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 will be hitting the road this spring. Here are all of their upcoming dates:
January 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
March 10 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 11 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues - Anaheim
March 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
March 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
March 16 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
March 18 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
March 19 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
March 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
March 23 – Milwaukee, WY @ The Eagles Club II
March 24 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - Chicago
March 25 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
March 26 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos Concert Theatre
March 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
March 29 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
March 31 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
April 1 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
April 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 3 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
April 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 11 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 14 - Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
May 15 - Osaka, JPN @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
May 17 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Club Quattro
May 18 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Club Quattro
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY upcoming album Mafia (cover art) is due out on March 8th.
Accept, Black Label Society and Yngwie Malmsteen are the latest confirmations for the Gods of Metal festival, a two-day event scheduled to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. Also set to perform at the festival are Iron Maiden (June 11) and Motley Crue (June 12). More confirmations will be announced soon.
A snippet of some new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, 'Suicide Messiah', which will appear on "Mafia", the bands Artemis Records debut, on March 8th is now available online. It can be listened to here.
Artemis Records has announced the signing of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, featuring legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde, to an exclusive worldwide licensing, multi-album contract. An album of all-new material, "Mafia", is slated for a March 8, 2005 release. Artemis Chairman/CEO Danny Goldberg commented, "Zakk Wylde is one of the greatest guitar players of all time and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is poised to become one of the world's biggest rock bands".
A regular on the covers of such esteemed magazines as Guitar World, Guitar One and Guitar Player, in 1987 at the tender age of 19, an unknown Zakk Wylde was hand-picked by OZZY OSBOURNE to be his lead guitarist. In addition to his responsibilities as Ozzy's main axe slinger, Wylde was responsible for co-writing many of Osbourne's best-selling multi-platinum albums, including "No Rest for the Wicked", "No More Tears" and "Ozzmosis". The current issue of Guitar One (Holiday 2004) again features Wylde on the cover. Guitar World has recently described Wylde's skills as "skull-crushing electric prowess."
Wylde's musical mastery has spawned numerous instrument product endorsements. His signature products include four custom Gibson guitars, a custom Epiphone guitar, a limited run Marshall amplifier (which sold out in one day), EMG pick-Ups, GHS strings and Dunlop pedals. Wylde can be seen prominently featured on the current MTV series "Battle For Ozzfest".
In 1998, Wylde formed his own band, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, while still maintaining his role as Osbourne's lead guitarist. In BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, Wylde serves as sole songwriter, lead vocalist and of course, lead guitar player. To date, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has released six albums and has sold in excess of one million units worldwide.
Fozzy, the band featuring vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) and members of Stuck Mojo, will release their third album, "All That Remains," in Europe on January 18, 2005 via SPV Records.
"All That Remains" was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Charlie Mars, Ingram Hill) and features guest performances by guitar legends Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), and Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alterbridge). Gold-record-selling rap artist Bone Crusher also makes a special guest appearance on the record.
"All That Remains" is the follow-up to 2002's "Happenstance," which was released through Megaforce Records.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
According to the official BLACK LABEL SOCIETY website, the final stop on the Ozzfest 2004 tour in West Palm Beach, Florida (Sept. 4th) has been canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Frances.
The announcement means that tonight’s show (September 2nd) at the Tampa Bay Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida will be the final date on the Ozzfest 2004 tour.
An official press release regarding the cancellation is expected soon.
Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling heavy metal festival when it hit Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday (August 28). An excerpt from his review follows:
Black Label Society, featuring Ozzy axman Zakk Wylde, roared through a set of squealing metal with guitars all up to 12. It was full-out, no frills and a little undistinguished compared to what was to come. Wylde, a rugged character, did impart some wisdom from his WWII-vet father: 'You can fly planes into our buildings, but when you [mess] with the best, you're gonna die with the rest.'
Phil Anselmo takes the award for the most hostile performer of the day — and perhaps the year. He didn't seem to understand why the corrosive hardcore of his band, Superjoint Ritual, didn't inspire the overheated crowd to maintain a constant mosh pit.
