During a recent radio podcast on ‘Rockin’ Metal Revival,’ the founder of Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde has shared his thoughts on Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne, and he told how Ozzy influenced his musical career.
When asked about his effect on ‘Miracle Man’ song of ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ album, Zakk Wylde revealed a secret about Ozzy Osbourne’s song.
Here’s what Zakk stated:
“Actually, I remember Father John, who was playing keyboards on it, John Sinclair, played keyboards on the record; actually, John did keyboards on the ‘Spinal Tap’ thing as well.
John had a vocoder at the time, so what I did was: I talked into this thing while I was saying ‘Miracle Man,’ I played it on the guitar and it’s almost like a voice box, that’s what that is.”
He also mentioned how Ozzy Osbourne affected his vocal styling when he went off to do his own thing.
“Obviously, back in the day, playing parties, I’m just saying that’s why we have the whole Zakk Sabbath thing on the side – we ended up doing that as well. So, I mean, even with Zakk Sabbath, I always laugh because it’s just like back then.
We’d be playing parties during high school and, you know, doing Sabbath songs. Whether we’re doing ‘War Pigs’ or ‘N.I.B.’ and everything like that, it’s just hilarious.
We’re on stage now, and I go back to when I was 16 years old, was playing these songs at parties. And now that I’m 52 years old, I’m still playing the same songs, there’s just more people. I mean, it just goes to show how timeless Sabbath is.
I love Ozzy’s voice, you know? I mean, we always said when you’re doing a cover band, when you got a wedding band, all your buddies that are in the band, whoever can do whoever’s voice, you know, that’s who we pick, so I always end up doing the Sabbath songs.”
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