Black Label Society Postpone New Orleans, LA Show

Black Label Society have postponed tonight’s (May 15) show at the Fillmore in New Orleans, LA. This news comes after the band previously postponed several other shows due to Zakk Wylde suffering from “throat & vocal issues.” The Fillmore issued the following statement:

“Tonight’s show with Black Label Society is postponed. More information coming soon on the new date. All tickets will still be valid for the new date.”

Black Label Society Postpone More Shows Due To Zakk Wylde’s “Throat & Vocal Issues”

Black Label Society have postponed more shows due to Zakk Wylde’s “throat & vocal issues.” The band are hoping to return to the stage in New Orleans, LA on May 15.

The group commented:

“Due to continuing throat & vocal issues, Zakk Wylde will take a few extra days off before he’s able to perform healthy and without risk.”

Here’s the rescheduled dates:

05/23 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
08/30 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09/02 Fayetteville, AR – JJ’s Live
09/03 Tyler, TX – Country River Club

The following shows are expected to proceed as planned:

With Jared James Nichols:

05/15 New Orleans, LA – Fillmore (feat. Nita Strauss)
05/17 Birmingham, AL – Iron City (feat. Nita Strauss)
05/18 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
05/19 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
05/20 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues (feat. Black Stone Cherry)
05/21 Inwood, WV – Shiley Acres (feat. Black Stone Cherry)

With Anthrax and Hatebreed:

07/26 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
07/28 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
07/29 Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
07/30 Sacramento, CA – Heart Health Park
08/01 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
08/02 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
08/04 Gary, IN – Hard Rock Live North Indiana
08/05 Oshkosh, WI – Oshkosh Arena
08/06 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
08/08 Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom (no Hatebreed)
08/09 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
08/11 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
08/12 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
08/13 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
08/15 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
08/16 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
08/18 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
08/19 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
08/20 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (no Hatebreed)
08/22 Pittsburgh, PA – StageAE Outside
08/23 Toronto, ON – History
08/24 Trois-Rivieres, QC – Amphitheatre Cogeco
08/26 Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island Amphitheater
08/28 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (no Hatebreed)

Derek Sherinian Recruits Michael Schenker, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, Etc. For New Album “Vortex”

Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Sons of Apollo) will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Vortex,” on July 1. The keyboardist recorded the effort with drummer Simon Phillips, bassist Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin, and numerous guest guitarists including: Michael Schenker, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, etc.

“Vortex” Track Listing:

01. “The Vortex” (feat. Steve Stevens)
02. “Fire Horse” (feat. Nuno Bettencourt)
03. “Scorpion”
04. “Seven Seas” (feat. Steve Stevens)
05. “Key Lime Blues” (feat. Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather)
06. “Die Kobra” (feat. Michael Schenker, Zakk Wylde)
07. “Nomad’s Land” (feat. Mike Stern)
08. “Aurora Australis” (feat. Bumblefoot)

Sherinian commented:

“I am very happy to announce the release my new album ‘Vortex’. Simon and I always try and out do ourselves with every release, and I am confident we achieved our goal.

He also added the following about the guest guitarists:

“The choice of guitarist works itself out in the writing. Also, like in the case of Steve Stevens, we co-wrote the song together, so it was natural for him to play on it.”

“I have always been a fan of [Bettencourt’s] playing, and I am glad that we finally got to record together. He has the Van Halen swing and swagger to his playing that I love. We were both born in 1966, the Chinese year of the Fire Horse.”

“Michael Schenker has been one of my heroes for many years. He asked me to play on his ‘Immortal’ album, and in return, he agreed to play on ‘Die Kobra’. I wanted to write a great song inspired by my favorite Schenker tracks. Zakk Wylde added some great additional parts to the song, and Tony Franklin and Simon Phillips sound great, as usual.”

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) & Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) To Guest On New Ozzy Osbourne Album

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) are set to appear on Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming album. They join previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Miley Cyrus), and the late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

Smith said the following about the record during an appearance on Chris Jericho‘s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast:

“We made another [Ozzy album], and it’s getting mastered tomorrow. We’ve got Robert Trujillo playing on some songs, who’s been in Ozzy‘s band. Duff‘s on a couple again. Me and Andrew are doing it.

