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Black Label Society Tour News and Tickets

July 16, 2006

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At 19, Zakk Wylde was plucked from a New Jersey gas station to become the lead guitarist and sometime co-songwriter for the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne.

Now, 20 years later, the Black Label Society frontman, who was just inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk by Ozzy and Rob Zombie, still owes much of his success to the Black Sabbath singer and reality TV star.

Living on a compound in Southern California with his three kids — 10 if you include the dogs — Wylde will headline the second stage at this year’s Ozzfest, where he will promote his forthcoming album, “Shot to Hell,” the follow-up to 2005’s Top 20-charting, platinum-selling “Mafia.”

AP: What is the Black Label Society?

Wylde: The running joke was that it was a bowling and drinking club. But we suck at the bowling and just drink more. When Black Label started, it was heavier music and I was thinking about naming it black something. My wife asked me the name of the hard alcohol — Black Label. It’s just the term for your best stock.

AP: How does it feel to more or less be launching your new album — after the success of the last one — with a second-stage headlining spot on Ozzfest?

Wylde: It’s awesome. It’s called “Shot to Hell.” It’s all about our pancreas, kidneys and livers after Ozzfest. We have a batch of extras on ice all the time. If you blow one out, we’ll stick another one in you and pour you another cocktail at the same time.

AP: So you’re a pretty big party guy?

Wylde: I never did hard drugs. The only partyin’ I ever did was drink beer and that’s pretty much what I do now. I like being in control all the time anyway. I would never show up onstage smashed.

AP: What about Ozzy?

Wylde: One thing with the boss, when I first joined the band he was still getting loaded — drinking, doing coke. But he never drank before the shows. After the shows, he’d get (messed up) and I’d wonder how we were going to do the show the next day. He’d always show up. I heard stories with Sabbath where he’d disappear for three days and they couldn’t find him.

AP: What’s your most outrageous backstage diva request?

Wylde: I never go backstage. These days I just stay on the bus. You’re looking at a $1 million tour bus with everything on there — guitars, ESPN, satellite TV. I sit and practice all day and I have beer and guitars. Why the hell do I need to get off? I’m married with three kids — I’m the Al Bundy of metal. It would just lead to trouble.

AP: You have three kids and seven dogs — do you ever get any sort of peace at home?

Wylde: It’s definitely an insane asylum. I wouldn’t change it for nothin’. I don’t care how much money you make, if you don’t have anyone to share it with, what’s the point of having it?

Black Label Society Concert Dates

Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 14 – Myrtle Beach SC – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 18 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 19 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 20 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 24 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 25 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 27 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 28 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 29 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Black Label Society Tickets – Oct. 31 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 01 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 02 – Detroit, MI – State Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 04 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 05 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 07 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 09 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 10 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Quest Club
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 18 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 21 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 24 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Nov. 30 – Cabazon, CA – Key Club at Morongo
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 01 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 02 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 03 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 07 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Black Label Society Tickets – Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern LG

Ari Bendersky/The Associated Press

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Metal File: Walls of Jericho

April 15, 2006

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Candace Kucsulain isn’t a morning person — not in the slightest. So this summer’s Ozzfest should be interesting for the tattoo-veneered singer who fronts Detroit metalcore collective Walls of Jericho.

It’s bad enough Kucsulain’s going to have to get up at the crack of dawn — she’ll also be expectedto scream at the top of her lungs for hundreds if not thousands of rabid metalheads trying to pound enough brewskis to get them through the morning. But it’s not as though she’s complaining — she’s more than willing to adjust her snoozing schedule for the greater good. It is Ozzfest, after all. “You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do,” she said, with a hesitant laugh.

“It’s such a huge step for us,” she added. “We have to get up there and give it our all. We have to prove ourselves [to the crowd] because there are so many great bands on Ozzfest this year. You know whoever’s playing after you will show you up, so you have to make sure you hold your own out there” — even if you’re taking the second stage at the profane hour of 9 a.m.

But a huge step it is. Walls of Jericho, she said, are used to rattling the walls of nasty dives in front of 300 kids (tops). They’re used to hitting the road crammed in rundown vans (this summer they’ll share a bus with All That Remains) and crashing on strangers’ couches. They’re all still working full-time jobs to pay the bills.

“It’s nice to think you might be able to go out, play to more kids and do this on a regular basis without worrying about those bills,” Kucsulain said. “We never even thought we’d get on Ozzfest. We’ve been together eight years, and all we want to do is make music and have people like it. Ozzfest is perfect for us, and it’s a great time to be doing it, with our record coming out — a record that we know is one of our most important, and what we’ve been putting everything we have into.”

That album, With Devils Amongst Us All, will be in stores June 27 — two days before Ozzfest kicks off in Auburn, Washington. Produced by Ben Schigel (Chimaira, Zao), it will feature about a dozen tracks, none of which have official titles yet. The band started recording the disc March 6 and wrapped things up April 4.

Before Ozzfest, the band will do a run of shows with Bullet for My Valentine and Roses Are Red as part of the Trustkill Takeover Tour. It kicks off May 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and winds down May 28 in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Chris Harris and Jon Wiederhorn

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Ozzfest Goes to 11

March 30, 2006

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Metal’s perenial metal behemoth, Ozzfest, lumbers into its second decade this July with Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, disturbed, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, and a whole bunch more.

Ozzfest will roll out July 1 in San Francisco and visit 20 cities. Founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne is set to headline just 10 shows this summer “because after 10 years I feel it’s time to let someone else share the headlining spotlight.

We want to shake it up a bit this year,” Ozzy said. “I’ve closed virtually every Ozzfest performance for a decade now and I feel I can finally let other artists headline our festival and that’s my intention for the future.”

This year’s main stage lineup features headliner System Of A Down and such formidable artists as Disturbed, Hatebreed, and Lacuna Coil. Fans can expect a major main stage addition to be announced May 23.

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