The tattooed and mohawked Anselmo took to insults (or at least his idea of them): "If you're standing with your arms folded, you are a homosexual!" He also ratcheted up the military rhetoric: "This is the United States of America, and we can hate whoever we want! So, let's start busting heads!"
Ultimately, the angry but amusing kook went off the stage, slamming down the mike and saying, "You're the worst audience I ever played in front of."
Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath took the stage intoning, 'We have been spelllllbound! By the devilllll!' The Norwegian band held down the costumed freak slot on the main stage, bounding out in white facepaint, swinging hair and spiked leather pants. They had a cool take on gothic metal with monster vocals and funereal keyboards over the grinding guitars. Twenty minutes into the set they unleashed the vocals of bassist Simen Hestnaes, who had a high, pure voice to offset Shagrath's demonic growl.
Read the full article at post-gazette.com.
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...
4Q Radio have thrown up a brand new show. The station, which will be on tour following Out for Blood later this Summer, is working with Coventry's Devilgrind Promotions in the hunt for a European act to open up for Century Media's Stampin' Ground at the Jailhouse on July 27th.
The show that is available for listening at www.4qradio.com is as follows:
Black Label Society
Out for Blood
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
More JUDAS PRIEST OffFest dates have been announced. Here's a summary of shows with confirmed openers:
17 - Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds, Cadott WI (Rock Fest)
26 - Idaho Center, Nampa ID (with Slayer and Hatebreed)
30 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento CA (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
4 - Don Haskins Center, El Paso TX (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
8 - Woodlands Pavilion, Woodlands TX (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
18 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto ON (with Slayer)
29 - Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT (with Lacuna Coil)
Ozzfest 2004 made its way through Wantagh, New York this past Wednesday, July 14 where such bands as Judas Priest, Slayer, Black Label Society and Dimmu Borgir performed at the Jones Beach Amphitheater. Check out the pictures here.
A detailed review of the concert is available at MTV here.
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Some setlist info is starting to filter in from bands at this years Ozzfest. Here they are so far:
Someone's Standing On My Chest
Right Side of The Bed
Lip Gloss and Black
Broken Promise More...
National Noise magazine is offering fans a chance to win an autographed Zakk Wylde Dunlop pedal. For more information, click here.
Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be featured on the Ozzfest main stage starting July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut and will continue for 26 shows. Joining BLS is the much-anticipated JUDAS PRIEST reunion, the original BLACK SABBATH, metal titans SLAYER, Norwegian black metal maniacs DIMMU BORGIR, and SUPERJOINT RITUAL (featuring Phil Anselmo of PANTERA).
You can preview Black Label Society's 'Hangover Music Vol. VI' at Spitfire Records now.
The press releass states: "Hangover Music Vol. VI is an album that will change all preconceptions about ZAKK WYLDE AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Hangover Music, Vol. VI is an 'emotionally fueled work of genius, mixed with brilliant piano concertos and guitar solo mastery that has become Zakk Wyldes signature.'"
The tracklisting for 'Hangover Music Vol. VI' is as follows: More...
Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society & iTunes have teamed up to offer fans an opportunity to download music from the “Slightly Amped Tour” recorded in 2002 at Westwire Studios in Allentown PA. This tuned downed acoustic, sometimes electric performance is a rarity. This offers Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society fans another side of the band seldom seen or heard.
The new Black Label Society album "Hangover Music Vol. VI" on Spitfire Records will be released on April 20th, 2004 . Hangover Music Vol. VI is an album that will change all preconceptions about Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society. Hangover Music, Vol. VI is an emotionally fueled work of genius, mixed with brilliant piano concertos and guitar solo mastery that has become Zakk Wylde’s signature.
Expect the first single "House Of Doom" to hit airwaves sometime soon.
The new Black Label Society album "Hangover Music Vol. VI" will be released on April 20th, 2004. Expect the first single "House Of Doom" to hit airwaves sometime soon. This album is more rock based than metal, unlike BLS' previous albums. Craig Nunenmacher once again handles the drum duties (although John Tempesta makes a guest appearance on track 14). Mike Inez, James Lomenzo, and J.D. all share bass duties on the album. Brian Tichy does not appear on the album like previously reported. The final tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...