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Zakk Wylde

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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.’

 
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Zakk Wylde Talks Relationship With Ozzy Osbourne, Says Axl Rose Is Best Choice to Front AC/DC

Zakk Wylde has stated he's a phone call away if Ozzy needs him and that Axl Rose is the best choice to front AC/DC.

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Charity Auction: Zakk Wylde’s Autographed ‘Hello Kitty’ Guitar

We’re auctioning off the autographed ’Hello Kitty’ guitar that Zakk Wylde played in our viral videos!

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‘Beard Banter’ With Zakk Wylde + Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg

We wrangled up two of metal’s manliest men to talk the finer points of facial hair!

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eOne Music

Zakk Wylde Talks ‘Book of Shadows II,’ Wylde Audio + Black Sabbath’s Final Tour

In this exclusive interview, we speak with Zakk about the new solo record, his gear company Wylde Audio and Black Sabbath’s final tour.

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Zakk Wylde, ‘Book of Shadows II’ – Album Review

Check out our review of Zakk Wylde's new solo album, 'Book of Shadows II.'

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Zakk Wylde: Ozzy Osbourne + the Giant Lipsticked Man – Epic Rock Tales

In this animated recollection, Zakk Wylde shares a tale about Ozzy Osbourne and a giant lipsticked man.

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YouTube: ZakkWyldeVEVO

Zakk Wylde Releases Dreary ‘Sleeping Dogs’ Video

Zakk Wylde has released the music video for 'Sleeping Dogs,' which sees clips flash between the icon strumming his acoustic guitar and a voodoo ritual.

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Zakk Wylde Jams New Song ‘Autumn Changes’ on Hello Kitty Mini-Guitar

Zakk Wylde picks up his Hello Kitty guitar to jam the new song, 'Autumn Changes' off his upcoming solo album, Book of Shadows II.

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Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Zakk Wylde: Adele Is Beyond Mind-Blowingly Talented

Zakk Wylde may be metal’s favorite mix between a scary biker and The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones,' but in the end, he’s all heart.

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Zakk Wylde Jams Black Sabbath on a Hello Kitty Mini-Guitar

Zakk Wylde picked up a Hello Kitty mini-guitar to jam a Black Sabbath classic with help from an Ozzy Osbourne-ized Hello Kitty mascot.

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