During a recent conversation with Guitar Player, Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde opened up about the possibility of a solo instrumental album. Wylde named Eddie Van Halen and said that precisely like him, he also loves seeing his solos in a great song rather than in a solo album.

Black Label Society’s eleventh studio album, ‘Doom Crew Inc.,’ was released on November 26, 2021. The band recorded the album during the months of lockdown, and it includes 12 tracks. The album grabbed the attention with its high quality, creativity, and harmony between the band members.

Besides Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde has also played with numerous important names like Ozzy Osbourne, with whom he also released two solo studio albums. Although he is mainly known for his great solos and technical virtuosity in guitar playing, his solo albums were not instrumental. During the interview, Wylde was asked whether he has any intention of recording an instrumental solo album.

Zakk Wylde gave the name of Eddie Van Halen as an example and stated that Van Halen’s records are great examples of why he never did a solo album. He noted that Eddie never did a solo record because every VH record was a ‘chance for him to explain everything.’ Wylde said he also feels the same, and he really likes songs. Although he also enjoys instrumental albums, the songs have a more special place for Wylde. He enjoys playing solos, but he prefers seeing them in some great songs.

Zakk Wylde is speaking on a possibility of a solo instrumental album:

“When Eddie Van Halen was asked why he didn’t do a solo record, he said that every Van Halen record was a chance for him to express everything that he needed to say. It’s that way for me, whether I’m playing with Black Label or Ozzy. I’ve always really loved songs. I love McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Jan Hammer. There’s a lot to love in instrumental albums, but when I hear ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ that solo is perfect – but it’s in a song. I love to have the solo in a great song. That’s what works best for me.”

Zakk Wylde is not a part of Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, but he will be touring with him in 2022. Osbourne had to cancel some of the shows due to his health problems, and he is now ready to resume touring again. There will also be a European leg of the tour scheduled for 2023.