Nine Questions

Zakk Wylde is the leader of Black Label Society as well as the ax-man for Ozzy Osbourne. The new Black Label Society album, Mafia, hits stores on Tuesday, March 8. BLS open their U.S. tour at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Thursday, March 10.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Black Sabbath at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, during the Mob Rules era.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

A lot of music ... the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Van Halen.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

I got boxes full of 'em ... can't begin to count. I still have my original vinyls and tons of cassettes.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

No, I don't even know how to work a computer. Besides, I consider it real scumbag stuff. ... I'd rather play guitar and suck on my wife's tits. I still go out and buy the new Ozzy album, even though Sharon tells me she'll give me a copy for free.

What was the first album you owned?

We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll, Black Sabbath.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Anything I dig; Sabbath, Zeppelin, Van Halen, Hendrix. (Long pause) "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!"

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I'll listen to anything--if it's good, it's good. There's Abba (my daughter wanted to listen to it, so I got it for her), and the production is slammin' (on some pop hits)! With most of those pop singers, you can see what those chicks had for breakfast with the short skirts they're wearing ... makes me want to jerk off!

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Black Sabbath, Randy Rhodes, Eddie Van Halen, Frank Moreno ... obvious reasons.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Live albums: Frank Moreno and Black Sabbath, Live at Last. Studio albums: the Eagles, Hotel California and Black Sabbath, Sabotage.

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