Not A Singles Set, ‘Grimmest Hits’ is One of BLS’ Best Albums To Date

Courtesy: eOne

This coming Sunday, veteran hard rock band Black Label Society will make its way to North Carolina’s capital city as part of its tour in support of its brand new album Grimmest Hits. Despite the album’s title, it is not a hits collection. It is in fact a brand new collection of songs from guitar great Zakk Wylde and company. One that once more proves why BLS is still one of the most revered and respected names in the rock realm and music community in whole today. That is proven in part through the arrangements presented throughout the album’s 12 total songs. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes also serve to support that statement, and will be discussed later. The album’s sequencing is one more item that supports that statement. When it is joined with the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes, the whole of these elements shows without doubt why this album is such an impressive new release from one of rock’s elite acts and why the band itself is so respected.

Black Label Society’s new album, its 10th full-length studio recording, is some of the best work to date that the veteran hard rock act has released. That is proven at least in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements presented across the course of the 55-minute album take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1998 debut album Sonic Brew, its 2002 album 1919 Eternal and its follow-up, 2003’s The Blessed Hellride with its heavier side. Speaking of that heavier side, it is not the album’s only side. It also boasts a much softer, more reserved side that will impress fans of Zakk Wylde’s Book of Shadows albums in the form of ‘The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away,’ ‘The Only Words’ and ‘Nothing Left To Say.’ This album is not the first time that Wylde and company have shown both a heavy and soft side on one of its albums. That’s a good thing, too because it is another way in which the band continues to show its reach and talent. Considering this, having such mix of musical elements is just as welcome here as in the band’s previous efforts. It creates a solid foundation for the album; A foundation that is strengthened even more through the album’s lyrical themes.

‘The Betrayal’ is a key example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes to its presentation. The song seems to tackle the topic of someone who is somewhat short-sighted and who can’t see the way things are actually going. That is inferred as Wylde sings, “Gathered for this mass/Abandon all that you know/You say that you’re not blind/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “the engines start to seize/The walls begin to close/The betrayal that you see/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” The song continues in similar fashion through its third and fourth verse. Considering this, the whole of the song seems to take on the matter of someone who might be able to see “A,” “B” and “C” but who can’t see the proverbial forest for the trees. It is definitely an interesting song, lyrically speaking, that is certain to generate its own share of discussion. As always, this is only this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel. It could be wholly incorrect. Hopefully not, but one only knows for certain when one gets it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Having noted this, it is just one of the songs that serves to show the importance of the album’s lyrical themes in showing what makes the album in whole such a strong new effort. The theme at the center of ‘The Only Words,’ which is one of the album’s previously noted softer moments, shows just as much as that of ‘The Betrayal’ why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its whole.

The theme — or at least the seeming theme — presented in ‘The Only Words’ is simply that of a person’s love and affection for another. Yes, it comes across as a love song. Who’d have thought Black Label Society would ever craft a love song?! If indeed that is what this song is, then kudos to Wylde and company for going that route. That is because of how well it came off in its simplicity. Wylde sings here, “So you say you’ve got your plans/Well life’s got its plans, too/Changes that come and go/Come tomorrow one never knows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Mountains may fall/The stars may all disappear/Just to hear you say you’re mine/The only words I need to hear.” The song’s second verse continues the same mentality of the lead verse, and couples with the chorus to once again present the seeming theme of love. When the song’s gentle, almost light southern rock musical arrangement, that theme seems to fit even more. It makes the song a display of a side of Zakk Wylde that is not often seen or heard, though not overly rare. Again, it makes this seeming theme one more way in which the album’s musical themes prove so important to the album’s whole. It is not the last of the songs whose theme shows the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ is one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes so important.

The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ can be interpreted in one of two ways: romantic love and religious love. Which one is in fact the case is up to Wylde. It is a positive theme, regardless of which angle Wylde took here. That is proven as he sings, “Hand me your doubts, worries and fears/Within this embrace/They all shall appear/A love beyond/A love unreal/This sadness you felt/You will no longer feel.” This is just the song’s lead verse, but is a strong statement nonetheless. On the one hand, one could interpret it as one person comforting another in a time of despair and strife. On another hand, one could just as easily argue that it is linked to Wylde’s devout Catholic beliefs. This is especially possible as Wylde sings about giving “this world and all that there is”… “all to you: as he asks “Could you promise me as I promised you?” There’s even what seems like a statement about self-realization here. Regardless of what the song’s actual theme is, there is no denying that it is another positive theme, and one that stands just as separately from the other songs noted here as the rest of the album’s themes do from these songs and from one another. Keeping this in mind, it becomes yet another example of the importance of the lyrical themes to Grimmest Hits‘ whole. Having noted the importance of the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes to its whole, it can be agreed that each element is critical to the album’s whole both alone and together. While each obviously has its own importance, they are not its only important elements. The album’s sequencing shows one last time just what makes this album another strong effort from BLS and of course why the band is still such a respected organization.

