Zakk Wylde Talks Fatherhood, His Book and Randy Blythe
Just the name "Zakk Wylde" alone instantly conjures up images of intense shredding and guitar hero machismo. One of the era's most iconic rock gods, Wylde and his band Black Label Society remains one of the most bone crunching forces in modern metal.
But he's also an actor, now an author (Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berserker's Guide to World Tour Domination), and just recently became a dad for the fourth time as he and his wife Barbaranne welcomed a son, Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde, into the world.
Wylde and BLS will be performing at the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Aug. 18, and he's taping a DVD performance at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles in late August. Titled Unblackened, it will feature re-imagining of his songs on acoustic/piano with lap steel, string quartet and backup singers (which Noisecreep will be covering).
In conversation, Wylde talks like he plays - rapid-fire, intense, no-nonsense and with lots of New Jersey attitude. And that's why we love him.
Zakk, first up, congratulations on your new son. Is sleep loss an issue, or are you just built for it given the rock 'n' roll lifestyle?
You know how everyone always says, "Oh, having a baby is a life changing experience?" To me, it just means now there's more people I've gotta feed [laughs]. The whole thing is awesome, I have no issues with the sleep, I love this. I've never had to deal with all the issues people seem to love to complain about. "Oh, my wife is going ballistic while giving birth! Oh, we never have sex after having kids!" On and on.
I think people totally blow this stuff out of proportion, Like I said, it's all awesome and I love it. People over-complicate things. People ask me how I stopped drinking. I just stopped! I just saw Geezer Butler playing at Download. Like 120,000 people. I whispered to him before he went out - "No big deal, dude. Whether you're at the Whisky in front of 17 people or here. Just go out and play your ass off." Keep it all simple.
Your kid's names pay tribute to rock and roll legends - Hendrix, Sabbath - that's important to you, huh?