Black Label Society
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
"Black Label Society" is a heavy metal/Southern Metal band formed by Zakk Wylde, with 8 albums released to date. The first, Sonic Brew, was released in 1999. The band's latest studio album "Shot To Hell" was released on the 11th (UK) and 12th (US) of September 2006, the first release under Roadrunner Records, and was produced by Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
In 1992, Ozzy retired after the No More Tears tour, which left Zakk to form his own solo band Pride & Glory, blending potent bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. In 1994 Ozzy decided to come out of retirement, and the numerous recording sessions for Ozzmosis took place. Around this time, Zakk was also offered the open guitar slot in Guns N' Roses and had a hard time deciding whether to tour with Ozzy or join Guns N' Roses. Neither project panned out. This gave Wylde the opportunity to record his own acoustic solo album, "Book of Shadows." After limited commercial success with Book Of Shadows, in 1998, Zakk and drummer Phil Ondich formed Black Label Society and recorded their debut album "Sonic Brew." Nick Catanese has been Zakk's rhythm guitarist since the Book Of Shadows tour. Craig Nunenmacher has been drumming since 1919 Eternal (2001) following Phil's departure.
Black Label Society headlined the second stage at this year's Ozzfest (US). Tickets for fall dates in the US have gone on sale, and the band will tour Australia, New Zealand and the UK in late 2006 and early 2007.
The song "Fire It Up", from the 2005 album Mafia, featured as a bonus song in the PlayStation 2 game ''Guitar Hero''.
On June 29, 2006, "Concrete Jungle", the first single from "Shot to Hell" was released online via Blabbermouth.net, which is owned by the band's new record label Roadrunner Records. The single's , directed by
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have have teamed up with Instant Live to offer high-quality CDs of three Californian dates (San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) on their current tour. Instant Live will be recording the band's set at each of these dates, and the completed CDs will be available for pickup just minutes after the show ends. For fans that won't be able to make it to any of the Californian shows, copies are available for purchase at instantlive.com. All Instant Live albums are limited edition, so make sure you order yours today! The dates that are being recorded are as follows:
Nov. 17 - San Diego, CA - The House Of Blues
Nov. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
Nov. 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Instant Live, launched in February of 2003 in Boston and now owned by radio and concert promotion behemoth Clear Channel Communications, can reportedly print off dozens of discs — selling for around $15 either at the venue or later — in response to orders from concertgoers.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Mafia", which has sold 185,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's well known that Zakk Wylde supports his US military. Now Zakk and Black Label Society have contributed to a documentary on the history of US Combat helmets. "Steel Pots, The History of America's Steel Combat Helmets" features Zakk's acoustic version of "America the Beautiful" from his "1919 Eternal" CD. "I interviewed Zakk at the Columbus Ozzfest for "Guitar Digest" and asked his permission to use the cut. He enthusiastically approved it", Said Chris Armold, writer and producer of the DVD. The song is used in the outro of the DVD as the credits run. "It's a moving, stripped down version of the song and it's a perfect fit." BLS fans who are interested can learn more about this DVD by visiting www.steelpots.com. In addition, a portion of every DVD sold will be donated to the Yellow Ribbon Support Center which aids active duty military personnel and their families. Chris plans to see Zakk when BLS rolls through Cincinnati and will ask Zakk to sign some special edition DVDs. "I'll auction those DVD's off and all the proceeds will go to the Yellow Ribbon Support Center. said Armold"
The official Black Label Society Myspace page is has been launched. Check it out at www.myspace.com/officialbls.
ZAKK WYLDE: a name synonymous with guitar greatness. From the moment he was selected at the age of 19 to create thunder by the side of the incomparable OZZY OSBOURNE, to his illustrious career as frontman of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, Zakk has been blowing speakers and minds. With his God-given musical virtuosity, signature bullseye-style Les Paul guitars, badass denim and leather dress code and wild golden mane of barbarian locks, Zakk is nothing less than iconic. Realizing the importance and impact of such a momentous artist, Spitfire Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment felt that it was only fitting to assemble the ultimate ZAKK WYLDE collection,
"Kings Of Damnation: 98-04".
"Kings Of Damnation 98-04" features tracks spanning ZAKK WYLDE's entire career, including his first trio, PRIDE AND GLORY and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. With tracks such as “Stillborn,” “The Blessed Hellride,” “Horse Called War,” “Crazy Or High,” “Between Heaven and Hell,” “Sold My Soul” and many more available for the first time ever on the same disc, Zakk’s skill as a songwriter and the impressive body of work BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has accumulated over the years is well-showcased. Also included are “Doomsday Inc” and “SDMF,” both previously unreleased and available here for the very first time. "Kings Of Damnation: 98-04" is a history lesson in the career of one of the greatest metal guitarists ever.
Spitfire Records is an imprint of Eagle Rock Entertainment. Eagle Rock is one of the leading independent sources for music audio and audio/visual programming, which it releases worldwide on DVD, CD and other formats, as well as through channels such as television and VOD. Eagle Rock’s mission is to bring music fans high quality music audio and audio/ visual content from the broadest range of artists, with superior production, sound and high definition visuals, as well as other historically significant releases. Eagle Vision’s extensive catalog covers every genre of music, and includes the Classic Albums documentary series, which tells the stories behind some of the greatest albums in rock history, and Live at Montreux, which features performances from top artists at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.
A complete track listing for "Kings Of Damnation: Era 98-04" includes:
Losing Your Mind
Horse Called War
Between Heaven And Hell
Sold My Soul
Bleed For Me
Stronger Than Death
Demise Of Sanity
We Live No More
The Blessed Hellride
Crazy Or High
House Of Doom
MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the top metal videos of 2005. They have compiled 50 of the hottest metal and hardcore videos that premiered on the "Ball" this year — including LIFE OF AGONY's "Love to Let You Down", ARCH ENEMY's "Nemesis", BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "In This River", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's "Stone Breaker", DARK TRANQUILLITY's "The New Build", DISTURBED's "Stricken" and THE HAUNTED's "No Compromise". To vote for your favorite video, go to www.mtv2.com. The results will be seen on "Headbanger's Ball" and in an upcoming issue of Revolver.
Well it was one hell of a tour, the 10th annual Ozzfest Summer Amphitheatre Tour came to an end once again in West Palm Beach, FL and I had a chance to be there. For 6 years now I have been planning on going to Ozzfest but for some reason something has always came up and I couldn't go. Last year I had everything lined up to go, and a damn hurricane hit the place. This year I finally lucked out and went to my first Ozzfest. Let me tell you "I have waited for this for a very long time." I loaded up the Tahoe with a couple friends and my wife and we left about 2:00am Saturday morning and drove about 9 1/2 hours from Charleston to West Palm Beach, FL. That was a long drive, I probably should have gone to the one in Charlotte, NC the night before but......."The best one is the last one" that's what I have always been told. More...
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have now officially confirmed the departure of bassist James Lomenzo. "The decision to part ways with James Lomenzo was a mutual one between James and [BLACK LABEL SOCETY mainman] Zakk [Wylde]," the band write in a press release.
"John 'JD' DeServio will be playing bass on the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY 'Mafia' post-Ozzfest tour. Most of you will remember J.D. from the early BLACK LABEL SOCIETY days, and we're excited to have him back rockin the low end once again.
"Zakk has always said that the bass position is like 'Mount Bassmore' and Zakk enjoys playing with many different bassists."
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be embarking on a U.S. tour with BRAND NEW SIN beginning in mid-October. The band's latest album, "Mafia", has sold 169,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have parted ways with bassist James Lomenzo (ex-WHITE LION, DAVID LEE ROTH, PRIDE & GLORY), informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. A replacement bassist has yet to be announced.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be embarking on a U.S. tour with BRAND NEW SIN beginning in mid-October. A double-disc compilation, entitled "Kings of Damnation - Era '98-'04", is due on October 4 via Spitfire Records. "Kings of Damnation" is a look at the evolution of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde's progression as a musician, beginning from his solo venture with PRIDE & GLORY and BOOK OF SHADOWS, leading up to his final album for Spitfire, "Hangover Music Volume VI". Disc 2 features unique takes on a number of well-known songs, including PROCOL HARUM's "Whiter Shade of Pale", THE BEATLES' "Come Together", and NEIL YOUNG's "Heart of Gold".
