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Black Label Society

Formed: 1998
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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Black Label Society To Release Acoustic Album

Black Label Society, the group fronted by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that the band will be releasing an acoustic album entitled, "The Song Remains Not The Same" through EOne Music on May 3rd. You can check out the album cover below.

The album features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society’s latest album, Order Of The Black, as well as additional material recorded during the "Order Of The Black" sessions and features the following track listing:

Overlord (Unplugged version)
Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
Juniors Eyes
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Can't Find My Way Home
Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
The First Noel More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

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Black Label Society To Headline Uranium Tour

The first annual Uranium tour has been announced to kick off on May 4th and headlining the trek will be Black Label Society, the band featuring former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and now including former Type O Negative drummer, Johnny Kelly. Also scheduled to appear are All That Remains, Hail The Villain and Rev Theory, who will be replacing All That Remains in June.

"Mistress Juliya of Uranium, like House of Blues, has always tried to identify amazing, soul crushing talent," said Kelly Kapp, vice president, House of Blues Talent. "With Black Label Society headlining Uranium Tour 2011 and All That Remains, Hail the Villain coming along for the ride we are confident House of Blues, Mistress Juliya and Right Arm Entertainment have put together a package that cannot be missed. We hope that Uranium Tour 2011 is the first of many tours to come and becomes synonymous with astonishing, bewildering breakthrough and established metal Artists that come together for a great live tour."

"We are so excited to be partnering up with House of Blues and Mistress Juliya of Fuse to bring the great rock name of Uranium back. To have Black Label Society, All That Remains and guests on board is a perfect way to relaunch Uranium," said Gary Spivack, Co-President of Right Arm Entertainment. "We can't wait for this tour to start!"

Juliya Chernetsky said, "You wanted it? You got it! It is my absolute honor to announce the return of my beloved metal brand Uranium in the form of a badass tour! In typical Uranium fashion, we bring you BLS, All That Remains, and Hail the Villain. Need I say more?"

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliners)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Endless Dark
Arkona More...

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Black Label Society Reveals New Drummer

Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly has joined the band for the remainder of the Black Label Society European tour. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Today's Paris BLS gig is going to look slightly different. Drummer Will Hunt is no longer with Black Label Society, and replacing him is Johnny Kelly, best known for his work with Type O Negative. This move is set for the remainder of the Europe 2011 tour and additional information will be announced soon!"

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Zakk Wylde Teams Up With William Shatner

It seems the previously announced news of a commercial collaboration between Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber is not the most bizzare duo of the day, as William Shatner, the actor known his roles as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series and the title character in T.J. Hooker, has announced via his Twitter that he is working with Black Label Society mainman Zakk Wylde on his new album. Although it has not been confirmed, it seems as though the two will be covering the Black Sabbath classic, "Iron Man." William Shatner's Twitter posts read as follows:

"Just watched tracks being laid down by Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society for my upcoming record Seeking Major Tom [sic].

"Zakk is one of the great guitarists who played with Ozzy Osbourne. A master playing a cover of 'Iron Man'. He's fantastic! I'm energized." More...

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Zakk Wylde To Make Appearance On "Californication"

Zakk Wylde makes a guest appearance on "Californication" this Sunday, January 16th. Tune in to SHOWTIME at 9:00PM, ET/PT to witness Wylde make his premium cable acting debut. "Californication" stars David Duchovny in his Golden Globe®-winning role as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody who struggles to raise his teenage daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone). Zakk Wylde is no stranger to acting, having appeared in the 2001 film, "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg, and more recently in the independent film, "Bones."

After a well-documented time of trials and tribulations, 2010 was a good year for Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society. Early in the year, Wylde received the "Best Guitarist" Award at the Revolver 2010 Golden God Awards Presented By Epiphone. In August, the first new Black Label Society album in four years was released. "Order of the Black" (Entertainment One Music) debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, while Wylde graced the covers of both Revolver and Guitar World.

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The Infinite Staircase Announces Unplugged Show

The Infinite Staircase ha issued the following announcement about performing an upcoming unplugged show:

"Who asked Santa for The Infinite Staircase to play an old-school acoustic house gig again? Well, you both got your wish...And it just got even better! In addition to an entire night of The Infinite Staircase Unplugged - Special Guest John JD Deservio of Black Label Society & Cycle of Pain will join them on stage for what's sure to be a jaw-dropper of a good time! Consider it a Mini-Reunion of sorts from the Black Label Bash 2009 TOUR!

"On Thursday, December 16th, 2010, beginning at 9:00 P.M. at Uncle Bourbon's (The Old Dock Street Bar & Grill located at 691 Bay St. - Staten Island, New York 10304) catch Jeff & Lenny Cerzosie as they play all the easy listening classics that inspired them to be the musicians they've longed to be. Such lullabies as 'Suicide Note PT I' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' as well as Lounge Classics like 'Rocketqueen' & 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' are sure to be rediscovered on this night of rediscovery, but that's not all! Original TIS music - new and old will be metamorphosed into polka acoustic versions that are sure to bring a tear and a jolly.

