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This week Black Label Society’s second studio album turns 17!
For Black Label Society’s sophomore effort, Stronger Than Death, originally released in April of 2000, Zakk Wylde takes the band in a much heavier direction, developing the sound that everyone associates with BLS today. On this album Zakk shed the few remaining Southern rock elements that were heard on the previous Sonic Brew album (which were undoubtedly left over from his Pride & Glory days). The riffs were meaty and the solos were furious! Stronger Than Death provided a firm confirmation that Black Label Society would be sticking closely to the guitar-heavy game plan from here on out. Also at this time there was only one other full-fledged member of the band, drummer Phil “Philth” Ondich, Zakk performed all vocals, guitars, bass and piano. And as a side note the overall imagery of the band that we know and love today, the very distinctive BLS skull logo (was taken from drummer Phil Ondichs original illustrations)
“Counterfeit God” is a single by Black Label Society, featured on their 2000 studio album Stronger Than Death. It is about televangelists, much like the earlier Ozzy song “Miracle Man”, which Zakk co-wrote, that dealt with the hypocrisy of Jimmy Swaggart. In a 2000 interview, Wylde (who is a Catholic) said, “I saw a TV evangelist. This guy sells out arenas, and he touches people on the head, and they’re supposed to be blind, and then they’re not blind anymore. That’s the biggest backstabbing version of God I’ve ever seen… Anton LaVey’s got nothing over this guy. That’s pure Satanism to me. He’s backstabbing God so bad it’s not even funny. People are paying money for that, and believe in that. How the hell are they believing it? This guy’s playing God. To me, it’s pure blasphemy.”
The music video features actor Mark Wahlberg as a stand-in for the band’s bassist, because they didn’t have one at the time. Marky Mark became friends with Zakk while working together on the movie Rock Star, where they both played members of the fictional rock band Steel Dragon! On a another side note, the album also contains a vocal cameo from longtime Zakk friend, New York Mets slugger Mike Piazza. He performs the “death growl” on the title track.
Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ I am dishing out some devilish delights… in the form of a couple of kick ass covers!
This cover version of Ozzy’s “Mr. Crowley”, features guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Derek Sherinian, Tim Bogert, and Tommy Aldridge. It’s from Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy album released back in 2000 and it also appears on 2006’s Flying High Again – The World’s Greatest Tribute to OZZY OSBOURNE, tribute album. Some heavy firepower on this one, “Ripper” Owens is most famous for replacing Rob Halford in Judas Priest for a while and then singing for Iced Earth, and Dio Disciples along with countless other bands. Derek Sherinian is a keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, KISS, Joe Bonamassa, was also a member of Dream Theater from 94–99, and one of the founding members of Black Country Communion. Tim Bogert played with Vanilla Fudge and Beck. And of course last but not least Tommy Aldridge rocked the skins in Ozzy’s band for a few years as well as in Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers Band, Whitesnake, Gary Moore’s band and so many more! He has a very long rock n’ roll resume.
Ozzy’s cover version of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” originally appeared on the Prince of Darkness box set from 2005. And it was re-released on Ozzy’s Under Cover album that same year. It features Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Robert Randolph of Robert Randolph and the Family Band on guitar, Chris Wyse of The Cult on bass, and Mike Bordin of Faith No More on drums. Mike actually began performing with Ozzy’s band in 1996 through to about 2008.
On this date, April 8th, Zakk Wylde has released 2 different albums just a couple of years apart. The first one was with Black Label in 2014 and then he dropped his second solo album in 2016. Tonight I’ll feature a track from both.
“My Dying Time” was the first of two singles from Catacombs of the Black Vatican, the ninth studio album by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. It was released on April 8, 2014. It was the first BLS album to feature former Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga and it was also their first album since the departure of longtime rhythm guitarist Nick Catanese a.k.a. the “Evil Twin” nicknamed for his capability to keep up with Zakk. Nick left Black Label Society in December of 2013.
“Sleeping Dogs” is the 1st single from Zakk Wylde’s second solo album, Book of Shadows II, released on April 8, 2016. There were two versions of the song on the album, the first was just Zakk solo and the second featuring guest vocals from Corey Taylor. Book of Shadows II, comes 20 years after the first Book of Shadows, that was released in 1996. And instead of heavy rock and metal, both of the Book of Shadows albums are more influenced by southern rock, country, blues and Americana music.
