|Birth name||Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt|
January 14, 1967 |
Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, sludge metal, groove metal, southern rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, actor, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards, harmonica, bass|
|Labels||Geffen, Spitfire, InsideOut Music, Artemis, Roadrunner, Epic, Sony|
|Associated acts||Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride & Glory, Steel Dragon, Britny Fox, Zakk Sabbath (Black Sabbath tribute band)|
|Zakk Wylde Les Paul,
Zakk Wylde Gibson Flying V,
Zakk Wylde Epiphone ZV,
GMW custom V
Around my house, I won't even speak to my family unless they first address me by my official Berzerker name, Godred Crovan, Victor of Sky-Hill and Ruler of Man and the Isles. And now that I think of it, that's probably why nobody speaks to me unless it's time to feed the dogs or take out the garbage.
If you bleed Black Label and you're going to be a man, you gotta get up there and do what you gotta do every day, relentless and as tired as you can be.
Any guy that's not working with the same amount of intensity and passion that I do, I don't want to know.
If I'm playing with Ozzy it's just a guitar thing. But with the vocals I feel like I'm studying for the SATs.
Without a doubt, even when I play with Black Label, when we have different guys I play with, everyone always brings their own magic, their own flavor to the soup, hands down.
Another Black Label motto. That's what I think life is. It's just another bridge to cross. You ask no questions. Whatever work it is you gotta do, you gotta go over it, under it, through it, around it, to do it.
You listen to Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio in it, and it's not Black Sabbath. They should have just called it 'Heaven and Hell' right from the beginning. Because you listen to that 'Heaven and Hell' album, that doesn't sound anything close to Black Sabbath.
I love the whole process for each new album. The writing, the touring, everything. For me, it never gets old.
Chris Jericho is a great guy. He's beyond hysterical. He's good people. They're really good. Chris wanted me to throw down a solo. He sent it to me and I knocked it out.
We were sitting on the bus one day and there were 5 of us hanging out. There was only one beer left in the cooler and we actually all took a little cup and split it. It was a pathetic day in a rock and roll when five grown men have to be sitting there sharing a beer.
There's only one Sabbath guitarist and he is the architect for everything, Tony Iommi.
Had an awesome time. You tell me to show up and all I have to do is drink beer, play guitar all day and I can lift weights and you're going to pay me for this!
All my writing, I always do it in the studio, 'cause everything sounds good. The piano's there, the keyboards; if you want to put strings on something… And everything sounds good when it's in the cans; it sounds killer.
You had better love the music… because sometimes the music doesn't love you.
You have to pay attention, like with tours and expenses; you have to factor that all in. You want to play music for the rest of your life, you have to pay attention to all the things. You want to know what's always going on.
Great musicians, you don't just hear them, you feel them. When I listen to Randy Rhoads, I feel every note. I learned a lot from him.
For me, the music dictates the melody. Give me a riff to sing over, you know?
I'm just worried that there's enough beer on the bus. That's the top priority at all times.
I feel sorry for these kids in bands. Everything is so disposable nowadays. These kids don't even get 15 minutes of fame, it's like a minute and a half.
I had throat surgery. We had to check that out and make sure it wasn't cancerous. I had a polyp on my vocal cord, so I had that taken out.
I'm excited to join my brother-in-law Ken Thomson every Tuesday night on SiriusXM to recap all of the awesome NFL action, and to find out what in the Wylde world of sports is going on.
Back when I was jamming with Axl and the guys they had boxes of cassettes with song ideas. How do you know which ones you like now when you have that many ideas.
That's why for Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society the colors are black and white. There are no gray issues. Life is black and it's white. There's no in-between.
For Black Label Special Opps, adversity is what you thrive on. General Patton is a huge fan favorite in Black Label.
One day my wife went and saw the accountant and said she's pulling the plug. She said you guys are done. I said, how bad can it be? 10 grand? She said you're not even close. It came out to almost $50,000 in alcohol for two months.
You've got certain guys that just want to be famous and then you've got the real musicians that just love playing music.
I don't think it's ever changed, whether its Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Zeppelin, Guns n' Roses or anyone today, the reason why you get into music is because you love it, and if you're good at it, that's a plus.
If I sit down with an electric guitar, what's going to come out are Sabbath/Zeppelin type riffs, but if I'm sitting behind a piano late at night, I might write something like 'Desperado.' You're not going to write 'Desperado' between a wall of Marshalls and thumping, crushing volume.
With Nine Inch Nails, it's all Trent Reznor. So when we get a new record from Nine Inch Nails, it depends on what side of the bed Trent's waking up on and what he's been eating lately and what he's been into. Because he's preparing the whole meal.
It's pure Black Label. It's about violence and booze. That's all it is. There is no plan.
As much as I love heavy riffs, I like The Eagles, Neil Young, Elton John, Crowded House.