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's latest album, "Mafia", has sold 169,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Artemis recording artist Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society will be performing a benefit show on October 11th at the recently opened City Hall venue in Nashville, TN. All profits will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Alternative rock station WBUZ/Nashville will be a partner in the event and will be offering tickets on-air. Tickets are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations and online at ticketmaster.com.
Wylde offered: “The bottom line is this…we have a lot of Black Label brothers and sisters in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. We know we have to do the right thing to help out the thousands of volunteers, National Guard, Armed Forces and the local police. It’s the least we can do to help out. When family is down, you pick them up. Now it’s time to kick some ass. God bless, beyond forever, stay strong.” More...
David Priest of OnTrackMagazine recently interviewed Black Label Society guitarist, Zakk Wylde. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
OT: In light of your success with Black Label, recently there was an announcement made that Ozzy is seeking a new guitar player to work on his next solo effort. He also stated that he knows you would be on board for anything that he does but he didn’t want to pull you away from Black Label. What are your feelings on this?
Zakk: Ozzy knows I’ll always be there for him. What comes around goes around, ‘cause I remember Ozzy, awhile ago when he was lookin’ for a guitar player, he goes, ‘Zakk, it’s a nightmare.’ When I first arrived on the scene I was comin’ in at the end of the 80’s and guitar players were a lot better, then the solos kinda went, but what’s old is new again and what’s new is old. I’ve just always figured that you just gotta know how to play your instrument, you know what I mean? As far as today goes there’s a lot of potential within the rest of the Black Label Chapters. There’s a whole bunch of kids, and they’re all like seventeen years old, eighteen years old, and they all play, like, ten hours a day and you love jammin’ again, you know what I mean? When I got the job with Ozzy, there were actually some decent guitar players around, I just happened to fall through the cracks.
OT: So are you gonna pursue writing with him and recording with him again?
Zakk: Um yeah, I mean the bottom line is, with Oz, he makes the calls, he’s the boss, you know what I mean? Whenever he tells me to jump, I ask, ‘how high?’ With us it’s real easy, Sharon calls Barbara Ann, my wife, and goes, ‘Tell the idiot to be down at rehearsals on Wednesday.’ ‘What time?’ ‘Tell him to be there at 1 O’clock.’
OT: But I’ve seen people just kind of part like the red sea when you’re walkin’ across the grass at Ozzfest, or whatever. People are like, ‘Oh shit get outta the way.’
Zakk: Naw that’s just because I never bathe and that’s the stench that is blowin’ through. (Laughter) They don’t go, ‘Oh it’s Zakk Wylde.’ Or it’s ‘Icky Bulby,’ or whatever the heck my name is. They just go, ‘What is that f*ckin’ rancid stench? I’m gettin’ the f*ck outta here!’ (Laughter) It’s just all a facade, man, it’s all smoke and mirrors, I just smell like prison cunt so everyone just walks outta the way. And people go, ‘Man, look at the pure power!’ Behold the power of the ass! (Lots of laughing) Holy shit!
OT: (Laughing) Right on! Y’know, I know that you’re a big supporter of our troops and, in passing, I’ve found that there are some who are offended that there are recruiters on site at this year’s Ozzfest. What’s your take on their presence being there and also on those who feel it’s out of place.
Zakk: Well, put it this way, a bunch of my buddies ended up in the service, they were all older than me that at the time they were like, ‘Dude, I don’t know what I want to do with my life.’ The military, for a lot of those guys, it’s an awesome place to go. I’m just saying, war time’s war time, but I’m talkin’ like, recruitin’, ‘cause a lot of times you go into the service and a lot of people just think you’re goin’ in ‘cause you wanta go shoot people. But ya learn a trade, it’s like goin’ to college, you’re doin’ something that you wanta do. It’s better than sittin’ around on your Mom and Dad’s f*ckin’ couch ‘til you’re 38 years old, you know what I mean?
OT: Yeah absolutely. I guess the report was they felt that Ozzfest attendee’s would make good soldiers.
