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Brand name guitar heroes were common currency during the 1970s and ‘80s but, today, Zakk Wylde stands as one of the last six-string wizards who can boast the name recognition to stand on his own, instead of several feet behind their band’s singer — though he’s been known to do that, too for portions of his career. Born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt, on January 14, 1967, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the future Zakk first picked up a guitar at the age of eight, and played with several local bands before being plucked out of obscurity to fill the big shoes of Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee (among others) as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist. Their first collaboration, 1988’s ‘No Rest for the Wicked,’ performed well enough and confirmed Wylde to be more than worthy of the gig, but it was their second, ‘No More Tears’ (1992), that categorically cemented the partnership, as it was one of Osbourne’s most commercially and critically acclaimed efforts. But when Osbourne announced his intention to retire in 1994, Wylde turned his attention to southern metal power trio, Pride & Glory and even auditioned for Guns n’ Roses, before returning to the Ozz Man for his 1995 ‘comeback,’ ‘Ozzmosis’ album and tour, then recording his only solo album in 1996’s ‘Book of Shadows.’ Wylde wouldn’t tour with Ozzy again for over a decade, but he continued performing on his studio albums and, in 1999, launched his next group, Black Label Society, which has remained his primary musical vehicle ever since, churning out nine studio albums by 2015. And, to cap it all off, Wylde has made more guest appearances on fellow rockers’ albums than one can count, and has also dabbled in acting, both on television (‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ ‘Californication’) and the silver screen as the lead guitarist of fictional metal band Steel Dragon, Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Rock Star.’

Selected Discography: ‘No More Tears’ (1992), ‘Pride & Glory’ (1994), ‘Book of Shadows’ (1996), ‘Order of the Black’ (2010) Related Artists: Ozzy Osbourne, Pride & Glory, Black Label Society, Guns n’ Roses, Pantera Further Reading: Zakk Wylde on Pantera Reunion: ‘I’m Just a Phone Call Away’ Read More: Zakk Wylde News

Zakk Wylde to Release ‘Book of Shadows II’ in 2016

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To coincide with the 20th anniversary of Book of Shadows, it's been revealed that Zakk Wylde will release Book of Shadows Volume II sometime next year.

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Zakk Wylde Talks 10th Anniversary of ‘Mafia,’ Dimebag Darrell, ShipRocked + More

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It’s always an amazing experience to see Black Label Society in action, and our ears are still ringing from both of the band's performances on this year’s ShipRocked Cruise.

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Black Label Society to Get ‘Unblackened’ on 2015 U.S. Tour

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Black Label Society will perform a string of 'Unblackened' dates in April.

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ShipRocked 2015: Chevelle, Zakk Wylde, Wilson and Sevendust Rock Super Bowl Party

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Hundreds of rock and metal fans boarded ShipRocked's Norwegian Pearl to catch this year’s Super Bowl.

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Zakk Wylde Wins Guitarist of the Year in the 4th Annual Loudwire Music Awards

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Congrats to Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde, winner of the 2014 Guitarist of the Year in the 4th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

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Zakk Wylde Talks ‘Wylde Audio’ Company, Offers Super Bowl Prediction

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Zakk Wylde opened up about his new 'Wylde Audio' company and gave Loudwire a Super Bowl prediction.

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Zakk Wylde Launches Audio Gear Line, Talks Relationship with Ozzy Osbourne

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See some of Zakk Wylde's new audio gear line and read what he has to say about his relationship with Ozzy Osbourne.

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Was Careful Not to Cross Zakk Wylde + Other Bandmates

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Metallica's Robert Trujillo reveals in a new interview his key for dealing with bandmates and says he was careful not to cross Zakk Wylde and others.

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Zakk Wylde on Potential Pantera ‘Reunion’: ‘I’m Just a Phone Call Away’

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Zakk Wylde is aware of the rumors of a Pantera 'reunion' and says while it's up to the original members, he's just a phone call away.

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Zakk Wylde and Company Perform Set as ‘Zakk Sabbath’

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Zakk Wylde teamed up with Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist Blasko and The Cult drummer John Tempesta for a special show at the Roxy Theater over the weekend.

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