Zakk Wylde Talks Guitar World's "Rock & Roll Roast", Black Label Society, a Memory of Dimebag Darrell and More
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:50:56
Zakk Wylde's sense of humor as his gargantuan as the riffs he lays down in Black Label Society.
It has to be because he's about to get skewered by everyone from Sharon Osbourne to Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor at Guitar World's first-ever Rock & Roll Roast. The Roast will go down on Thursday January 19, 2012 at The Grove in Anaheim, California and a portion of all proceeds benefit the MusiCares charity. So, Zakk's getting his ass handed to him for a very good cause…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino, legendary six-string master Zakk Wylde talks Guitar World's Rock & Roll Roast, Black Label Society's Un-Blackened, and an unreleased solo Dimebag Darrell laid down for him.
When did Guitar World approach you with the idea of the Rock & Roll Roast?
I'm good buddies with all of the guys over at Guitar World, and I remember talking to Brad Tolinski [Editor-in-Chief] about it. I mentioned that I wanted to do a "Black Label Roast". I was watching the Dean Martin Roasts one day, and I thought, "I ought to start doing these 'Black Label Roasts' where we take the piss out of all of our friends." Dean Martin would have everybody on that thing, and they'd be getting destroyed [Laughs]. With cast of characters I know, I figured it'd be hysterical. Everybody knows everyone else too in rock. Brad came back to me and said they're going to do these Guitar World Rock & Roll Roasts, considering you were talking about doing those "Black Label Roasts" and it was your idea, you're the first one we're going to destroy! I said, "Awesome, sounds good!" That's how that came about. The more brutal it is, the funnier it is, dude.
What could they possibly roast you about?
Exactly, I'm a good catholic boy. I have no idea [Laughs]. After me, I could give you a list of guys off the top of my head who would be hilarious. This is going to be the first of these things.
What's your favorite roast?
All those Dean Martin roasts are awesome. They're frigging hysterical. I love those Comedy Central roasts. They're all slamming as well. The William Shatner roast was great. Obviously, the Pamela Anderson thing was nuts. This Charlie Sheen roast was funny as hell too. It's not only who they're roasting because they get everybody on the show anyways.
So what do these people have on you?
Obviously with Mom [Sharon Osbourne], Mrs. O doing the roasting, it's going to be hysterical. Then you've got Stone Cold Father Jericho, who will be awesome. Father Shatner is coming down for this as well. I can only imagine how ridiculously stupid this thing is going to be. That's what we want, man. Corey Taylor's awesome, and he'll come up with some ridiculously goofy ass shit to say.
Do you remember the first time you read Guitar World?
Of course! Being a kid, you'd just get excited about any cool guitar magazines. Guitar Player was the only mag in town forever. I love all of the guitar magazines out there because they've all got their own little twist and spin on everything. Anything that's promoting guitar is good. You can't go wrong. Guitar World was the first one to feature more of the rock stuff as opposed to just jazz and stuff like that. Guitar World is amazing.
How did it feel to be named one of Revolver's "100 Greatest Living Rock Stars"?
All of my buddies always said, "Zakk, just hang around long enough. What will happen is they'll have nobody left to vote for so you'll just win the championship by default. You'll back into the playoffs". [Laughs] Why did Black Label end up winning The Grammy? Because all of the other bands decided to quit; they broke up. Nobody's around [Laughs]. The other band that did win it is not here because they got food poisoning so we'll give the award to Black Label! Always look on the positive side...
What's next for Black Label Society?
We're working on the setlist right now and figuring out how we're going to do the Un-Blackened DVD. We'll do a string section, have pedal steel, piano, backgrounds, and fit everything together. We're still trying to figure out what songs we want to put in there. I'm looking at the records right now. Mind you, we don't have as bad of a problem as The Rolling Stones, but we're trying to figure out which songs we want to put in there.
No matter how much writing I've always done in the past, as soon as we get in there and round up the rest of the boys, we start jamming and getting inspired. Then, we start writing a ton of new stuff and the old material pales in comparison.
What do you remember most about your Guitar World cover shoot with Dimebag Darrell?
We were both in camo. All I remember is we got blasted. Whenever we hung out, it was always a drink-a-thon. We had a blast, and I missed my flight. It was right around Christmas time so I was in the doghouse for a little while after that [Laughs]. Good times!
Your studio collaborations with him always stood out.
I recorded on Dime's Damageplan record. I've still got a ballad I did lying around somewhere, and Dime threw a solo down on that thing. It was a while ago, and that's still floating around. I've got to dig it up and listen to it. We were hammered, and he was jamming on my Randy Rhoads pinstripe guitar. After we did it, Dime was like, "Let me know if the thing is horrendous. I'll do it again when I get home".
What's your favorite Zakk Wylde song?
Watch our exclusive interview with Zakk about Order of the Black here!