Zakk mentions Jim and the WWF about half way down.

Questions & Answers
by Rachel Butera 
Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society 



Almost four decades have passed since the classic metal 
band Black Sabbath gave birth to its children Iron Maiden, 
Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Dio. These groups continue 
today to give inspiration to young artists who engange in 
this timeless musical genre. Coming in at the cutoff date 
in terms of generations is the frenetic-fingered guitarist 
Zakk Wylde. This one-time Ozzy Osbourne guitarist had a hand
in laying the groundwork for groups like Slayer, Sepultura 
and later Pantera.

Free like the motherfu*#ing Wylde man that he is (This guy 
makes Ted Nugent sound tame.) Wylde formed Black Label 
Society two years ago so he could make the kind of 
thrashing metal music he enjoyed and play it on his own 
terms. It turns out the bandís newest release, Stronger 
Than Death (Spitfire) is more powerful than the reaper 
himself.

Death, morbid love and of course, drinking are themes 
that surround this album of mayhem.

The Wylde man talked with Liner Notes about beer, beer 
and, oh yeah, BEER. 

Liner Notes: What is Stronger Than Death, music, beer
or you? 

Zakk Wylde: Itís just the lifestyle. Stronger Than Death
is this whole idea, or it could be my ass after a gallon
of beer or a bad taco (laughs). It means donít take any 
shit and when you get knocked down, you have to get right 
back up again. 

LN: This is your second album playing with Black Label 
Society. What do you get out of this group of musicians, 
playing this kind of music, thatís different from your 
projects before? 

ZW: Pride And Glory was pretty much a three-piece jam band. 
There was a lot of improv going on, all acoustic stuff. 
With Black Label Iím having a great time. I mean I still 
have the lighter stuff like ďRust,Ē but Iím happy doing 
what Iím doing right now. 

LN: Pride And Glory was such a success. Why did it live 
such a short life? 

ZW: Oh, we ran out of beer funds. (laughs) 

LN: This new record lyrically explores a variety of themes, 
from troubled youth to growing old to death. Do you have a 
lot of what is troubling the world on your mind? 

ZW: Well, no, not at all (laughs). I leave that up to Kurt 
Cobain. He put a bullet through his f**king head. With 
myself itís about f**king aggression instead of depression. 
I write about friends, stuff that I read, stuff I see going
on and things that have happened. Basically, if I am going 
to write lyrics, they have to be reality based. I canít 
write this candy-ass shit about stuff that doesnít mean 
anything to me. 

LN: Rex from Pantera told us that his bandís writing 
technique consists of getting together, cracking open a 
bottle of whiskey and seeing what comes out. Given your 
love of alcohol, is your approach at all similar? 

ZW: For me it has to start with the riff and then Iíll 
come up with a vocal line. Finally, when I come up with 
something I want to start singing about, Iíll just do it. 

LN: Do you really drink as much beer as you let on? 

ZW: Yeah, definitely. Why not? I donít get f**king drunk
 though. 

LN: You are going to be joining Ozzfest soon. Are you 
looking forward to playing with your old friend Ozzy Osbourne? 

ZW: Yeah, without a doubt. 

LN: Any plans to actually work together again? 

ZW: I saw Ozzy about six months ago. We were talking about 
possibly doing something. Weíll see what happens. 

LN: Your playing with Black Label rocks a lot harder than 
your more melodic days with Ozzy. Are there any other 
directions you see yourself taking your music in the future? 

ZW: Well, it definitely will not be Backstreet Boys music (laughs). 

LN: You have also tried your hand at acting. Can you tell 
me about the experience? 

ZW: Oh yeah. I had a great time. I worked with Mark Wahlberg 
and Jennifer Aniston. It was a actually a hysterical 
experience. We were on the set for about six months or so, 
so I had a great time doing it. 

LN: Was it a challenge writing the soundtrack for the film? 

ZW: Actually we had pre-existing material already so we 
recorded them. I ended up writing a song called ďCrown 
Of Falsehood,Ē but basically it sounded like a Black 
Label tune. 

LN: On your web site there are a bunch of pictures of you 
and the guys in the WWF. What is your affiliation, or are 
you just a fan? 

ZW: The security guard there, Jim Dotson, takes care of 
the Undertaker, The Rock, Stone Cold and everybody like that. 
Jim found out we were doing the music for them and told us 
that we were welcome to come down anytime. 

LN: What part of Jersey are you from? 

ZW: I was born in Jersey City, but I grew up down in Jackson
about 40 minutes from the shore. 

LN: Jersey is a place where metal, particularly the type 
that was popular in the Ď80s, is still alive and well. Do 
you have the chance to come back here much? 

ZW: Yeah, I go back to see my dad now and then and my momís 
grave. I usually drink a couple of beers and I see some old
friends when I get back there. Basically, if I want to see 
my whole high-school graduating class, they can be found in
the Brooklyn Bar. 

LN: In your early days you played the Stone Pony. Have you 
seen it since they refurbished it? 

ZW: No, I havenít seen it. I remember it being old and it 
gave it a little bit of character being that way. 

LN: Iím sorry to hear about your guitars being stolen.You 
recently had two guitars stolen while on tour ó the original 
was your trademark Bullís Eye guitar that your mother 
gave you. Any luck finding them? 

ZW: We did get one of them back but the original one is 
still on the road somewhere between Houston and Dallas. 

LN: If by chance you do not get it back, what will fans 
be seeing you play instead? 

ZW: Gibson is making a Les Paul so I have been playing that 
one a lot. I have that one, the Rebel and some other ones. 
Basically, just Les Pauls. 

LN: Your CD collection is on fire. Which one do you save? 

ZW: It would have to be some of those Backstreet Boys 
records because Iíll need beer coasters in my next 
house (laughs).