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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."

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1. ;) writes:

ZAKK'S HOT!!!

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 9:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

zakk did a great fkn job, the singer destroyed it......

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 9:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RTB writes:

just doesnt sit right with me for some reason...

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. zMETALlica writes:

i saw it on youtube, quite disturbing... they are "mainstreaming" metal... like where it should not be, i mean i'd love for metal to be mainstream, but it just shows how 'mainstream' some of this stuff already is, but in the BAD way. i'd rather see a talented musician on the stage such of the likes of jeff loomis, tim roth, Misha Mansoor etc.

either way i find every 'metal' song the singer does is something you'd hear on any classic ROCK radio station.

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Crushem writes:

Nice to see they finally got someone on that circus of a show with some f#ckin real talent.

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Valentine_no_more writes:

Kicking Idol's @$$ !!!!

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

Just seen on boobtube...

zakk was great...the singer? not so much...pretty terrible actually

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 1:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. wilco writes:

did think it was not bad
but do think the whole show a freaking lameass show

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 3:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Nunya writes:

and the results are in........and..........ZAKK WYLDE IS YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 8:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

Zakk did a great job, I don't have a problem with this. The show f***ing sucks, but anytime one of our guys can bridge the mainstream and mix it up is great. If it got a couple of people to check metal out more, totally worth it.

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 10:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. thedude writes:

that singer is awful, i mean sammy hagar isn't a great singer but that kid is horrible. zakk gets my vote for next american idol, we can vote for him thats why he's on the show right?

# Apr 16, 2011 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. OlafBerzerker writes:

watched a minute and 8 seconds then passed gas. The whole thing came together quite well. This brief viewing also reminded me again why i dont listen to zw

# Apr 16, 2011 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. b.bristowe writes:

I'm sorry, but any nay sayers need to realize that Heavy Metal is known by far more the just the underground,

# Apr 17, 2011 @ 2:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. WOLF7 writes:

I just don't understand why someone like Zakk Wylde would have anything to do with these horrible "talent slaughter" shows.

Must be desperate getting all the attention he can after Ozzy fired him. Hmm, Maybe crazy old Oz had a point in firing Zakk after all.

# Apr 17, 2011 @ 3:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Trendkill91 writes:

I would have thought this was a late April Fools joke if I never seen it on TV while channel surfing.

Zakk did a good job on guitar and stayed pretty quiet when the host asked him questions.
The singer ain't all bad, just on a sh!t show with singers that release a couple of hits then die off into doing small pub shows. not too impressive tho.

# Apr 17, 2011 @ 11:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. demelco45 writes:

zakk is a metal icon and deserves a statue of himself mounting wolf7

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. WOLF7 writes:

^ lol. Not bad...

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 4:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Blindgreed1 writes:

*snickers* yeah the kid has potential Wolf. \m/\m/

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. WOLF7 writes:

It's there, BG1, no question.

I just hope the kid doesn't suffer from "board fright"; A non-member (as usual), one line, all lower-case... Looks like he posted it in a hurry.
If he took his time without wetting his pants and put some thought in it, we really might have something here ;)

# Apr 23, 2011 @ 4:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. DEMELCO45 writes:

THANX. I THINK.

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 5:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Demelco45 writes:

Yeah I was a little scared.

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 5:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. DeMelco45 writes:

I just get p***ed when Zakk gets a little negativety.

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 5:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. WOLF7 writes:

Okays.

You choosing the right font size/style there?
"DeMelco45" looks best to me. My opinion.

Btw, you can post more than one line at a time here. Just press "enter" instead of "Post My Comment".

If you come across any other problems, let me know. Glad to help!

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Nunya writes:

i remember my first comment when i was i non-member... i told this racist skinhead to stick it up his a$$

# Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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