"But, seriously...be there…because it's free and you can help a good cause. The Infinite Staircase, in coordination with Uncle Bourbon’s, have started their own ‘Toys For Tots’ program where between now and December 23rd, anyone who brings an unwrapped toy to Uncle Bourbon’s (located at 691 Bay Street – Staten Island, New York 10304) will receive a coupon redeemable for 10% off their entire order starting in January 2011. On Christmas Eve, all donations will be brought to Staten Island Hospital and given to kids spending the holidays there."

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

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Black Label Society Announces U.K. Tour Dates

American heavy metal outfit Black Label Society, led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom in February in support of their latest studio album, "Order Of The Black."

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Black Label Society To Tour With Children Of Bodom

Black Label Society will be embarking on the "Black Label Berzerkus" tour with Children of Bodom, Clutch, and 2 Cents. The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/7 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
10/10 Providence, RI @ Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
10/19 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/6 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
11/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

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Cycle Of Pain Not Opening For Black Label Society

New Jersey's Cycle of Pain has issued the following update about canceling the band's previously scheduled live show with Black Label Society:

"Unfortunately, do to circumstances completely out of our control, Cycle Of Pain will not be able to open the show August 10th with Black Label Society at the Roxy in W. Hollywood. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this is causing any of the fans that were looking forward to seeing COP in the Los Angeles area.

"Please stay tuned as I'm sure we will get Cycle Of Pain to LA in the near future. Thank you for all of your continued support for Cycle Of Pain, not only in the Los Angeles area, but everywhere else. The guys were really looking forward to doing this show and absolutely HATE canceling, but will not be able to make it. Once again the guys are very sorry & will make it up to the devoted fans in the area one day soon."

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Black Label Society Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Black Label Society have released the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album titled "Order of the Black." "Order of the Black" has been set for release on August 10th, 2010 through E1 Music.

"Order Of The Black" track listing:
1. Crazy Horse
2. Overlord
3. Parade Of The Dead
4. Darkest Days
5. Black Sunday
6. Southern Dissolution
7. Time Waits For No One
8. Godspeed Hell Bound
9. War Of Heaven
10. Shallow Grave
11. Chupacabra
12. Riders Of The Damned
13. January

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Black Label Society Holds Benefit Concert

Black Label Society will perform a special show to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California on August 10. All of the proceeds will go directly to St. Jude's Hospital. Also appearing on the bill is Cycle of Pain, the band led by Black Label Society bassist John "J.D." DeServio.

Another new Black Label Society track, "Crazy Horse", has been made available for purchase via iTunes. Also available on iTunes is the previously released cut "Parade Of The Dead." Both songs come off the band's new album, "Order Of The Black", which will be released in North America on August 10 via E1 Music. The CD will be made available in Europe through Roadrunner Records and in Australia and New Zealand via Riot! Entertainment.

Following the trend of Slayer's "World Painted Blood," "Order Of The Black" will feature four different CD covers — one for each territory: North America, Europe, Australia and South America/Asia.

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Tom Fischer Wins Golden God Award In London

Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior,) the founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, and most recently Triptykon, was honoured in London this week when he received the prestigious Golden God award for inspiration. The award was presented to him at the Indigo2/O2 Arena by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. When accepting the award, Fischer stated:

"In my opinion, however, I don't deserve this award. It should instead go to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Angel Witch, and Venom, artists who have inspired me and without whom I would not be here tonight."

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BLS And COB To Tour North America

Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, will be headlining a North American tour this September, during which they will be joined by Finnish heavy metal favourites Children Of Bodom and American veterans Clutch. Tickets for the tour will go on sale on June 25th.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Black Label Society Reveals New Album Title

Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Order Of The Black." The record will be released on August 10th through E1 Music in North America with an August 9th release in Australia and Europe. Wylde commented:

"The Doom Crew and I have been holed up in the Black Label Society Bunker for the last few months laying down some of the heaviest, sexiest tracks imaginable. We can’t wait for Berserkers worldwide to hear the symphonic masterpiece that is the new BLS record!"

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Ozzy, Rob Halford And Nikki Sixx Discuss Ozzfest

Heavy metal legends Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford appeared on Sixx Sense last Friday night to discuss the recently announced Ozzfest festival, which will take place in six cities across the United States this August. You can watch a video of the appearance below.

Ozzfest will feature Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Rob Halford, Devildriver and Nonpoint on the main stage, with Black Label Society, Drowning Pool, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm performing on the second stage.

The tour dates for Ozzfest are as follows:

August 14 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
August 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amp.
August 19 - Pittsburg, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
August 21 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
August 22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna
August 24 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center More...

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BLS Announces New Album Release Date

Black Label Society has announced that they will be releasing their new, as-yet untitled studio album on August 10th worldwide. The album will be distributed in North America by E1 Music, in Europe through Roadrunner and in Australia via Riot! Entertainment. A recent message from the band reads as follows:

"If Ozzfest isn't coming to your US city or country outside US..hang tight BLS will be continuing on with a Worldwide tour beginning with Ozzfest and continuing through the end of 2011!"

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