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Black Label Society Rockin' Into Second Decade

Of the Oakland Press

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Zakk Wylde is not the sentimental sort. So it makes sense that the hard rock guitarist and longtime Ozzy Osbourne sideman doesn’t wax on about “Skullage,” the upcoming CD and DVD retrospective of his own band, Black Label Society.

“It’s just a bunch of goofy stuff until we go into the studio and start working on the next record,” says the New Jersey-born Wylde, 42, who started BLS in 1998, forming local fan groups similar to motorcycle clubs — he even calls them “chapters.”

“Skullage” does, however, include some acoustic tracks which, while seemingly out of character now, could be harbingers of future directions for the band, according to Wylde.

“We’re really happy with the way they came out,” Wylde says. “As time goes on and you get older, are you gonna fight the 19- (or) 22-year-old version of yourself ? After all the wars we’ve been through, I think it’s, ‘No, here, I’ve got a better idea...’”

Wylde says BLS will likely start work on its next album — the follow-up to 2006’s “Shot to Hell”— later this year. First there’s the small matter of finishing off a new album for Osbourne, who Wylde refers to as “the boss.” “We’ve already got, like, 18 songs for something like that,” Wylde reports, “but mom (wife and manager Sharon Osbourne) wants us to write a couple more and knock them out.

“I do whatever mom and dad ask me to do. They’re my family, y’know?”

Black Label Society, Sevendust, Dope and the Infinite Staircase perform Tuesday (March 31) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emearaldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.emeraldtheatre.com

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