Zakk Wylde's official fan site, www.SDMFworldwide.com, has published an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nick Catanese conducted during Ozzfest 2004. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
SDMFworldwide.com: How did you and Zakk meet?
Nick: "E-mail. I saw his e-mail address in Metal Edge magazine, and I thought it would be funny to e-mail him out of everybody and say, 'If you need a guitar player, let me know.' And like Tim Bolin, our tour manager, said, my life changed with a click of a mouse. I didn't see an ad. I didn't see anything. I just on a whim, I had quit my old band. I was going to go to computer school and give up music altogether, and I saw his e-mail address, and he said that day him and his wife were talking about needing to bring out a guitar player for 'Book of Shadows'. My e-mail was in their mailbox that night. It was weird, strange."
SDMFworldwide.com: What was it like meeting Ozzy for the first time?
Nick: "I was speechless, pretty much. He was a beautiful guy. He was on the bus talking to Zakk about doing 'Down to Earth', and I walked in. He was sitting there. I had a plate of food, and he just stood up and shook my hand. I was like, I can’t believe it, and it was like he stood up and acknowledged me. He didn’t just give me the rock star handshake and let me pass on through. He stood up and acknowledged me. And I thought, 'More people need to learn from him.' He's just a beautiful guy."
SDMFworldwide.com: What is your proudest moment being a musician?
Nick: "God, so many. Probably the first time Zakk called me. That I actually talked to him on the phone, and he flew to Pittsburgh, and we actually jammed for the first time. Here's a guy that you used to look up to and see in magazines and now here he is sitting in your room, playing your guitars, eating chicken, and telling you stories about Ozzy. It's surreal. Every moment of my life is a surreal moment. Like when we did the pre-show, I got a hug from [JUDAS PRIEST members] Glen Tipton and Ian Hill and got a fist from Rob Halford. I mean it never ends. Every day is something new that I just look at and go…Bill Ward rubbed down Craig. It's like he’s got a sore shoulder, and he gave him some lotion. These are people that we've worshipped, and now they're our friends. It doesn't get any better, you know."
Read Nick Catanese's entire interview with SDMFworldwide.com at this location.