Where do Wylde Audio guitars come from? Father Zakk talks us through the birds and the bees of the guitar build process.
Earlier this week, back in 2014, Ozzy Osbourne’s Lawyers Shut Down Unauthorized ‘Ozzy’ Beer!
Over the years, a lot of bands have released signature beers, but due to his alcoholic past, it would be a very bad decision for Ozzy to do it! Which was probably one of the biggest reasons his lawyers stepped in to shut down an outside brewer’s brand of ‘Ozzy’ beer!
Baltimore’s “The Brewer’s Art” had produced a number of house beers – including one that was named after Ozzy. The canned version even sported his famous ‘Ozzy’ knuckle tattoos along with images of bats: including some without heads as a tribute to his famous bat-biting incident. And after receiving a cease-and-desist from Ozzy’s lawyers, the Brewery announced that it would no longer be sold. And it was a shame that it was discontinued, since it had near-universal acclaim from beer enthusiasts. One Beer Advocate, actually gave the brew a perfect score of 100! It was supposedly that good. (Now, we’ll never know) The official ‘Ozzy’ beer description read, “Our answer to the Belgian devil beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings. 7.25% abv.”
“Demon Alcohol” is a track off of Ozzy’s fifth studio album No Rest for the Wicked, was released on 28 September 1988 and was the first to feature guitarist Zakk Wylde and the first to feature bassist Bob Daisley since Bark at the Moon. This song is pretty self-explanatory. I’m the demon alcohol, demon alcohol … I’ll get you!!! As we all know, over the years the Black Sabbath frontman has lost many battles against his demons, but says he’s still “trying to be a better person”! At the age of 68, Ozzy is both literally and metaphorically still sobering up! His lifelong battle with drugs and alcohol began in his teens and eventually caused him to enter rehab facilities more than a dozen times over. Even relapsing again back in 2013! He spiraled into a booze and substance-fueled depression and had to get clean again, following an 18-month binge after almost 10 years of sobriety! But the good news is he has been completely sober since!
“Suicide Solution” is a song from Ozzy’s 1980 debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz. Guitarist Randy Rhoads composed the main riff of the song and bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley wrote the lyrics. In an interview in 1991, Ozzy claimed that the song was about the alcohol-related death of AC/DC’s original vocalist Bon Scott, (in 1980) but Daisley revealed later that he had Ozzy himself in mind when he wrote the lyrics for the song. (The perils of alcohol!)
Since it’s April Fools Day, Tonight’s theme is all about those damn fools!
“If you listen to fools… The Mob Rules!!!”
“Fool Like You” is the eighth track off of Ozzy’s fourth studio album The Ultimate Sin, released in February of ’86. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first to feature drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford’s band.
“All the Fools Sailed Away” is the fourth song from Dream Evil, the fourth album released by Dio, in July of 1987. It features former Rough Cutt members Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell, and was Dio’s last album to feature the band’s mascot ‘Murray’ on the cover and also the last to feature longtime drummer Vinny Appice until ’93’s Strange Highways. It was also the last album to feature bassist Jimmy Bain until the release of 2000’s Magica. (The video features a super hot woman with incredibly long hair. She is notable porn star Teri Weigel)
15 Years Ago: Ex-Ozzy Osbourne Drummer Randy Castillo Dies
The rock world lost a major talent on March 26, 2002, when Randy Castillo age 51, died after his battle with cancer. He was best known as Ozzy’s drummer during the mid-80s to the early 90s, and later as drummer for Mötley Crüe, from ’99 to his death. “I am heartbroken about the passing of one of my dearest friends,” Ozzy said. “I will see you on the other side, Randy. I love you.”
