Playing guitar seriously since the age of 14, New Jersey native and now rock guitar legend, Zakk Wylde’s world changed when he learned that Ozzy Osbourne was auditioning lead guitarists and a rock photographer passed on his press kit to the godfather of metal himself. He got the audition, but didn’t think he’d get the job. Then, the impossible happened. He got a call from Sharon Osbourne letting him know otherwise.
Zakk made his debut at the age of 20 on 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked and hit the road with Ozzy in 1989. Still officially with Ozzy, in 1992 Zakk formed his first side project, Lynard Skynhead, which in 1994 was re-named Pride & Glory. They toured heavily, hooking up with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, and Whitesnake.
In 1998, Zakk was hired to tour with Ozzy Osbourne again, reuniting the legendary No More Tears line-up of Zakk, Mike Inez and Randy Castillo. After an abrupt dismissal of the band after the tour, Zakk formed Black Label Society. Their first album Sonic Brew was released in 1998. Black Label Society has gone on to release a barrage of albums on a yearly basis since.
"With Monster, I lose no signal. Because of that, my tone is slamming! Absolutely nothing gets lost from the amp to the pedal to the guitar. "
- Zakk Wylde