BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/3/17
Pride & Glory was a side project for Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. It had more of a Southern rock sound than Zakk’s other albums incorporating banjo, harmonica and mandolin into the mix. It was Zakk’s first self-fronted band, before releasing his first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he then went on to form Black Label Society in 1998.
Coming together in 1991, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears, the band was originally named Lynyrd Skynhead and included the former White Lion rhythm section of bassist James LoMenzo and drummer Greg D’Angelo alongside Wylde. In early 1994 D’Angelo was replaced by Brian Tichy, who has toured and recorded with a multitude of artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Glenn Hughes, Slash’s Snakepit, Whitesnake and most recently The Dead Daisies. At this time the band also changed their name to Pride & Glory, and on June 7 they released their self-titled debut – and only – studio album, on Geffen Records. Zakk’s songwriting skills come to the forefront on the album; there is a great deal of variety and the songs themselves are very dynamic, with a very loose jam-band feel to a number of them. In June of that year, the band performed as a main stage act at the Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in England. In November 1994 LoMenzo left after their tour of Japan, 3 days before the beginning of their US Tour. Wylde managed to find a replacement for James in his long-time friend John ‘J.D.’ DeServio also currently a member of Zakk’s Black Label Society. Slash of Guns N’ Roses appeared at this show jammed the Jimi Hendrix songs “Voodoo Child” and “Red House” with the band. A live album was supposedly recorded at this time and intended for release, but so it has never seen the light of day. Who knows, maybe sometime in the very near future.
Both “Losin’ Your Mind” and “Horse Called War” were released as promotional singles with accompanying music videos, whilst “Troubled Wine” was also released as a promo single but without a video.
The Pride & Glory album was reissued in 1999 on Spitfire Records with a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material. This included the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard as well as covers of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dyin'”and a cover of The Beatles “Come Together” plus two additional original recordings.