BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, featuring legendary OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde, played a free concert last night (Saturday, October 31) at the Hard Rock Café New York in Times Square to promote his new limited-edition Epiphone Graveyard Disciple guitar. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below (courtesy of Fullshred).In addition to the concert performance, Zakk hosted a special "meet-and-greet" at New York's renowned 48th street Sam Ash music store on October 30. Designed by Zakk in cooperation with Epiphone, the new Graveyard Disciple combines killer sound with equally killer looks. Shaped like a coffin, the edges of the body are tapered and pin-striped in silver giving it a striking visual appearance and depth while providing for a comfortable feel. As with most all Zakk's guitars, the neck is made of Hard Maple for bright attack and glued into a solid Mahogany body adding a touch of warm and of course, sustain. The neck features a "D" profile, SlimTaper neck with a smooth, satin finish for fast and effortless lead work. It is topped off with a bound, Ebony fingerboard and medium-jumbo frets with easy access to all 22 frets. Zakk Wylde's wife Barbaranne revealed in a Twitter update that the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman had been 63 days sober as of Wednesday, October 28. Wylde is reportedly suffering from "a rare genetic clotting disorder" for which he is currently receiving treatment in California. Zakk stated in an August 2009 Twitter message that he "was given a CT scan where they found three clots. I was then told each one of the clots passed through my heart. . . My left leg has a clot above the side and behind my knee, my calf and running into my heel. My right leg has a clot in between my calf and ankle." BLACK LABEL SOCIETY was forced to drop off the "Pedal To The Metal Tour" due to Zakk's condition. The rest of the bands on the trek — MUDVAYNE, STATIC-X, SUICIDE SILENCE and BURY YOUR DEAD — carried on with the remaining dates on the tour after BLS's departure.
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