The sequencing of Grimmest Hits is so important to discuss because it puts the finishing touch to the foundation formed by the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes. Going back to the previous discussion on the album’s arrangements, there are both heavy and so soft that they’re heavy arrangements spread across the album. In the same vein, that means the album’s energies change from one song to the next. That change in those energies is clear over the first half of the album. What’s really interesting about that change is its subtlety. The record’s first three songs are heavy, full on pieces, but as it progresses into ‘All That Once Shined,’ the album’s fourth song, the energy becomes noticeably more reserved. As that song progresses into ‘the Only Words,’ the album’s energy becomes even more reserved before going abruptly full throttle again in ‘Room of Nightmares,’ its midway point.  It’s a clearly intentional way to make certain audiences were still along for the ride.

The musical punch from ‘Room of Nightmares’ is complimented immediately after by another heavy arrangement in ‘A Love Unreal.’ As the album progresses through its second half, its energy starts to switch up even more with a back and forth approach from ‘Disbelief’ on. What this approach does is insures listeners’ engagement even more through the second half of the album.  That in turn shows again just as much time and thought was put into this part of the album as was with its musical and lyrical content. When it is considered along with the time and thought put into those elements, the whole of all three shows why this album is another success from Black Label Society. In turn, the album shows why Black Label Society remains today one of the rock (and music) community’s most respected names.

Black Label Society’s latest full-length studio recording Grimmest Hits is one of the band’s most important albums to date. The band’s 10th album in its roughly 20 year life, it is a record that makes a bold statement as it takes listeners back to some of the best of the album’s predecessors, including the band’s debut album. This is evident through each of its twelve total musical arrangements. Its varied lyrical themes cover a wide range of ground, strengthening its foundation even more. From a seeming love song to a commentary on seeing the bigger picture of life to so many other topics, this record’s lyrical themes do plenty to strengthen its foundation even more. The time and thought obviously put into the album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to that foundation, insuring even more listeners’ engagement. All thing considered, these elements join together to make this album one whole that is one of BLS’ best albums to date and an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock records. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Grimmest Hits is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

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Ozzy Announces Farewell Tour

Courtesy: MSO PR

Ozzy is officially calling it a career.

The Grammy Award ®-winning veteran performer, famed television personality and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee announced Monday that he is retiring, and will celebrate his impending retirement with an extensive farewell tour.  The tour is currently scheduled to open May 5, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico and to run through July 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portgual.

While the upcoming farewell tour, which will run through 2020, is OSbourne’s last big outing, he stressed in a recent interview that the tour likely won’t be his absolute last time performing live.

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Osbourne said.  “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.

Included in the upcoming tour is a mix of solo and festival shows that will see Osbourne performing alongside long time friend and Black Label Society front man Zakk Wylde (guitar), Blasko (bass), Tommy Cluefetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).  The North American leg of Ozzy’s farewell tour, which will be revealed in 2018, will be produced by Live Nation.

The current schedule for the European leg of Ozzy’s farewell tour is noted below.

DATE
COUNTRY/CITY
VENUE
Sat
5/5
Mexico
TBA
Tue
5/8
Santiago, Chile
TBA
Fri
5/11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
TBA
Sun
5/13
São Paulo, Brazil
TBA
Wed
5/16
Curitiba, Brazil
TBA
Fri
5/18
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
TBA
Sun
5/20
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TBA
Fri
6/1
Moscow, Russia
Olympiisky
Sun
6/3
St. Petersburg, Russia
Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed
6/6
Finland
TBA
Fri
6/8
Solvesborg, Sweden*
Sweden Rock Festival
Sun
6/10
Donington, UK*
Download Festival
Wed
6/13
Prague, Czech Republic*
Airport Letnany
Fri
6/15
Paris, France*
Download Festival
Sun
6/17
Italy*
TBA
Wed
6/20
Halden, Norway*
Tons of Rock Festival
Fri
6/22
Copenhagen, Denmark*
Copenhell Festival
Sun
6/24
Dessel, Belgium*
Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue
6/26
Krakow, Poland*
Impact Festival
Thu
6/28
Oberhausen, Germany*
König-Pilsnet Arena
Fri
6/30
Madrid, Spain*
Download Festival
Mon
7/2
Lisbon, Portugal
Meo Arena
*Produced by Live Nation

 

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Website: http://www.ozzy.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

 

 

 

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Rock Legends Reunite For New Tour

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Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have re-united.

More than a decade after the duo went its separate ways, it has reunited for a short string of new live dates.  The musicians are partnering for a short string of live headlining dates this summer and fall beginning July 14.

