Wylde was hired at the age of 20 after only one audition. He first appeared in No Rest for the Wicked in 1989 with Ozzy Osbourne. In addition to Black Label Society, Zakk has been part of a Southern style blues band "Pride & Glory" that released one self titled album before disbanding.
Wylde and his wife, Barbaranne, have 3 children and live outside of Los Angeles. He was a close friend of the deceased Dimebag Darrell since 1993, exchanging guitars in admiration for one another as fellow guitarists. Wylde had given Dimebag one of his custom Gibson guitars with the trademark "bulls-eye" design on it shortly before the guitarist's untimely death. Wylde dedicated the song "In This River" to Dimebag, citing that although the song wasn't originally written for him, the lyrics were fitting to the situation. He dedicates each live performance of the song to Dimebag.
Wylde has done numerous "guest" appearances on many albums, such as the début album for Damageplan as guest vocalist and guest lead guitar on tracks "Soul Bleed" and "Reborn", as well as Derek Sherinian's solo albums "Inertia", "Black Utopia", "Mythology" and "Blood of the Snake" alongside Yngwie Malmsteen, among others.
Wylde's film credits include Rock Star (As "Ghode", guitarist of the ficticious band Steel Dragon) and the concert DVD Boozed, Broozed, and Broken-Boned (Certified Platinum), recorded at Harpo's in Detroit, MI. It was the first time in the concert hall's history that all of the alcohol had been consumed on one night (Wylde's favorite beer is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). He has also done a comedy skit show alongside Jim Breuer, titled "Crapshoot", which is now available on DVD.
Zakk Wylde also appeared on the tv show Angel in the season 4 episode "Magic Bullet" where he plays acoustic on the song "Mandy" while Angel and Conner sing along.
Wylde has also appeared as a guest star on the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He is a New York Yankees and New York Giants fan. He also performed the National Anthem on the electric guitar during a Los Angeles Kings game in October 2005.
He is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to deliberately differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads - who was also frequently identified by his white Les Paul Custom. Interestingly, one of Wylde's favorite stage guitars of late is a replica of Rhoads' Flying V. The "bulls-eye" paint job was originally supposed to look like the spiral from the movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrect from the luthier, he liked the result and stuck with it.
Wylde's signature Les Pauls include a red flame-maple bulls-eye model, a black and antique-white bulls-eye model, an orange "buzz-saw" model, the pattern on which was inspired by a design on a Zippo lighter , and a "camo" bulls-eye model with mother of pearl neck inlays and a green camouflage paint scheme. His original bulls-eye Les Paul was purchased from one of the owners of Metaltronics Amplification. Metaltronics was building a one-off live rig for Wylde that was designed around one of the owner's guitars, a creamy white Les Paul Custom with EMG pickups, which would later become known as "The Grail". Zakk also has a Custom Dean Splittail With Mud Splatter Bulls-eye graphics, as well as a signature Splittail shaped Gibson model called the "ZV". Another Dean in his collection is a Dime series Razorback with custom Bulls-eye graphics ordered for him special by the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbot.
Live: Zakk exclusively uses Marshall JCM 800's (original 2203's w/ 6550's, not his sig. model)with twin 4 X 12 Cabinets loaded with EVM12L 300W Black Label Speakers.
His usual signal path consists of his guitar > Dunlop Wylde Wah > Dunlop Rotovibe > MXR Carbon Copy > MXR EVH Phase 90 > MXR Wylde Overdrive > MXR Black Label Chorus split signals one to each distorted amp. In certain songs Zakk uses either a Rocktron Banshee or Dunlop/MXR Talk Box, a Boss OC-2, and various misc. pedals, however these are only used in the studio and never used live.
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Zakk Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt; January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter, who is best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996.
Known for his unique guitar skills and style, Wylde has been voted "Most Valuable Player" for three consecutive years in the Guitar World magazine polls. In 2005, he was also voted "Best Metal Guitarist", "Number 1 Shredder" and received the Metal Hammer (UK magazine) "Riff Lord" and "Golden God" awards.
Zakk first picked up a gutiar at age 8. He began taking lessons but quit very quickly. He didn't touch a guitar again until he was 14. He started taking lessons from his football coach's son LeRoy Wright. After a few years of lessons he started his first band, Stone Henge, in 1984. With this band he used to play Black Sabbath and Ozzy songs at partys. By the time Zakk was 18 he was working at a supermarket, as a roofer, and playing in a number of different bands. The band he had the most success at this point was called Zyris.
Zakk became a well-known guitarist after becoming lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. He sent Ozzy a demo tape in 1987 and was hired to replace the departed Jake E. Lee. Jake replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads, an idol of Zakk's.