Zakk Wylde is the living embodiment of heavy metal, shred guitar and self-deprecating humor...and he takes all three very seriously.
As Wylde and his band Black Label Society prepare for the January 19 release of their new tenth album, Grimmest Hits, the guitarist dropped by Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke to discuss all the ways he keeps himself busy nowadays.
Besides Black Label Society, Wylde's main project is as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, a role he's back in after about 8 years away. How did that come about?
"The reason we're on this tour...Oz was like, 'Hey Zakk, listen. This Conor McGregor fight with Mayweather. Everything you've made with me since the first album...take it all, the house, the money, everything, put it all on McGregor to win the fight...I'm doing the same thing,'" Wylde joked (we hope).
"You saw the results of the fight; we're both living in a van—one van—down by the river."
As for the new BLS album, Wylde says, no, it's not a compilation; it's a new album with all new songs on it.
"People ask me, 'Grimmest Hits, is this a greatest hits record?' I go, no, in order for it to be a greatest hits record, you've got to have hits. We don't have any of those."
He says the writing process was the same as usual.
"I had like three weeks to make the record, so it's just like, 'All right, I've got three weeks. It's got to get done," he says of Grimmest Hits.
Watch the video above for the full interview as well as Wylde's solo acoustic version of "The Day That Heaven Went Away."
Here's the hilarious music video for Black Label Society's "Room of Nightmares" from the new album: