Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society have a new album and tour coming up early this year. The album is going to be released on March 8, 2005, with the tour starting soon thereafter. They hit the House of Blues in Chicago on March 24, 2005.
Boy this would be a great show to see, however I think we’ve spent our concert money for the first quarter budget on the Steve Vai Concert in April.
From what I have read thus far about the new album, the music is heavier than the last album, Hangover Music Volume VI, which was kind of a departure for the band, with a lot of acoustic work. The new album is said to be more in the vein of albums prior to Hangover Music.
I’ve been a Zakk fan since his first album with Ozzy. While I always liked Ozzy, I never really liked the albums with Jake E. Lee on them. These two albums, Bark at the Moon and Ultimate Sin, were weak compared to the first two albums with Randy Rhoads. While there were songs that I liked on each of them, the albums as a whole I never really liked.
Zakk brought a whole new sound to Ozzys band and got me back into Ozzy again. Black Label Society is a great band and features Zakk on both guitar and vocals. The guitar is heavy, and he actually has a great voice.
If you want to see Zakk live, he has a live DVD called Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society – Boozed Broozed & Broken-Boned that he recorded in Detroit, and he also appears on the Ozzy Osbourne – Live at Budokan DVD, both available on Amazon.