Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has long stood proud as the rock star’s rock star, a walking embodiment of Marshall stacks, black leather, and skull emblems responsible for my and many other guitarists’ overuse of squealing pinch harmonics. On March 6, 2013, Wylde is bringing his long-running hard rock quartet, Black Label Society, to Los Angeles’ Club Nokia for a stripped-down night of music drawn from Black Label Society’s nine-record oeuvre as well as from Wylde’s Book of Shadows solo record and his Southern rock band, Pride and Glory. The show will feature Wylde on guitar and piano, backed by his usual BLS compatriots — guitarist Nick Catanese, bassist John DeServio, and drummer Chad Szeliga — alongside a four-piece string section, a steel pedal guitarist, and “special guests.”
“This is something we haven’t done yet, and we wanted to give our fans something new,” said Wylde. “You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden, it’s something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.” The concert will be brodacast live by AXS TV, and a CD/DVD release, to be titled Unblackened, is planned for later this year. Tickets for the one-night-only performance are available now.
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