Zakk Wylde Addresses His Ritchie Blackmore-Inspired Solo In ‘Perry Mason’

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Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde talked about some of his experiences working on his solos during his latest conversation with Eon Music. The famous guitarist highlighted that Deep Purple icon Ritchie Blackmore significantly influenced him while creating an iconic riff.

Ozzy Osbourne released his seventh solo album, ‘ Ozzmosis’ on October 23, 1995, receiving very positive reviews from music critics and metalheads as an Osbourne classic. The record hit the charts worldwide, especially with its tracks’ Perry Mason,’ ‘See You on the Other Side,’ and ‘I Just Want You.’ The frontman’s long-time guitarist Wylde’s presence and guitar performance got critical acclaim once again.

In addition, the fans admired and appreciated Wylde’s well-crafted riffs and guitar solo in ‘Perry Mason.’ The Ozzy Osbourne guitar player wanted to give credit to Ritchie Blackmore, who was the person that also inspired him while working on Black Label Society’s tenth studio album, ‘Grimmest Hits,’ along with Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. Blackmore clearly had an important place in the guitarist’s career.

In response to the reporter’s comment about the bluesy bend, Wylde showed Blackmore’s creation and performance in Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water,’ as an example which was a result of learning many things from him since the beginning of his career. Then, Wylde stated that he constructed solos just sitting and writing and recalled the ‘No More Tears’ song, an improvisation he didn’t want to change.

Here’s what the reporter asked:

“Do you remember constructing that particular solo?”

Wylde responded:

“You sit and write them; you know what I mean; it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The ‘No More Tears’ one was like improv, and then I remember I said, ‘Well, let me try it a couple of more times,’ and it was; ‘No, no, no, we got it!”

The reporter went on to say:

“The solo in ‘Perry Mason’ is another great example of one of the great solos; you start with a real bluesy bend in that one.”

He added:

“Well, thank you. Yeah, a Richie Blackmore lick; ‘Smoke on the Water.’ You get all your education from all the guys you listen to. “

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