Ozzy Osbourne Says His New Album Will Feature Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, And Eric Clapton

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed more of the special guests that will appear on his upcoming album. Among them will be his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi, his guitarist Zakk Wylde, who previously said he wasn’t going to appear on the effort, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton.

Osbourne said the following during a recent episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard:

“On this new album, I’m working with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi and Zakk [Wylde].”

He continued when asked what it’s like collaborating with other artists:

“You just write the song and you just ask them to sing [or play] what you [give them]. The good thing is it’s interesting to work with somebody else. But the bad thing is if it don’t work, you can’t [just let it go] ’cause they’ll get all pissed off”

He also added the following when asked if a guest ever turned in something that he didn’t like:

“No. Eric Clapton, on this new record, one of the lyrics was about Jesus, and he wasn’t sure about that. But it was all right in the end… [The solo he did] is very good.”

This news comes after producer Andrew Watt previously said that the record will also feature contributions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde Partners With Death Wish Coffee For “Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend”

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) has partnered with Death Wish Coffee to create his own coffee called “Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend.” You can purchase some for yourself at deathwishcoffee.com. Here’s a description of the beverage:

“Meet the Valhalla Java Odinforce blend—coffee made to power the world’s most powerful guitarist, Zakk Wylde. Worthy of the gods, these beans were forged from the volcanic soils of Indonesia and nutrient-rich soils of Central and South America. Crafted for boldness and maximum flavor, this blend is strong enough to wake the dead and chariot them gloriously through the gates of Valhalla.”

Black Label Society Have Recorded “About 30 Songs” For Their Next Album

During an interview with Detroit’s 101 WRIF, Zakk Wylde offered an update on the new Black Label Society album. He said that the band have recorded “about 30 songs” for the effort and that “it’ll probably come out in November.

Wylde said the following:

“We’re just working on the new record — new BLACK LABEL flavored country donuts for the next album. During the COVID, obviously, [we worked on] the [recently released] ‘None More Black’ box set, and then we also tracked about 30 songs. So we’ve got that. We’re just putting the finishing touches on some stuff right now. We’re gonna be mastering that in a little bit. So it’ll probably come out in November.”

He also added the following about touring plans:

“I guess we’re doing [the] Sturgis [motorcycle rally] with BLACK LABEL. That’s in August. And then in all of October and November, we’re gonna be going around the States. And then we’re doing a BLACK LABEL Christmas-new Year’s Eve, and we end up with the Arizona chapter. That’s what’s on the agenda for now. Hopefully everybody has the shot and then we can all have everything back to normal again, and we can start doing tours again.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Zakk Wylde Not Involved With Ozzy Osbourne’s New Album

Zakk Wylde did not appear on Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album “Ordinary Man” and now it looks like he will not be appearing on the follow-up either. The guitarist recently confirmed the news during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk.”

Wylde said the following:

“I always support the boss. My relationship with him’s bigger than the music. If Barb [Zakk’s wife Barbaranne] just said, ‘Zakk, [Ozzy] and Sharon are gonna go out and have dinner with friends or whatever.’ If he said, ‘Zakk, can you do me a favor? Come over here and feed the dogs. I’m gonna be gone for three days.’ [I would say] ‘Yeah, whatever you want. And I’ll bring some milk and eggs on the way over as well.’ Yeah, that’s my relationship with him. We’re still talking and everything like that — texting each other. It’s all good.”

He went on to say that he will be ready to return to the road when possible:

“If Ozz calls me up and he’s, like, ‘Zakk, we’ll jam on Tuesday. We’ve got rehearsals on Tuesday,’ I’d go down there, and then we’d go over the tunes. And then off we go.”

Wylde also offered his thoughts on “Ordinary Man”:

“It came out cool. I saw the videos and everything like that. It’s cool, man. And Andrew [Watt] and everything like that — yeah, it was rocking.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rex Brown Says Zakk Wylde Wouldn’t Be Inviolved In Hypothetical Pantera Tribute Tour

During a recent interview with Eonmusic, Rex Brown commented on the possibility of a Pantera tribute tour. Notably, he said if it did happen, it would be without Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), who is often recommended as a fill-in for the late Dimebag Darrell.

