ZAKK WYLDE Clarifies Statements That BLACK SABBATH-Era Dio Is Not Really Black Sabbath

January 18, 2014, 3 years ago

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) has clarified his statements that have been floating around where he said that BLACK SABBATH-era Dio is not really Black Sabbath in an Artisan News interview in support of Wylde's new Black Label Society album, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, due out in April.

Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, will be released in Europe on April 7th via Mascot Label Group. The album will be released in North America on April 8th via eOne Music.

Catacombs Of The Black Vatican is Black Label Society’s first new studio album since 2009’s The Order Of The Black, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Check out an album trailer below:

Since their late 90s inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist for over 20 years, in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling No More Tears, for which Wylde wrote all the music.

Next month Zakk Wylde will embark upon a 13-city solo tour across Canada, featuring intimate versions of some of Black Label Society's most popular songs, as well as tunes from Wylde's best-selling solo album Book Of Shadows, and Southern rock band PRIDE & GLORY.

"This is a special thank you to the Canadian fans for making 'Ain't No Sunshine' top 20 - Top 20 people!" said Wylde. "I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you're so embraced - is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you've played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar."

Tour dates:


13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
14 - Duncan, BC - Cowichan Theatre
15 - Kelowna, BC - Level
17 - Edmonton, AB - The Ranch
18 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
19 - Medicine Hat, AB - The Esplanade Arts Centre
21 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
22 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theater
23 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Theatre
24 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
26 - London, ON - London Music Hall
27 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
28 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre

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