’ve always done in the past, as soon as we get in there and round up the rest of the boys, we start jamming and getting inspired. Then, we start writing a ton of new stuff and the old material pales in comparison.” (Photo credit: Anne Erickson.)




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