In ’84, Randy was hired to play drums for Lita Ford and was featured on her Dancin’ On The Edge album. Lita in turn introduced Randy to her boyfriend, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, and Nikki’s bandmate Tommy Lee. Shortly after the album tour, Tommy called Randy from a party he was at with Ozzy and told him how he was looking for a new drummer. Randy was hired a couple of months later and ended up staying with Ozzy’s band for about ten years, and recording five albums with him during that time: The Ultimate Sin (1986), No Rest for the Wicked (1988), the Just Say Ozzy live EP (1990), No More Tears (1991), and the double-disc live album, Live & Loud (1993).
He joined Mötley Crüe in 1999, replacing Tommy Lee, who had left to form Methods of Mayhem. He ended up drumming on the Crüe’s ’99 album, New Tattoo, and planned to tour with the band, but illness forced him to back out.
After falling ill while performing, doctors discovered an ulcer that had ruptured in Randy’s stomach and performed emergency surgery that saved his life. While taking time off to recover from that surgery, he discovered a small lump on his jaw and a month later, after it had grown to roughly the size of a golf ball, he sought treatment and was diagnosed with a common form of cancer that is not usually fatal if it is discovered early but can spread rapidly if left untreated. The cancer went into remission in mid-2001, but within a few months it returned, and a few days after returning to the doctors, Randy passed away.
During the final weeks of his life, he had been working with ex-Ozzy Osbourne and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez on a new band and was in the process of hiring a singer, and he was rumored to be rejoining Ozzy’s band for that summers Ozzfest tour.
“He always had a smile and positive things to say about everything and everybody,” Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx said. “He was a great drummer, a great caring person and a very spiritual soul.”
Tonight we Remember Randy in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.
“Zombie Stomp” is a track off of No More Tears, Ozzy’s sixth studio album from ’91. It was the last Ozzy album to feature drummer Randy Castillo.
The live version of “Tattooed Dancer”, featuring Randy Castillo, that I played in tonight’s show is from the Just Say Ozzy live EP that was released on March 17, 1990. The original recording is off of the ’88 No Rest for the Wicked album.
Randy’s drum solo is from Live & Loud, the Ozzy double live album, released on June 28, 1993. It was recorded during the “No More Tours” tour and was to be Ozzy’s final album following what has supposed to be his final tour before retiring. It was in fact the final Ozzy album to feature Randy Castillo.
12 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne’s House Nearly Burned Down in a Fire-Related Mishap!
Ozzy and his wife Sharon were forced to flee their seven-acre Buckinghamshire estate on March 25, 2005, rescuing their pets as they escaped. No one was injured, but Ozzy, Sharon and two of their employees were treated for smoke inhalation and the fire caused extensive smoke, heat and water damage. According to numerous reports, the Osbournes were sleeping when the fire ignited at around midnight, and they were awakened by a blaring smoke alarm. The couple scurried from the home and into their garden. There, they watched as smoke billowed from the home and four firefighters battled the blaze.
A spokesperson for the fire department initially said electrical problems caused the fire, but further investigation revealed that it was heat from the fireplace that set nearby wood paneling alight.
“Fire in the Sky” is a song from Ozzy’s ’88 album ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ It was the recording debut of new lead guitarist Zakk Wylde.
“Fire” is a 1968 song originally performed by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. It was released as a single on the band’s debut album, also called ‘The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’. Ozzy recorded it for his ninth studio album ‘Under Cover’ that consisted entirely of cover songs, released in ’05. It was also featured in his ‘Prince of Darkness’ box set that came out this week, back in 2005.
And … it wasn’t the only fire that would affect the Osbournes over the next decade. On January 17, 2013, a fire ignited from a candle that exploded in a glass vase, in the living room of the Osbourne’s Beverly Hills home. The couple was awakened by fire alarms, and when he noticed the small fire, Ozzy tried to put it out with his hand, which was already in a cast from a previous injury. Sharon tried to snuff the blaze with water, but only made it worse by spreading hot oil from the candle. Ozzy suffered minor burns to his face and hand. The fire also burned off his eyebrows and singed his hair. Sharon escaped unscathed.
Then on August 27, Ozzy nearly set fire to his kitchen while trying to make himself a bacon sandwich before heading to bed. Somehow, grease from the meat set the pan aflame and triggered a smoke alarm, which caused the fire department to rush to the scene. The only casualties in the accident were the badly seared slivers of pig’s flesh. (Somebody seriously needs to teach the the Osbournes about fire safety!!!)
