Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was interviewed on a recent edition of the SiriusXM show “Dirty Sexy Funny” with host Jenny McCarthy. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked if he has spoken to Ozzy about possibly playing together again, Zakk said: “Well, my relationship with [Ozzy]… He’s the godfather of [my] oldest son, so I mean… And Sharon [Ozzy’s wife and manager], I love her like a mother. So, our relationship is bigger than the music. If they called me up and asked me to come over, bring some eggs and milk over to the house and clean the dog run ‘cause they had company coming over, I’d do it. But if Ozz ever wants to do anything, we’d do it. But Gus [G.], who plays guitar with him now in the solo band, I’m buddies with Gus, and Gus is a phenomenal, shredding, awesome guitar player and awesome dude. But, nah, I mean, Gus is the guitar player now, but if Ozz ever asked me… Like I said, if Gus’s wide was pregnant and they were having kids and he was, like, ‘Gus is gonna be down for three months, ‘cause he wants to be home. Can you come out on the road?’ I’d do it. That’s the way we roll.”
In a 2010 interview with Metal Insider, current Ozzy guitarist Gus G. said that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Ozzy one day felt like playing with Zakk again. He said: “For me, when I was growing up, Zakk was there. The first time I ever saw on TV, Zakk Wylde was on guitar. From my generation, Zakk Wylde was the man. As a fan above all, I know these guys, they’re like family more than just a team. So I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if one day he would jam again with Ozzy. I know these guys love each other.”
He continued: “Don’t take what I’m saying the wrong way, but as a fan, trying to look from the outside, I mean I grew up watching Ozzy and Zakk together and that’s all I’m saying. I also know that Zakk’s been in and out of the band as well a couple of times. But with all that said, I’m very happy and feel very honored that I have this position right now and am there doing it.”
Since leaving Ozzy’s band in 2009, Zakk has played a number of shows — including a 2012 European festival run — with his former employer as a guest guitarist.
Wylde will release “Book Of Shadows II” on April 8 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Zakk’s first solo release in 20 years is the highly anticipated follow-up to 1996’s “Book Of Shadows”, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite.