Zakk Wylde has spoken to Eonmusic about a variety of subjects, including his current reunion with Ozzy Osbourne and his brief stint with GUNS N' ROSES in 1995.
Speaking about getting back with Ozzy, Zakk said; "It's awesome. I've always said it's a miracle any work ever gets done, because we're always on the floor crying laughing. All you've got to do is hang around Ozzy for, like, two minutes. I mean, he takes the piss out of himself and everything that's going on."
On playing at this year's Download festival, Zakk said: "Being a music fan, you always heard about Donington, and so to play it, it's like the Royal Albert Hall; it's a big deal. But playing anywhere with Ozzy is always a good time; whether it's a prison or whether it's in front of five people and we're playing in a phone booth, it's always a good time to play with the boss. But I've never done Donington with Oz, so, yeah, [I'm] definitely looking forward to it again, man."
Zakk went on to talk about what it was like playing with GUNS N' ROSES when he hooked up with the band following their "Use Your Illusion" tour. "I just went down to jam with the guys," he said. "It's not even like an audition at that point. Jimmy Page is not going to audition for THE ROLLING STONES. It's just, like, 'Jimmy, do you want to come down and jam with us?' It's just, like, 'Yeah, okay, no problem.' So, it was more that — just a bunch of clowns getting together and jamming."
However, the sessions did become more serious, with demos eventually recorded being recorded featuring Wylde along with Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and keyboard player Dizzy Reed. Zakk said: "We jammed a bunch of things. We did demos and stuff over at Duff's house in the studio. We just had a bunch of riffs and stuff like that, but nothing was going on; it was in limbo."
Read the full interview at Eonmusic.