Black Label Society

Black Label Society bandleader Zakk Wylde wields his guitar like a Viking weapon,
bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his
Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does.
Charismatic beast and consummate showman, Wylde puts his massive heart and
earnest soul on display with unbridled, unchained, animalistic passion in Black
Label Society, whether it’s a crushingly heavy blues-rock barnstormer or a
piano-driven ode to a fallen brother. Each Black Label Society album is another
opportunity to top the one before it, but like AC/DC or The Rolling Stones, BLS isn’t
here to reinvent the wheel. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s a brand we can trust.
Mighty missives like “Damn the Flood,” “In This River,” “Stillborn,” “My Dying Time,”
“Queen of Sorrow,” and “Blood is Thicker Than Water” have amassed millions of
downloads and streams. They are the soundtracks to sweat soaked revelry, jubilant
evenings that descend into bewildering mornings, and adrenaline fueled sports.
Grimmest Hits, the band’s tenth full-length studio album and follow-up to Billboard
Top 5 entries Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010),
Black Label Society submit new anthems like radio single “Room of Nightmares,” the
bluesy “Seasons of Falter,” and Southern-fried “The Day That Heaven Had Gone
Away” to the BLS faithful; 12 unstoppable tracks to add to that lifestyle soundtrack.
While members of esteemed rock and metal institutions like Alice In Chains,
Metallica, Type O Negative, Clutch, Danzig, and Megadeth have passed through the
band’s ranks, Black Label Society has consistently been defined by Wylde’s
unmistakable voice and signature guitar sound and the steady rumble of bassist
John DeServio. BLS is rounded out, in the studio and onstage, by guitarist Dario
Lorina (since 2013) and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb (since 2012).
This is as much a band as it is a symbol of strength, honor, commitment, and diehard
“society,” as evidenced by the legions of supporters who proudly donned the Black
Label Society colors years before motorcycle culture was back in fashion.
Black Label Society are vigilant keepers of the hard rock n’ roll flame, protecting its
sonic characteristics and vibe while engaging in reverent study of its chief
architects. Given that Wylde’s kids’ are named Hayley Rae, Jesse John Michael
(named after his Godfather, John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne), Hendrix Halen, and
Sabbath Page, it’s clear that he takes his study of rock n’ roll’s greats very seriously.
To many, Wylde is synonymous with pinch harmonics as much as Chuck Berry
dreamt up the duck walk. Zakk’s signature Les Paul Bullseye guitar hangs in the
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. His infamous leather bellbottoms hang in the Grammy
Museum. His handprints are on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame. He’s performed the
National Anthem at major sporting events. He wrote the 2013 Major League
Baseball theme for ESPN. He even momentarily joined Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff in
Guns N’ Roses. He is a playable character in the Guitar Hero games.
A lifelong disciple of Black Sabbath and the longest serving guitar-shredder for the
Ozzman himself, Wylde co-wrote modern Ozzy Osbourne classics like “No More
Tears,” “Mama I’m Coming Home,” “Road to Nowhere,” and “Miracle Man.” Together
with Ozzy bassist Blasko and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age),
Wylde pays faithful tribute to the forefathers of metal as frontman for Zakk Sabbath.
Before he graced the cover of every meaningful guitar magazine on the planet, Zakk
Wylde was a kid in New Jersey who picked up his instrument before he’d even hit
high school. He was still a teenager when he got his demo tape into Ozzy’s hands.
Together with the man he affectionately calls “the Boss” (and whose wife and
manager, Sharon, he calls “Mom”), Wylde was part of the biggest selling album of the
legendary Black Sabbath singer’s solo career, No More Tears, as well as the
double-platinum Ozzmosis, and earned a Grammy for the live recording of “I Don’t
Want to Change the World.”
One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society
traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires
audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to
join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.
Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours
all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

Corrosion Of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity are reuniting with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan for UK/European and North American dates. Other than a few surprise appearances, this will be the first time Keenan has toured with the band since 2006. This will also be the first time the "Deliverance" lineup of the group has played together since 2001.

C.O.C. recently emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012's eponymous album and 2014's "IX" to wide acclaim, but many have been eagerly awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.

The band were originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a new lineup on 1991's "Blind" album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as primary vocalist on "Deliverance" (1994) and "Wiseblood" (1996). These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of the previous albums with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired songwriting and more spacious production and execution, which were often copied but rarely equalled. This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside Metallica, Clutch, Eyehategod and many more. Eventually following "In the Arms of God", 2005, Keenan focused all energy on his hometown band Down. Until now, that is. Recent internet chatter on the subject of a reunion turns out be true.

Sludge band from New Orleans known for their misanthropic lyrics and endless troubles with law and drugs. They broke up in 2000, but reformed 5 years later. Lead singer Mike Williams was arrested in 2005, following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, but with the help of supporters was released in December of that same year.
On August 23, 2013 the band's drummer Joey LaCaze died from respiratory failure, aged 42.

Mike Williams - Vocals
Jimmy Bower - Guitar
Brian Patton - Guitar
Aaron Hill - Drums
Gary Mader - Bass

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