Black Label Society Info.
After falling out with mentor Ozzy Osbourne following the recording sessions for 1995's Ozzmosis, guitarist Zakk Wylde struck out on his own with his initial solo album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. When it failed to achieve any mainstream success, the six-stringer took an comprehensive break before resurfacing with a new album and band called Black Label Society in 1999, featuring Wylde on vocals, guitar, and bass and drummer Phil Ondich. A number of varied musicians would sift during the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY band's ranks during the convoluted tour which followed, but Ondich was back on the drum stool by the time Black Label Society recorded 2000's Stronger Than Death album for new label Spitfire Records. The resultant tour included a slot on the second stage of his old boss' Ozzfest tour, and yielded the live Alcohol Fulede Brewtality album in 2001. The BLACK LABEL SOCIETY band returned to Ozzfest the next year (this time on the main stage) in hold up of the 1919 Eternal LP. Blessed Hellride appeared in 2003, and Hangover Music Vol. VI followed a year later. Mafia, Black Label Society's seventh album, was free in spring 2005.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is the extraordinarily heavy and uncompromising trio founded by OZZY OSBOURNE and ALLMAN BROTHERS guitarist ZAKK WYLDE following his additional Southern flavoured PRIDE & GLORY. Before achieving global notoriety with Ozzy the guitarist, real name Jeffrey Weilandt, had paid his dues with New Jersey club acts STONEHENGE and ZYRIS. In the last act Wylde went by the stage name 'Zakari Wyland'.
The guitarist has generated a giant cult appeal for his work with Ozzy, beginning with the 'No More Tears' album, and is regarded as coming the closest out of all of Ozzy's esteemed axemen at filling the invalid left by the late, great Randy Rhoads. Wylde also spent time rehearsing with GUNS N' ROSES and songs written throughout this period were used for the debut BLACK LABEL SOCIETY album. At first the band was projected to be titled HELL'S KITCHEN and album artwork was specially made to match. The debut 'Sonic Brew' opus emerged in Japan during October of 1998 but was not made formally available in the United States until May of the following year. This afterward US edition came complete with an extra track in 'Lost My Better Half'.
Wylde would be recalled for responsibility for live work with Ozzy in 1998, fulfilling Japanese dates, but struck out on his personal once more shortly after. Wylde made it into celluloid in 2000 appear in the movie 'Metal God' as guitarist for actor Mark Wahlberg's fictitious band STEEL DRAGON. This movie would be finally released in August 2001 with a new title of 'Rock Star'.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY toured America in 2000 with CROWBAR and SIXTY WATT SHAMEN. The first dates were marred though when Ondich fell ill necessitating CROWBAR's drummer Craig Nunenmacher stepping into the violate for many shows. 'Ozzfest' dates found Frey Theiler stepping in as place in bassist.
2001 brought renewed fortunes for Wylde as it emerged that the guitarist was back in the Ozzy camp copy of the 'Down To Earth' album. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY temporarily formed part of the summer 'Ozzfest' touring festival promoting the live cum audio album 'Alcohol Fueled Brewtality'. By June bassist S.O.B. had parted ways with the perform and Mike Inez, an erstwhile OZZY OSBOURNE band colleague and former ALICE IN CHAINS man, stepped into the break.