Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde spoke in a recent interview with Talking Metal and shared his opinions on the originality in music by giving examples from AC/DC and Eddie Van Halen.

In the recent conversation he joined, Zakk initially touched upon how both AC/DC and Eddie Van Halen impacted the music industry by praising both of the legends and mentioned their differences in terms of music. Wylde stated that there are some main reasons why people love both AC/DC and Eddie Van Halen, pointing out that they are all world-famous because they are good at something.

While Zakk said that AC/DC has been working on the same sound and system for a long time and continuing their own path, he stated that Eddie Van Halen changed the whole music industry.

The veteran guitarist added that AC/DC has been creating lots of great songs with such a similar sound because they shouldn’t have to invent something new when its working. On the other hand, he believes that Eddie’s unique guitar technique and genre made Van Halen, Van Halen.

Zakk Wylde talked about AC/DC and Eddie Van Halen in the interview:

When any band is good at what they do – like AC/DC – it’s not a matter of reinventing the wheel, you know what I mean?

Whether it’s ‘Highway to Hell,’ or ‘Back in Black,’ they’re not reinventing the wheel but it’s like, ‘No, they don’t need to.’ It’s a cheeseburger, but it’s done really well. You go to In-N-Out Burger, you go to White Castle, the thing is, it’s done really well, and so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

He continued:

“If it’s good, that’s all that matters, and it always comes down to songs. At the end of the day, why are we listening to ‘Blizzard’ and ‘Diary’? You don’t just fast-forward to get to Randy playing the solos, it’s the whole meal…

King Edward changed the planet, right? The whole thing is, you’re going to see Van Halen because of the songs…

I mean, not everybody in the crowd is a guitar player, at a Van Halen concert. When people go, ‘Do you play guitar?’ ‘No, I don’t play guitar, I just love Van Halen, I love their songs.’ Not everybody who goes to Led Zeppelin concerts plays guitar or drums. They’re there because they love the music.”

Further in the conversation, Wylde also talked about his opinion about the pentatonic scale and said that his love for both Frank Marino and John McLaughlin created a passion for the pentatonic scale.