Jane Stevenson from the QMI Agency
spoke with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) about the band's new studio album, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican (the name of his studio) and his run of Canadian club shows coming off 2013’s live stripped-down double CD, Unblackened.
Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
QMI Agency: What can you tell fans about Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, your first BLS studio album since 2009’s The Order Of The Black?
Wylde: "The songs are all based off riffs. It’s just like ZEPPELIN and SABBATH. Everything’s based off of riffs. And obviously we have the acoustic songs in there, the mellow stuff, because as much as I love listening to 'Black Dog', I love listening to 'Going To California' too. It’s a new batch of brew for our Black Label family. It’s not like, ‘Oh, we made a jazz fusion album’... Like I always tell everyone, ‘What’s the difference between this one and the last one?’ Well, basically it has a different title and we have different song titles.’ Other than that, it’s pretty much the same."
QMI Agency: Obviously Sabbath has been back with a new album, tour and a recent Grammy win. Did you catch their live show last year?
Wylde: "We saw them. It was phenomenal. Ozzy sounded great. The band sounded awesome. I’m just superhappy for them all way round. Them winning the Grammy, it just signified, obviously, they won for the new album (2013’s 13) or whatever, but to me it just signified them winning for their complete body of work. I just think it’s kind of silly, Sabbath won this year for the 13 album and Zeppelin won for Celebration Day (the live recording from their December 2007 reunion show at London’s O2). But I’m like going, ‘They’ve never won a Grammy in the height of their power.’"
QMI Agency: What did you learn from your time with Ozzy?
Wylde: "All my years with Ozzy were amazing. That’s where I grew up and that’s my home. And it will always be part of who I am and I’m proud of that and I should be. Like I always said with Oz, ‘Nobody in the band around here is going to die of a drug overdose or a bizarre gardening accident. It’s going to be a brain aneurysm from constant laughing.’"
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Zakk Wylde 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