Today (March 19) marks the anniversary of the tragic death of Randy Rhoads and the release date of ‘Tribute’.
‘Tribute’ is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne, featuring his work with the late great Randy Rhoads. It was released on 19 March 1987, five years after the death of Rhoads, then it was reissued on 22 August 1995, and again remastered and reissued in 2002.
Released in honor of Randy, guitarist for Ozzy’s band between 1979 and 1982 who sadly died in a plane crash while on tour in Florida in 1982. The album also includes studio outtakes of Rhoads’ recording the classical-influenced acoustic guitar piece “Dee”, which Randy wrote for his mother Delores and which was originally included on Ozzy’s debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz.
The album was originally to be released in 1982, but was shelved indefinitely upon Rhoads’ death early that year. Instead, another live album, ‘Speak of the Devil’, was recorded and released later that same year, consisting entirely of Black Sabbath songs and featuring future Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis.
The recording of “Crazy Train” that appears on this album was also released as the album’s only single on 10 February 1987, along with an accompanying music video. The album’s icinic cover photo was taken at a performance in Rosemont, Illinois on 24 January 1982, by photographer Paul Natkin.
The majority of the album from “I Don’t Know” through to “Paranoid” was recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio on 11 May 1981, with the exception of an extended guitar solo in the song “Suicide Solution” which was recorded in Montreal on 28 July 1981, and inserted into the song. Osbourne stated upon the album’s release in 1987 that the entire album had been recorded “somewhere in Canada”, though he may have been confusing it with that Montreal recording from which the guitar solo was taken.
Since tomorrow (March 19) marks the anniversary of his tragic death, I am giving you an ALL RANDY RHOADS WEEKEND in BLOW IT OUT YOU OZ, starting tonight at 9pm!
“You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” is the third track off of ‘Diary of a Madman’ the second solo album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. This is the last Ozzy studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored, plus it features an entire previously-unreleased concert performance from the Blizzard of Ozz 1981 US tour. The “Ozzy Live” CD is said to contain some of the last known recordings by Randy. (Originally the song was recorded about Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath manager and soon-to-be-father-in-law, the ruthless British gangster Don Arden. Ozzy claims Randy’s guitar solo on the song still sends chills up his spine!)
“Goodbye to Romance” is the third track from Ozzy’s debut solo album ‘Blizzard of Ozz’, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Ozzy’s first release following his 1979 firing from Black Sabbath. ‘Blizzard’ is the first of two studio albums Ozzy recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982. (This version is the remixed guitar and vocal version from the original session tapes for ‘Blizzard’)
‘Mafia’ is the sixth studio album by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, released March 8, 2005. It is one of the band’s most commercially successful releases selling over 250,000 copies in the U.S.
Music video by Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society performing Suicide Messiah. (C) 2009 Zakk Wylde. Under exclusive license to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.
Music video by Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society performing In This River. (C) 2009 Zakk Wylde. Under exclusive license to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.
A common misconception is that Zakk wrote the song as a tribute to his close friend “Dimebag” (former guitarist for bands Pantera and Damageplan), who was killed on December 8, 2004. In fact, he wrote the song many months prior to the incident, and subsequently began dedicating the song to him. On the topic of dedication, Zakk explains that he “was looking at the lyrics, and just said ‘Man, this has gotta be Dime’s tune’, so we made it Dime’s song and that’s how the video came about. I think it’s really emotional and it came out great. Everyone loves it – Vinnie Paul (Darrell’s brother), Rita (Darrell’s girlfriend). It’s all about Dime’s memory and there ain’t a dry eye in the house every time you see it.” Wylde also states that every time he plays a show, “it will never leave the Black Label set.”
The music video for “In This River” depicts a fictional account of Dime and Zakk as young kids, their childhood bond, riding bicycles together and diving into a river. At the end of the video, only the adult version of Zakk emerges, symbolizing Darrell’s death. He explains that “The river is a metaphor for life in general, and all the B.S. that you deal with from being a kid growing up. The whole thing’s just about life and death.” Footage of Dimebag performing was also incorporated into the clip.