Zakk Wylde

Heavy Metal Guitarist American musician, songwriter, and occasional actor, Zakk Wylde was born 14 January, in 1967. He is perhaps best known as the former 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.

Whilst Growing up, Wylde played locally with his first band, “Stone Henge”, then later with local Jersey band Zyris. Years later, he landed the role as lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. He sent Ozzy a demo tape in 1987 and was hired to replace Jake E. Lee. Lee had replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads, Ozzy’s principal guitarist in the post-Black Sabbath period, beginning in late 1979. Rhoads remains Wylde’s foremost guitar-playing and stagecraft influence. in  1995 Wylde was replaced in Osbourne’s band by Joe Holmes but returned in 2001.

On January 17, 2006, Zakk Wylde was recognized at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame located at 7425 Sunset Boulevard, featuring his handprints and signature, in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry. The event was open to the public and many rock celebrities were present, including Ozzy Osbourne.

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