The Ozzy Osbourne Song That Was Inspired By AC/DC, Zakk Wylde Explains

Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde revealed that AC/DC greatly influenced one of Ozzy Osbourne’s iconic songs and explained why during his recent interview with Music Radar.

As you probably know, Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne have been collaborating for Osbourne’s solo records and tours for a very long time. One of them was Osbourne’s sixth solo studio album entitled ‘No More Tears,’ released on September 17, 1991. Wylde contributed both as lead guitarist and songwriter on the iconic Ozzy Osburne album.

‘No More Tears’ reached No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. Also, it became one of Ozzy Osbourne’s best-selling albums and achieved great critical acclaim. In his interview, Zakk Wylde recalled the time they were working on the album and stated that it was a milestone in his career as a guitarist.

During the conversation, the journalist drew attention to one of the album’s tracks, ‘Mr. Tinkertrain,‘ and its riffs which consisted of open power chords and pulling off the minor third on the sixth string. Zakk Wylde unveiled that they summoned the AC/DC icons Angus and Malcolm Young to make that sound. He added that the brothers’ style and The Who’s guitar riffs inspired them a lot.

Here’s what the journalist asked:

“The opening track on ‘No More Tears,’ ‘Mr. Tinkertrain’ has a monster riff using open power chords while pulling off the minor third on the sixth string…”

Wylde responded:

“That was us summoning the power of Malcolm and Angus Young. To me, it sounds very AC/DC, you know what I mean? As for the intro part, that reminds me of The Who. So that song had those flavorings in the soup and those influences came from our love of those bands.”

You can listen to the song below.