The performances mark the first time since 2006 that Wylde and Osbourne have performed live together.  The last time the men worked together in the studio was on Osbourne’s 2006 record Black Rain.

The new live dates also mark the first time Osbourne has embarked on a solo U.S. tour since his Ozzy & Friends performance at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA.

Also joining Ozzy and Wylde for the upcoming live dates will be longtime collaborators Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards). Wylde and Osbourne seemed to both be anticipating the upcoming live dates as they talked about hitting the road in recent interviews.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” Osbourne said.  “This is what I do.  This is where I belong, on the road.”

Wylde agreed.

“I’m really looking forward to the hardcore powahlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, benching and deadlifts,” Wylde said.

The current listing for the group’s new headlining dates is noted below.


DATE
                        CITY                 VENUE

 

July

Fri, July 14         Oshkosh, WI       Rock USA Festival

Sun, July 16       Chicago, IL         Chicago Open Air Festival

 

August

Wed, August 9    Sturgis, SD          Buffalo Chip

Mon, August 21   Cartersville, IL    Moonstock Festival

Osbourne was said to be working a new solo record at last report. That album reportedly is scheduled for release sometime in 2018 via Epic Records.

More information on the upcoming dates is available online now along with all of Osbourne’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ozzy.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: http://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

 

 

 

All of Zakk Wylde’s latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zakkwyldebls

 

 

 

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Blacktop Mojo’s New LP Is Set To “Burn” Up The Mainstream Rock Radio Realm

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

This time next week, Blacktop Mojo and its fans will be only a week away from the release of the band’s latest full-length studio recording Burn The Ships.  For those unfamiliar with the Palestine, TX-based band, it is a good fit for anyone that is a fan of Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Theory of a Deadman, Zakk Wylde and all of his various projects.  From start to finish, this record is set to *ahem* burn up the mainstream rock radio realm with its infectious, guitar-driven arrangements and equally interesting lyrical content.  The record’s hard rocking second song ‘End Of Days’ is just one of the songs included in this record that supports that statement.  It will be discussed shortly.  The much more reserved, yet heavy in its own right ‘Prodigal’ supports that statement in its own right.  The band’s own take on Aerosmith’s timeless classic ‘Dream On’ even serves to support that statement, too.  Between these songs and the album’s other ten songs, the whole of this record shows Blacktop Mojo to have great potential.  They show in whole that given the right support from mainstream rock radio, Blacktop Mojo could be one of the realm’s next big names.  They also show this album to be one of the year’s top new hard rock records as well as one of the year’s top new independent albums.

Blacktop Mojo’s new album Burn The Ships, its sophomore release, is one of this critic’s choices for the year’s top new hard rock records and new independent albums.  That is thanks to its mainstream accessibility, even being an independent act. Independent here, should be clarified, to mean not signed to a major label.  It does not necessarily mean independent in the unsigned sense.  From start to finish, it proves to be an album that is primed to “burn” up the mainstream radio realm.  ‘End of Days,’ the record’s second song is a strong example of what makes this album such a “hot” (yes, that awful pun was intended, too) new effort from Blacktop Mojo.  That is due in part to the song’s arrangement.  The hard-hitting, guitar-driven composition instantly conjures thoughts of Theory of a Deadman’s heavier works.  That is only one part of what makes the song so interesting. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as the song’s musical arrangement. Front man Matt James sings in the song’s lead verse, “Has it all been an empty gesture/Has it all been a waste of time/World’s spinning into certain disaster/We never figured out the meaning of life/Don’t wait/To say/What’s on your mind/Don’t take/It with you/Leave it behind.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “There’s a fire in the sky/There’s chaos in the air tonight/Stay with me…sit back and watch the end of days.”  Taking this all into consideration, one can’t help but interpret the song, lyrically, as a statement of the world’s current state of affairs.  The song’s second verse proves that just as much as James clearly sings about the events of September 11, 2011.  It should be noted here, too, that his statements in the second verse are not meant to do anything but add to the statement of the direction this world—not just America—is taking.  When such content is set against the driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the pairing of the two elements makes this song stand out clearly among BTS’ other songs.  They join to prove the song to be a clear example of what makes this record such a worthwhile new effort from Blacktop Mojo.  It is just one of the songs included in this record that exhibits what makes the record so impressive overall.  ‘Prodigal’ serves just as much to show what makes BTS stand out in this year’s field of new rock and hard rock records.

