Zakk Wylde Explains How He Was Replaced In Ozzy Osbourne’s Band Due To A Guns N’ Roses Gig

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Black Label Society guitarist and vocalist Zakk Wylde spoke in a recent interview with Kerrang Magazine and talked about the days when he was playing with Ozzy Osbourne and how did he kick out from the band.

In the conversation, Zakk explained how his life changed after he joined Ozzy Osbourne and said that he felt so cool to play with them because he is a huge fan of Ozzy, Randy Rhoads, and Jake E. Lee.

Furthermore, Zakk talked about the time when Ozzy Osbourne decided to kick him from the band and revealed that there was actually not a single argument that happened between him and Ozzy.

The reason was Zakk went to an auction for Guns N’ Roses, and Ozzy wanted to know if Zakk is going to play with them or not. While Zakk was waiting for an answer from Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy didn’t want to waste his time and replaced Zakk with Joe Holmes.

Interviewer asked:

“In 1995, you spent a week jamming with Guns N’ Roses. What was it like playing with Axl Rose?”

Zakk Wylde replied:

​”I’d known Slash and Axl when ‘Appetite’ started exploding – because that’s when I went out to L.A. to work with Ozzy. I kept running into them at The Rainbow. Gilby had just left, so Slash suggested they give me a call.

I was working on ‘Ozzmosis’ at the time. Axl asked me to come down for a jam, and we had a lot of laughs. Nothing was really happening other than demos at Duff’s house.

Oz was like, ​’Are you gonna play with the fellas or are we doing this?’ I needed an answer from the guys, but nothing happened. Oz couldn’t wait around, so he got Joe Holmes in. He shreds.”

Interviewer asked:

“How did that feel?”

Zakk Wylde replied:

​”It was pretty cool seeing someone else play your stuff. Joe crushed it. He’s a good dude, man. I didn’t fall out with Ozzy. There was no big fight or whatever. We’ve never got into an argument, ever.”

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