Zakk: I don’t believe that, but the bottom line is - if you don’t know what you wanta do with your life then the military’s a great thing. It’s just like, it’ll give you direction and focus, you know? If you don’t have any drive… ‘cause I was gonna have my nephew go into the military just ‘cause he’s sittin’ on the couch all day. I’m like, ‘Dude, what are you doin’?’ I mean ya can’t play video games all day, sumin’ wrong with it.’ I’m all, ‘Matt, unless you’re gonna be makin’ a couple hundred grand playin’ video game competitions, man, I go, ‘Dude, ya ain’t sittin’ on my couch eatin’ food all day, you and your buddies.’ ‘Ya need to get a f*ckin’ job or do sumthin’ with your life.’
Read the full article at OnTrackMagazine.
Black Label Society have posted the following message at their official website:
On October 4th, Spitfire Records will release a 30-song double disc Black Label Society compilation entitled Kings Of Damnation Era '98 - '04.
The Best of Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society is a look at the evolution of Zakk Wylde’s progression as a musician, beginning from his solo venture with Pride & Glory and Book Of Shadows, leading up to his final album for Spitfire, Hangover Music Volume VI.
Disc two features unique takes on a number of well-known songs, including Procol Harum’s 'Whiter Shade Of Pale', The Beatles’ 'Come Together', and Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold'.
The artwork can be seen here.
The updated tracklisting:
Losin' Your Mind
Horse Called War
Between Heaven And Hell
Sold My Soul
Bored To Tears (replaces "Spoke In The Wheel" live acoustic)
Bleed For Me
Stronger Than Death
Speedball (replaces "Bridge To Cross" live acoustic)
Demise of Sanity
We Live No More
Stillborn (original version replaces "slightly amped" version)
The Blessed Hellride (original version replaces "slightly amped" version)
Crazy Or High
House of Doom
Doomsday Inc. (unreleased)
No More Tears
Whiter Shade of Pale
Heart of Gold
In My Time of Dyin'
Counterfeit God (video)
Bleed For Me (video - from Boozed Broozed And Broken-Boned)
RockConfidential.com earlier today (August 25) conducted an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde. An excerpt from the chat follows:
RockConfidential.com: Ozzy announced on this tour that he'd be retiring from Ozzfest and only doing select shows in the future. What do you think about that?
Zakk Wylde: "I always told Ozz that the great thing is that he's the namesake of it. If you created the Superbowl and played in the first Superbowl, people are gonna show up to see other Superbowls. Just because the Green Bay Packers were in the first two, what nobody's gonna show up if their not in 'em all? It's still the Superbowl. I told Ozz he should take a year off. That's the beauty of it. Take a year off and let somebody else headline the thing, chill out and relax. If anybody deserves to take a weekend off it's definitely him! They say James Brown is the hardest working man in show business, but Ozzy never stops!"
RockConfidential.com: Is the whole thing with IRON MAIDEN overblown or is it for real? How did all the drama start?
Zakk Wylde: "This is fact and this is reality. It's not the guys in MAIDEN and their crew. They're a beautiful bunch of guys. Bruce Dickinson every night would be saying 'Ozzy sucks,' 'Ozzfest blows,' 'Corporate America sucks,' 'America sucks,' and all this other crap. He was bagging on America and bagging on Ozz. Ozzy's the godfather of my son. It wasn't like Bruce said those things one night. This happened every night on the 'fest. If you got signed by George Steinbrenner to play for the Yankees and every day you say, 'Steinbrenner sucks,' 'Yankee Stadium blows,' 'I can't stand playing for this team — it sucks ass,' then why are you playing for the Yankees? Shut your fuckin' pie hole. All he had to do was go up there, play for an hour, whoop some ass and go home. The only thing Ozzy's ever done was given MAIDEN a stage to come over and play to the biggest audience in the summer. Ozzy would give you the shirt off his back. He'd never do a bad thing to anybody. Sharon didn't like him talking about her husband like that and talking about Ozzfest like that. It's just not kosher. The bottom line is Bruce was being a wad! You act like a cunt, you get treated like a cunt! That's what happened. He's definitely not one of the guys. Everybody in their band and crew are cool. I love MAIDEN but he's talking about the godfather of my son, he's bagging America and all the troops are fighting overseas defending our way of life and freedom and fighting terrorism. This dickwad's taking American money and then he's gonna go home. At the same time he thinks he can badmouth America. It's not cool. He got pelted with a batch of eggs and they turned the power off on him! Go home!"
