ZAKK WYLDE: 'I Don't Have A Record Company Telling Me What I Can Or Cannot Record'

In a recent interview with the Deseret Morning News, OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde admitted that BLS was something he needed to do. "I still play for Ozzy, and I love that man to death," he said. "But he's not going to be doing what he does forever. The man is more than 60 years old, and one day he will come up to me and say, 'Zakk, it's time for me to stop.'

"I don't look forward to that day. But it will come. And when it does, I want to be able to still do what I do — play music. So that's why I started with those side projects like PRIDE & GLORY and my solo career."

Wylde said he's glad that BLACK LABEL has such a strong fan base, but being on the road can be difficult. "The only hard part of this gig is touring. It's like your hobby has become your job. And I don't care who you are — a rock guitarist, a writer, a porn star — whatever profession you get into will feel like a job at some point. The best thing to do is keep reminding yourself why you're doing it.

"And that, to me, is the secret. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. And I want to make sure I'm fresh when I play. We don't get a lot of sleep on the road, and it can become monotonous at times. But I have sole responsibility for my music. I don't have a record company telling me what I can or cannot record. And I never will."

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