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Zakk Wylde (born January 14, 1967) is a prolific musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known as the former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society, Wylde hails from Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt, the musician began studying music age eight, however didn’t become serious until around the age of 14 and in high school – where he would commonly spend 12 hours playing guitar non-stop before having to go to school again. The guitarist’s musical debut came with the local band Stone Henge, followed a little while later by Zyris. Strongly influenced by the original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, Wylde sent a demo tape to Ozzy Osbourne in 1987 and landed to role of lead guitarist. Wylde's debut with the band came on “No Rest for the Wicked” in 1988 and he subsequently played on a number of hit albums. Although Wylde eventually left the group to pursue his own interests, he remained on good terms with Ozzy and the band and returned to play and tour with Ozzy Osbourne after his replacement didn’t work out.
In 1994, the guitarist formed his own power trio Pride & Glory, however earned little attention and disbanded after only one self-titled album. Toying with the idea of joining Guns N’ Roses, Wylde embarked on a solo career instead which resulted in his debut album “Book of Shadows” in 1996.
Two years layer Zakk Wylde formed the heavy metal group Black Label Society and alongside drummer Phil Ondich recorded the band’s debut album “Sonic Brew” in 1998. The guitarist and vocalist has subsequently released an impressive 13 albums with Black Label Society and in 2006 was recognised at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame for his contribution to rock & roll.