Tony Iommi and Ozzy have never collaborated outside of Black Sabbath. Tony sent us a bunch of riffs and we took what we thought was the best of ’em, which was fucking great. So Andy‘s on the bass doing fucking great — the bass on the song is amazing. And Tony sent us the riffs — files; he’s in England — and we played to it. It’s fucking got everything. It’s got all the stuff that you would want. Ozzy loves it. And so he’s on that track.

Then Eric Clapton plays a fucking wah-wah Cream-type solo. We’re, like, ‘Eric, can you solo on this song? Wah-wah, please. Eric, what do you think about this, with the wah-wah?’ Because that’s his fucking thing. And so he’s soloing all over this other track.

Then Jeff Beck is on two songs. We tried to get Jimmy Page, we tried to get the holy trinity, but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately. But Mike McCready‘s on a track. Josh Homme, my neighbor from Queens, solos on a track. And then Zakk Wylde is on the record as well, all over it. So it’s like if you’re a guitar player, [it’s] pretty fucking good.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) To Launch New Podcast “The Wylde Goose Show”

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) has teamed up with John “JD” DeServio (aka Goose) for a new podcast called “The Wylde Goose Show.” The first episode of the weekly series will debut on February 1 through the GaS Digital Network, before expanding to other platforms.

Wylde commented:

“This is a podcast with no nutritional value. It’s just the two of us shooting the shit and waxing poetically about nothing. We want to create an environment that makes listeners feel that they’re hanging with us backstage before a gig or on the tour bus on the way to the show. Goose and I love going off on whatever, and this is a great platform to share what it’s like to just hang with us and our friends.”

GaS Digital Network co-founder Ralph Sutton added:

“Zakk has been a friend for years and a regular guest on ‘The SDR Show’, a podcast I host with comedian Big Jay Oakerson. GaS has seen such tremendous growth and adding Zakk and JD is such a boon for the network and a perfect fit to our aesthetic.”

Slash, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc. To Guest On New Leslie West Tribute Album

Mascot Label Group will be releasing a new Leslie West tribute album, titled “Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West,” on March 25. The guest-filled record will feature members of Guns N’ Roses, Black Label Society, Twisted Sister, The Doors, and more.

“Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West” Track Listing:

01. “Blood Of The Sun” (feat. Zakk Wylde)
02. “Nantucket Sleighride” (To Owen Coffin) (feat. Joe Lynn Turner & Marty Friedman)
03. “Theme For An Imaginary Western” (feat. Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, Rudy Sarzo, & Mike Portnoy)
04. “For Yasgur’s Farm” (feat. Joe Lynn Turner & Martin Barre)
05. “Why Dontcha” (feat. Steve Morse & Ronnie Romero)
06. “Sittin’ On A Rainbow” (feat. Elliot Easton & Ronnie Romero)
07. “Never In My Life” (feat. Dee Snider & George Lynch)
08. “The Doctor” (feat. Robby Krieger & Ronnie Romero)
09. “Silver Paper” (feat. Charlie Starr)
10. “Money (Whatcha Gonna Do)/By The River” (medley) (feat. Bachman & Bachman)
11. “Long Red” (feat. Yngwie Malmsteen & Teddy Rondinelli)
12. “Mississippi Queen” (feat. Slash & Marc LaBelle)

West’s widow, Jenni, commented:

“Nobody in this world has ever made me feel loved as much as Leslie, and I feel so honored and grateful that I could give him this gift. He would often say, ‘If it doesn’t make my balls rumble, it’s not right.’ And I think there’s some balls-rumbling tones on this record. When you’re listening to it, you might even think it’s Leslie playing — and that’s a good thing. He really believed that adage of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Even when some of the players do their own twists on the music, they’re still doing it in a way that’s authentic and respectful, and Leslie would have appreciated that.”

The effort’s first single, a cover of Mountain’s “Blood Of The Sun” featuring Zakk Wylde, can be found below:

Zakk Wylde Reportedly Contributed To Every Song Ozzy Osbourne’s New Album

It looks like guitarist Zakk Wylde will now be featured on all of the songs on Ozzy Osbourne’s new album. The frontman’s social media manager confirmed the news while responding to a question from the “Diary Of The Madmen – The Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Podcast“:

“Yes Zakk plays on the entire new record. He was home from tour this time unlike when I did Ordinary Man.”

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]