BLACK LABEL SOCIETY BIOGRAPHY
Black Label Society is a heavy metal band formed by Zakk Wylde. They have released 9 albums to date, and Wylde (with bassist John "JD" Deservio, drummer Craig Nunenmacher, and fellow guitarist Nick "The Evil Twin" Catanese) recently released the follow up to the 2005 release "Mafia" (9/11 UK, 09/12 US) called "Shot To Hell". Zakk recently started a record deal with Roadrunner Records and the new album will be produced by Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers).BLACK LABEL SOCIETY GENRES
In 1992, Ozzy retired after the No More Tears tour, which led Zakk to form his own solo band Pride & Glory, blending potent bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. In 1994 Ozzy decided to come out of retirement, and the numerous recording sessions for Ozzmosis took place. Around this time, Zakk was also offered the open guitar slot in Guns N' Roses and had a hard time deciding whether to tour with Ozzy or join Guns N' Roses. Neither project panned out. This gave Wylde the opportunity to record his own acoustic solo album, "Book of Shadows." After limited commercial success with Book Of Shadows, in 1998, Zakk and drummer Phil Ondich formed Black Label Society and recorded their debut album "Sonic Brew." Nick Catanese has been Zakk's rhythm guitarist since the Book Of Shadows tour. Craig Nunenmacher has been drumming since 1991 Eternal (2001) following Phil's departure.
Black Label Society are headlining the second stage at this year's Ozzfest (US). Tickets for dates in Australia, New Zealand and the UK have gone on sale - an early Spring 2007 world tour looks likely.
The band had their song "Fire It Up" featured as a bonus song in the PlayStation 2 game Guitar Hero.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY LYRICAL THEMES
Personal Struggles, War, Alcohol, Death
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ORIGIN
United States of America (Los Angeles, CA), formed in 1998
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CURRENT RECORD LABEL
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY STATUS
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CURRENT LINE-UP
Zakk Wylde (Jeffery Phillip Wielandt) - vocals, guitar, bass, piano (ex-Zyris, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride & Glory, guest for C.P.R., Allman Brothers, and Derek Sherinian)
Craig Nunenmacher - drums (Crowbar)
John "JD" DeServio - bass
Additional live musicians:
Nick "Evil Twin" Catanese - guitar (High Voltage (US))
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Robert Trujillo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Metallica, ex-Suicidal Tendencies, as guest in Glenn Tipton, Jerry Cantrell, Infectious Grooves)
Mike Inez (ex-Alice in Chains, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Jerry Cantrell, Skin On Skin)
Frey Theiler - Filled in for Mike Inez on Ozzfest (Valume Nob)
Steve "S.O.B" Gibb (Crowbar)
James LoMenzo (Pride & Glory, Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, ex-Rondinelli, White Lion)
Phil "Philth" Ondich
Ozzy Osbourne - vocals on "Stillborn" (Black Sabbath, Iommi (guest), The Prospectors, The Black Panthers, Approach, Music Machine, Rare Breed)
Mike Piazza (ex-NY Mets baseball catcher, now San Diego Padres) - vocals on "Stronger Than Death"
John Tempesta - drums (Helmet, ex-Testament, ex-Exodus, Prong, White Zombie)
Christian Werr - drums