ZAKK SABBATH, the BLACK SABBATH cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE), will perform two shows at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California on October 9 and October 10. Support at the gigs will come from FIREBALL MINISTRY.
ZAKK SABBATH, with John Tempesta (THE CULT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT) sitting behind the kit instead of Castillo, opened for ROYAL MACHINES on December 20, 2014 at Th Roxy in West Hollywood, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's 2011 release, "The Song Remains Not the Same", featured acoustic reworkings of songs from the band's "Order Of The Black" album as well as covers of tunes by CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG, TRAFFIC and BLACK SABBATH.
Wylde spoke to Music Radar about the decision to cover SABBATH's "Junior's Eyes".
"With me and covers, you know, I'm always going to go for the classic stuff," he said. "Of course, we all love SABBATH — I mean, who doesn't? — so I was just jammin' on the piano, and before you knew it, I was singing and playing 'Junior's Eyes'. I got a piano vamp thing going, and I started singing Ozzy's melody."
Asked if he had played his version for his former boss, Wylde said: "Yeah, I sent it to him last Father's Day. He was like [imitates Osbourne], 'Oh, Zakk, it sounds killer, man. It reminds me of a gospel tune.' No, Ozzy totally loved the SABBATH cover."