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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
http://whatisaggressive.com/... was released in early September 2006.

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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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Alice Cooper, Slash And More Remember Jani Lane

Following the recent announcement of the death of former Warrant singer, Jani Lane, a number of his peers have posted messages of condolence online. Some of the tributes read as follows:

Slash: "Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man."

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue): "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."

Bret Michaels (Poison: “We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”

Alice Cooper: "Our thoughts go out to our fallen brother Jani Lane, his family, his friends and his fans."

Professional wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho stated: "Sad to hear about the passing of Jani Lane. Jani was a good guy and one of the best songwriters in the late 80s Dog Eat Dog-very underrated.”

Steven Adler: "I'm so sad that I lost another dear friend to this horrible disease. I've known Jani for over 30 years and he had a heart of gold. Luv u bro."

James Michael (Sixx: A.M.): "R.I.P. JANI LANE."

Nick Catanese (Black Label Society): "Wow RIP Jani Lane"

Wednesday 13: Just heard, so sad...former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dead At 47, R.I.P.

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed): "Sad news about Jani Lane. 47 is too young to go."

Jani Lane was found dead yesterday in a hotel in California. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Two

Being awoken by drunks at a festival is to be expected, being awoken by rain, was not. The second day of the Graspop Metal Meeting was considerably more dreary than the first when it came to weather, but just like the first day, there was still a fantastic lineup of metal to look forward to.

After deciding to stick around in the campsites for a little while, we headed into the main area to be greeted by the frustrating news that tonight's headliner, Ozzy Osbourne, has cancelled his performance due to laryngitis. Instead, second from top Judas Priest would be taking over the headlining position with an extended two hour set and Belgian metal veterans Channel Zero would be stepping in to fill the empty slot, bumping Whitesnake up the bill in the process.

Although we missed the first couple of bands on saturday, we arrived with plenty of time to catch the second band on the main stage, Italian gothic rockers Lacuna Coil. The band performed a solid set with material which focused mostly on their last three albums, "Comalies," "Karmacode" and "Shallow Life" and were on fine form. Although singer Cristina Scabbia receives much of the attention lavished on the band, her singing partner Andrea Ferro also deserves a huge amount of recognition, as both singers voices sounded absolutely perfect. The fans were clearly enjoying it too, otherwise they wouldn't have stayed throughout the entire set in the miserable weather, not just bearing the climate, but singing along and raising their hands too. Scabbia carried herself on stage with a real ballsy attitude, the kind that shows just how well women really can fit into rock and metal music, and was able to coax the crowd into singing as loud as they could for the Depeche Mode cover, "Enjoy The Silence." I must say there were a few songs I was hoping it would be included in the set that weren't, most notably, "Swamped," but nevertheless, they were still a captivating live spectacle and disappointed no-one.

It would then be a while before I was to catch another set in full, having only caught a few songs from Kylesa in one of the Marquees to avoid the rain and watching the first song from Greek power metal outfit Firewind before deciding it was time to eat. In any case, we made sure we were in Marquee 1 with plenty of time to spare to catch Triptykon, one of the main reasons I wanted to return to Graspop. Following their chilling, "Crucifixus" intro, the band broke into the Celtic Frost classic, "Procreation Of The Wicked." The song went down a storm but in all honesty, took some time to recognise as it has become a much slower and more doom metal laden affair than what is heard on the "Morbid Tales" album. It was truely a thrill to see Tom G. Warrior back on stage, displaying the dark intensity that has made him such a popular figure in metal music for almost three decades. He wasn't the only notable member of the band too, as Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura was able to perform with total accuracy and bassist Vanja Slajh showed everyone that she has a mesmerising stage presence too. After "Procreation..." the band busted out one of their own tracks in the form of "Eparistera Daimones" opener, "Goetia," before heading back into more familiar territory with another Celtic Frost song, this time "Circle Of The Tyrants." Warrior thanked the fans afterwards, displaying the utmost sincerity and grattitude for the warm welcome the audience had given Triptykon, before launching into another Frost staple, "Babylon Fell." Only four songs into the set and it was time for the last, in this case, Triptykon's album closer, "The Prolonging." It takes some balls to perform a twenty minute song at a festival and it takes alot of musicianship and charisma to keep the crowd interested, which is exactly what they did. "The Prolonging" is clearly a song the group are very proud of, as performing it meant that they had to cut out other brilliant songs both of their own and the Frost catalogue. Having seen Celtic Frost before, I can say that seeing Triptykon is as close as one can get but with the added bonus of their own, outstanding material. I eagerly await seeing them again. More...

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Judas Priest Announces North American Tour

British heavy metal gods Judas Priest have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America this October as part of their farewell trek, dubbed the "Epitaph" tour. Joining them on the run of dates will be Irish hard rock legends Thin Lizzy and American heavy metal outfit Black Label Society. A second leg is expected to be announced later in the year.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
October 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheater
October 15 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 16 - Dallas, TX - Allen Event Center
October 18 - Tuscon, AZ - Ava Ampitheater
October 19 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
October 21 - Phoenix, AZ - AZ State Fair
October 22 - San Bernadino, CA - San Miguel Ampitheater
October 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
October 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
October 26 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
October 29 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
October 30 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 1 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
November 2 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
November 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
November 5 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
November 12 - Chicago, IL - The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
November 13 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
November 18 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center

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Hatebreed Frontman Posts New Solo Track Online

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta has posted his debut solo single online for streaming. The new track, titled "The Fearless Must Endure" is available for streaming in the player provided below. The song features a guest appearance from Zakk Wylde and a video for it was recently shot with director Dale Resteghini. Jasta's debut self-titled solo album will see a July 26, 2011 release through eOne Music.

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Zakk Wylde Speaks On American Idol Appearance

Black Label Society frontman and former Ozzy Osbourne sidekick Zakk Wylde has explained why he appeared on a recent episode of the hit reality show, American Idol. Speaking to USA Today, Wylde claims it was professional wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho who set up his appearance, stating:

"Father Jericho called me up," says the Black Label Society founder. "He's on Dancing With the Stars, so we've been busting his balls about that." According to Wylde, James asked Jericho to make the call on his behalf.

"It was that easy," Wylde says. "I was, like, yeah, no problem. Then the American Idol people gave me the song to learn. Sammy Hagar, no problem. I bought it from iTunes: off and running."

You can check out videos of the performance here or here while they last, or search for more here.

Read the full article at USA Today.

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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.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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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?"

The tour dates are as follows: 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.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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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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