Read the full article at RockConfidential.com.
According to ZakkWylde.com, Black Label Society mainman and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has issued the following statement regarding the ongoing war of words between Iron Maiden and Sharon Osbourne:
"Although I'm a huge fan of the Iron Maiden band and their music, I have a problem with Bruce Dickinson talking shit about America and more personally, about the Godfather of my first born son."
I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.
While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...
Zakk Wylde has personally participated in a new book called "Van Halen 101," which is a comprehensive guide to the amazing history, music, impact & influence of Van Halen. No hype, no bs, just the facts. The book includes a Foreword by Brian May and a tribute to Edward Van Halen by over 100 of the world''s greatest musicians, from Allan Holdsworth and Steve Vai to James Hetfield and Zakk Wylde, all the greats came forward to personally share their thoughts, memories and stories about the man simply known as "King Edward."
For more on the book, check out www.authorhouse.com.
Syracuse-based hard rock quintet Brand New Sin have just secured the direct support slot on the upcoming Black Label Society tour, which kicks off in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Oct. 14. This five-week, major market trek will coincide with the release of their new video for upcoming single “Days Are Numbered,” shot by acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed).
Brand New Sin, who recently headlined the Syracruise bike rally (“Central New York’s largest annual motorcycle event”) in their hometown, are no strangers to Black Label Society, who are currently playing to thousands of fans each night on the main stage of Ozzfest. The group played nine shows with Zakk Wylde’s band of SDMF’s three years ago in support of their self-titled debut, including an infamous Detroit gig at which Black Label Society filmed its first live DVD - a show at which the crowd depleted the venue’s entire beer supply.
“We’re happy to be going back out with Black Label,” says Brand New Sin front man Joe Altier. “The last time around, we were out for only two weeks. Our bands fit perfectly together, and this is a great chance for us to take it around the entire country.”
Brand New Sin is currently headlining the Revolver magazine-sponsored Summer of Rock tour alongside Dog Faced Gods and Supagroup in support of Recipe For Disaster, their critically acclaimed new album. The tour will be followed by a short trek with Life of Agony, who are currently headlining the Gigantour second stage. Meanwhile, their video for lead Recipe single “Black And Blue,” also shot by Resteghini, is currently in heavy rotation on Metal Asylum and Headbangers Ball; it has also been posted online at this location.
Upcoming Brand New Sin tour dates: More...
Black Label Society will be hitting The Plex in Charleston, South Carolina on October 18 as part of their post-Ozzfest Mafia tour. Other dates that have been announced:
Oct. 14 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
Oct. 15 Pompano Beach, FL - Club Cinema
Oct. 16 Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
Oct. 18 Charleston, SC - The Plex
Oct. 19 Winston Salem, NC - Millennium Center
Oct. 21 Washington, DC - Nation
Oct. 22 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Oct. 23 Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Oct. 25 Boston, MA - Avalon
Oct. 26 New York, NY - Nokia Theater, Times Square
Oct. 28 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Oct. 29 Hamption Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Oct. 30 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Oct. 31 Springfield, MA - The Hippodrome
Nov. 02 Toledo, OH - Bijou Theatre
Nov. 04 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Nov. 05 Cincinnatti, OH - Bogart's
Nov. 05 Milwaukee, WI - The Eagle's Club (The Rave)
Nov. 08 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Nov. 09 Detroit, MI - State Theater
Nov. 11 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Nov. 12 Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
Nov. 13 Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
Nov. 17 San Diego, CA - The House Of Blues
Nov. 19 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
After a long 3-hour drive, mostly due to traffic, I arrived with my girl friend and good friend at PNC Arts Center. Tailgating with some people from Metal Faction Radio in the main parking lot we clearly heard the second stage acts performances.
Black Label Society has posted all three videos from the "Mafia" album on the official BLS website: "In This River," "Suicide Messiah" and "Fire It Up." Check them out at
Ozzfest organizers have been forced to cancel the Tuesday, August 16 show in Salt Lake City due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts. The show will not be rescheduled and refunds are available at point of purchase.