The iconic lead guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde was the recent interview guest of 93X Radio and he revealed the process of meeting with Ozzy, how did they meet and what does Black Sabbath mean to him.
Here is what Zakk told to 93X Radio:
“The funny thing is – I was playing these songs when I was 15, at parties back in the day in Jackson, New Jersey. We were in high school, and now I’m 52 years old, and I’m still playing Black Sabbath songs. This goes to show you how timeless the music is.
It all started with me and Blasko [Rob Nicholson, bass], we were playing these metal all-star jams. There wasn’t another drummer playing all the time, so there would be no rehearsals.
So when we were going to meet, it was just, like, ‘Alright, what are we gonna play?’. So the common ground between everybody, the whole thing is part of your education, like being a classroom musician. You know, Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.
You’re gonna learn something from one of those guys just because that’s part of your education. Obviously, Sabbath, whether it’s Sabbath, Zeppelin or Deep Purple, like, you know riffs or songs from one of these bands, so you know, part of your education.”
“Can you tell me about the first time you met Ozzy Osbourne?”
Zakk Wylde answered and revealed how he almost crapped his pants in front of Ozzy Osbourne:
“Yeah. Obviously, being a huge fan, when he left Sabbath, and then when he started with Saint [Randy] Rhoads and when he was playing with Jake [E. Lee], we all loved Ozzy.
When it came that he was auditioning guitar players, I was playing a club one night, it was, like, ‘Hey, Zakk, you ever think about auditioning for Ozzy?’. I was, like, ‘I don’t know, do you know the guys?’.
The whole thing is I ended up making a cassette and taking some polaroids on my mom and dad’s porch in Jersey and then sending them to Ozzy.
I remember Ms. Osbourne calling up from England; she was, like, ‘We’re going to fly you out to LA.’ All I remember is we got out there, Ozzy walked in a room, I was clapping my pants, and then Ozzy said, ‘Zakk, just play with your heart and change your pants. Go make me a ham sandwich and go light on the mustard.’
So I was making ham sandwiches and going light on the mustard for over 30 years.”
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