BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde recently spoke to Blistering.com about his new solo album, "Mafia", and his extremely busy recording and touring schedule over the past 10 years. Commenting on the fact that he's released a staggering six studio albums in the last seven years while GUNS N' ROSES — a band he once considered joinng forces with — have yet to release one, Wylde said, “Actually, this is the way I look at it. Check this out. It was a little into 1995 when I helped Osbourne out with the recording of 'Ozzmosis'. During the recording of that album, I received a phone call from Axl Rose asking me if I wanted to get together and jam with him. I said sure, no problem. We ended up jamming, and that was when Ozzy decided to get Joe Holmes into his band as his guitarist. Of course, the jam sessions with Rose amounted to nothing because once you get the lawyers and managers involved, they just fucking ruin everything. There's no fucking fun to be had when they're involved. It was supposed to be a fucking rock band! I remember thinking to myself, 'Even if we are making a shitload of cash, will everyone just shut the fuck up and relax!' (Laughs) So it just went down the shitter. Ozzy had Holmes in his touring band while I was finishing up doing 'Book of Shadows', but I joined back up with him for 'Ozzmosis'. After that tour, I thought 'Fuck it! I have all these fucking heavy riffs lying around,' so I started doing BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. That was in 1998. That's when it really started. We did 'Sonic Brew', 'Stronger Than Death', and we toured in-between those albums too. Then I got approached to do that 'Rock Star' movie in 2000. I ended up doing that thing, and then I did the guitar shit on the soundtrack alongside the movie. That was a blast. All I did was drink beer, lift weights and play guitar the whole time. After that we recorded a live album, and did '1919 Eternal', and toured behind that. And then I got back together with Ozzy, and together we did the 'Down To Earth' album, then we toured behind that. After that we did 'The Blessed Hellride', toured behind that. Then came the DVD 'Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned', and after that we fucking did the acoustic shit for 'Hangover Music Vol. VI'. And now we've just pumped out this new album 'Mafia'! (Laughs) That's twelve fucking albums and tours since I jammed with Rose. And in the last ten years, he still hasn't come out with that 'Chinese Democracy' album!"
Read Zakk Wylde's entire interview with Blistering.com at this location.