Brown said the following when asked how big Pantera would have been if they were able to tour now:

“It would be sold-out stadium shows. Offers still come in for Philip [Anselmo] and I to do it if we wanted to, but if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same. If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

He also added the following when the interviewer mentioned Wylde:

“It’s going to come up, and it wouldn’t be Zakk Wylde, I guarantee you that. I’ve just put it out there so we can get on past it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Veil Brides, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members Involved In New Animated “Dark Nights: Death Metal” Short Film

The first episode of DC Comics‘ “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series has been shared online. The short film is based on the comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo and it features a score by Tyler Bates (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”, “John Wick”). A number of rock/metal musicians are also involved including Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), who contributed percussion, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.), who contributed guitar fx, Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), who voiced Batman, and Chelsea Wolfe, who voiced Wonder Woman. Carach Angren‘s “Skull With A Forked Tongue” can also be heard during the credits.

In related news, Loma Vista Recordings will also be releasing the “Dark Nights: Death Metal The Original Soundtrack” in 2021. A teaser of Rise Against‘s “Broken Dreams, Inc.” from the effort can be found below. The full track is expected to be released on Wednesday (September 16). Bates said the following about the soundtrack:

“In ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal‘, Loma Vista Recordings and I saw an opportunity to bring artists together to create a diverse soundtrack that is inspired directly by this incredible comic series. Our intent is not to literally create a death metal soundtrack, but instead, to illuminate the darkest corners of each character’s psyche from an authentic perspective that is thematically inherent in death metal music.

But a soundtrack is merely a collection of songs unless it is holistically intertwined with the story teller’s original work. With the support of DC and Loma Vista Recordings, and with the help of several artists, I’m creating a short-form animatic film series derived from Greg Capullo‘s original artwork for ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal‘.

I’ve invited artists on the soundtrack, and pop-culture personalities alike, to voice the characters illustrated in Scott and Greg‘s masterful take on classic DC characters. This has possibly never been more relevant to real life than the challenging time the world is currently experiencing.”

Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath added:

“Personally, being involved with this soundtrack is really fantastic, Growing up, my little brother and I would ride our bikes to the newsstand near our house and spend all our money on the latest comic books, and Batman was a favorite.

Also, Zach, our guitarist, is probably the biggest comic book geek in our band. He’s talked about how, along with his brother and father, they were all big DC fans – Batman, Robin, Superman, Aquaman, all the comic book series, the TV shows, and feature films. So, yes, we’re all very excited about being part of this.”

Watch Queen’s Brian May Perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” With Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, & Tosin Abasi

During AXS TV’s “At Home And Social With Nuno Bettencourt & Friends” special, Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tosin Abasi, were joined by Queen’s Brian May for a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Footage of that has since surfaced online and can be seen below. The aforementioned special aired on August 3 and it benefited the Music Forward Foundation’s Crew Nation initiative.

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Black Label Society To Work On New Album This Spring

During a recent interview with Billboard, Zakk Wylde revealed that Black Label Society are planning to work on a new album this spring. He said the following:

“I’m going to do some writing, I guess, in April, and [in] May and June, we’ll [record] and have that one ready to roll. I don’t demo or stockpile shit. Never have. I’m not like Prince, where he’s recording stuff all the time. I just like to come up with a riff or an idea and be like, ‘Why don’t we track that one today?’ It’s like the beginning of a new season. It’s always fun.”

Rex Brown On Hypothetical Pantera Tribute Tour

It looks like Rex Brown is open to doing a Pantera tribute tour with frontman Phil Anselmo and guest guitarist Zakk Wylde. The bassist said “I’m in!!” while responding to a Loudwire story in which Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of the late Dimebag Darrell, said that she would be okay with a hypothetical tour.

Haney said the following:

“As far as trying to put Pantera back together? No, that’s distasteful without those other guys. But I think as a tribute, it would be a really great thing because I know, from a fan’s point, if I hadn’t been able to see them play or hear those songs – I can imagine other people as well, I think it’s great that they could at least see it performed, and by people that truly love ’em. So, yeah, I think it would be a really cool thing.”

Brown responded:

“I wanna make sure that ppl understand what I’m about to tweet.. It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip & I say…I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”