Zakk Wylde didn’t have to dig too deeply to come up with a concept for
Black Label Society’s eighth album, “Shot to Hell.”
“It’s basically about our kidneys, livers and pancreases, being out on the road,” says the 39-year-old, who began his career as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and still works with him alongside his Black Label Society projects.
“I just like playing what I like playing, y’know? Why try to reinvent the wheel? We just try to put some new treads on it, that’s all.”
“Shot to Hell” paired Wylde with producer
known for his extensive credits (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Hole)
and a reputation for being mercurial and controlling.
But Wylde, who worked with Beinhorn on Osbourne’s “Ozzmosis” album, says they worked well together.
“Usually I’m always producing the records, but this time I said, ‘Lemme call and see what ... Mike’s doing and have him come down and we’ll jam together,’ ” Wylde recalls. “I mean, no one’s gonna tell me what ... to do. They’ll say, ‘You’re doing this,’ and I’ll say, ‘I don’t think so.’
“I do whatever ... I want to. It’s my music. I wrote it. Mike knows that, so there were no problems.”
Black Label Society and Black Stone Cherry perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday (November 2nd) at the State Theatre, 2150 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $28. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit
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