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Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde with his custom "Bullseye" Gibson Flying V
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt
Born January 14, 1967 (1967-01-14) (age 43)
Bayonne, New Jersey
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, Southern rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass, banjo, piano, keyboards, mandolin, harmonica
Years active 1987 - present
Labels Geffen, Spitfire, InsideOut Music, Artemis, Roadrunner, Epic, Sony
Associated acts Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Pride & Glory, Derek Sherinian
Notable instruments
Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul,
Zakk Wylde Signature Gibson Flying V

Zakk Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt; January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter, who is best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996.



He is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to deliberately differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads - who was also frequently identified by his white Les Paul Custom. Interestingly, one of Wylde's favorite stage guitars of late is a replica of Rhoads' Flying V. The "bulls-eye" paint job was originally supposed to look like the spiral from the movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrect from the luthier, he liked the result and stuck with it.

Wylde's signature Les Pauls include a red flame-maple bulls-eye model, a black and antique-white bulls-eye model, an orange "buzz-saw" model, the pattern on which was inspired by a design on a Zippo lighter [1], and a "camo" bulls-eye model with mother of pearl neck inlays and a green camouflage paint scheme. His original bulls-eye Les Paul was purchased from one of the owners of Metaltronics Amplification. Metaltronics was building a one-off live rig for Wylde that was designed around one of the owner's guitars, a creamy white Les Paul Custom with EMG pickups, which would later become known as "The Grail". Zakk also has a Custom Dean Splittail With Mud Splatter Bulls-eye graphics, as well as a signature Splittail shaped Gibson model called the "ZV". Another Dean in his collection is a Dime series Razorback with custom Bulls-eye graphics ordered for him special by the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbot.

Live: Zakk exclusively uses Marshall JCM 800's (original 2203's w/ 6550's, not his sig. model)with twin 4 X 12 Cabinets loaded with EVM12L 300W Black Label Speakers.

His usual signal path consists of his guitar > Dunlop Wylde Wah > Dunlop Rotovibe > MXR Carbon Copy > MXR EVH Phase 90 > MXR Wylde Overdrive > MXR Black Label Chorus split signals one to each distorted amp. In certain songs Zakk uses either a Rocktron Banshee or Dunlop/MXR Talk Box, a Boss OC-2, and various misc. pedals, however these are only used in the studio and never used live.


Wylde's health has come under scrutiny for several years. Wylde was asked by Sharon Osbourne to attend rehab, but left very early on.[2]

In August 2009, Wylde was hospitalized due to blood clots.[3] He was forced to cancel his tour, stating that singing would cause an embolism.

Appearances in media



Live performances

  • On August 1, 1993, Wylde appeared on stage with the Allman Brothers on lead guitar since Dickey Betts was unable to make the show, and they needed a guitarist at the last minute. This show is documented on the bootleg "Zakk Goes Wylde".
  • Wylde is a New York Yankees fan. He performed the National Anthem on the electric guitar during a New York Rangers game in October 2005. He has also played the anthem at Los Angeles Kings and Dodgers games. A video of a Kings performance is included as an extra feature, on the DVD Boozed, Broozed, and Broken-Boned.
  • On February 1, 2007 Wylde and Nick Catanese began a tour of acoustic shows at the Hard Rock Cafe in various cities across North America. Although Catanese had to leave mid-tour due to unspecified personal reasons, Wylde continued to play shows alone. He performed several songs, on both the acoustic guitar and keyboard. The tour was eventually canceled due to unspecified reasons.

Film and television

  • Wylde's film credits include Rock Star (As "Ghode", guitarist of the fictitious band Steel Dragon)
  • Wylde also appeared on the TV show Angel in the season four episode "The Magic Bullet" where he plays acoustic on the song "Mandy" while Angel and Conner sing along.
  • Wylde has also appeared as a guest star on the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. In it, he plays guitar on a track produced by Master Shake that is supposed to become the next big birthday song, which is called "Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary." Wylde becomes irate when he finds out that Shake cannot pay him for his input on the project. Later in the show, Wylde is killed when caught between the crossfire of two robotic banjo-playing scorpions.
  • On September 26, 2003, Wylde appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and sat in with the house band. During the course of the night he repeatedly made fun of and threatened to beat up Fred Durst, the front man for Limp Bizkit.[6]
  • On January 30, 2007, Wylde, alongside Black Label Society, were the musical guests for MTV's Wrestling Society X debut episode. He worked the night as a guest commentator as well.
  • On February 2, 2007, Wylde guest hosted on Seattle's 99.9 KISW on the afternoon program The Men's Room.
  • On the May 18 edition of WWE Smackdown!, Wylde appeared with Ozzy Osbourne to perform the song "I Don't Wanna Stop", at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Wylde performed alongside Osbourne on the 2007 VH1 Rock Honors broadcast (featuring tributes to and performances by ZZ Top, Heart, Genesis, and Osbourne).
  • On October 18, 2009, Zakk Wylde performed the National Anthem on TNA's biggest PPV, Bound for Glory before the matches officially started.
  • In Bones a new movie coming out soon, directed by Frank Pestarino.

Video games

  • Wylde recorded a guitar duel for the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour. He also appears as a playable character performing the song Stillborn.
  • Some of Wylde's signature guitars have been for sale to play with throughout the Guitar Hero series. These include "The Grail", "The Camo Grail", and "The Buzzsaw".
  • Wylde was featured in the first Guitar Hero with the studio version recording of Fire it Up.


With Black Label Society
With Ozzy Osbourne
Other albums


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