Could Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne Be Releasing New Music Together?
By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
This is the first tour that Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne have played together since 2006. Zakk first joined Ozzy's band 30 years ago in 1987, and last recorded together on Ozzy's 2007 album, 'Black Rain'. Since then, Ozzy has reunited with his band Balck Sabbath for a farewell tour and Zakk has performed extensively with his own projects.
Zakk didn't always plan on becoming a guitar player, and he remembers the first time he was moved by the power of music.
"In 1975 I saw Elton John perform 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' on The Cher Show, and I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I ever saw." recalls Zakk.
It wasn't until a chance meeting with his football coach's son that really changed his thoughts on becoming a professional musician.
"Leroy comes out, and it was the first time I saw a dude with long hair and he looked like a rock star. He starts shredding on the guitar and was playing [Jimi] Hendrix, [Led] Zepplin and then he played [Ozzy Osbourne's] 'Crazy Train because it had just come out." Zakk goes on to say, "Just watching somebody physically doing it in front of you, I was like 'This is the coolest thing on the planet'. Right there I was like 'That is what I want to do with my life'.
Zakk worked hard and eventually auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today they are still regarded as "one of the most lethal singers and guitarist pairings in all of rock and roll".