‘End of Days’ is a clear example of what makes Blacktop Mojo’s new record Burn The Ships an impressive new effort.  That is due to the combination of the song’s driving, guitar-centered musical arrangement and its thought-provoking lyrical theme.  The combination of the two elements makes it just one example of what makes the song (and album) stand out.  It is just one of the songs that so clearly shows where this record gets its *ahem* fire (yes, that awful pun was intended, too).  ‘Prodigal,’ with its far more reserved, yet still heavy arrangement and lyrical theme, stands on its own merits.  The song is a deeply contemplative work that harkens back to similar works from both Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry.  This is especially true in examining the song’s musical arrangement.  The song’s lyrical theme seems, at least to this critic, as a coming-of-age story of sorts.  That interpretation was made through James singing in the song’s lead verse, “Don’t call me/The prodigal son/Cause I ain’t comin’ back/I’ll make it/On my own/Let me walk my own path/And don’t worry/About me/I’ve got everything I need/I’m gonna see the world/through my own eyes/Climb the mountain, see the sky/Across the stars on the other side.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “One of these days I won’t be around/I’ll rip my roots up from the ground/With wings of feathers…I’ll fly toward the sun/’Till they melt from my back.”  James continues on in similar fashion in the song’s second half, singing from the vantage point of a figure striking out on his or her own.  It is not one of those standard “oh woe is me” sort of songs, either.  But the mixed emotion of a person wanting and needing to grow and be one’s own person is there.  It is especially illustrated through the song’s musical arrangement.  When that emotionally powerful arrangement is coupled with the song’s deeply moving lyrical theme, the two elements together make this song heavy without being heavy.  That heavy without heavy presentation makes the song stand out from its counterparts just as much as ‘End of Days.’  It also serves to show even more why this record stands out in this year’s field of new rock and hard rock entries.  It shows the band’s ability to entertain audiences while not just sticking to one style of song.  It is just one more song that shows the band’s breadth of talent and influences.  The band’s take on Aerosmith’s timeless classic ‘Dream One’ is one more of the album’s inclusions that shows what makes this record stand out.

‘End of Days’ and ‘Prodigal’ are both prime examples of what makes Blacktop Mojo’s new record Burn The Ships stand out as one of this year’s top new hard rock records and one of its best new independent albums.  They show the band’s range in terms of its talent and influence—one song is heavy both musically and lyrically while the other is heavy musically without being heavy, and is also heavy lyrically.  While both songs show in their own ways what makes this album stand out, they are only two out of so many songs that show how much the band and album have to offer.  The band’s cover of Aerosmith’s timeless classic ‘Dream One’ is just one more of the songs included in this record that serves to show how much the band and album offer listeners.  The arrangement presented by the band here is one of the most powerful renditions that any band has presented to date.  It boasts the same moving vibe evident in the original rock ballad, but also infuses its own hard rock edge into the song here to add even more to the song’s impact.  That harder edge even gives the song’s lyrical theme its own new identity.  That in turn makes the song all the more powerful of a composition, showing once more just how much this new record from Blacktop Mojo has to offer audiences.  Between this cover of a true classic, the other songs noted here and the album’s other 10 tracks, this album in whole proves to be one that hard rock fans everywhere should hear at least once.  In doing do, those fans will agree that this record is indeed set to “burn” up the mainstream rock radio realm given the right support.  They will also agree that this record is an easy pick for one of this year’s top new hard rock records as well as one of the year’s top new independent recordings.

Blacktop Mojo’s latest full-length studio effort Burn The Ships is an easy pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock records and one of the year’s top new independent albums.  That is exhibited both through the record’s musical arrangements—which conjure thoughts of Fuel, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Zakk Wylde and Black Stone Cherry just to name a handful of more well-known acts—and the record’s lyrical themes.  From start to finish, both elements will keep listeners engaged in every song.  That includes the band’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On.’  After taking in the 13 songs that make up the record’s body, listeners will agree, once more, that Burn The Ships is an easy pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock records and the year’s top new independent albums.  They will also agree in taking in this album that given the right support, Blacktop Mojo is primed to be one of mainstream rock radio’s next big names.  Burn The Ships will be available March 10 in stores and online.  More information on Burn The Ships is available online now along with all of Blacktop Mojo’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

 

 

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Zakk Wylde Unveils ‘Lost Prayer’ Video

Zakk Wylde debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Wylde unveiled the video for the song ‘Lost Prayer’ this week. The song is the latest single to be released from Wylde’s latest album Book of Shadows II.  The album was released April 8, 2016.

The video is streaming online now here.  It combines footage of Wylde performing the song in a dimly lit studio and actors playing out certain parts to illustrate the song’s message of overcoming difficult situations in life. The end result is another song that, as Wylde has said before, proves a song can be heavy without having heavy, crunching guitars and pounding drums.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

Wylde’s new video is just some of his latest news.  He will hit the road with the Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath this coming week for a series of shows in southern California.  Those shows include performances at the NAMM party at The Grove of Anaheim on Jan. 21.

Zakk Sabbath has also been confirmed for performances at a handful of summer concert festivals.  Those festivals include MMR-B-Q, Rocklahoma and the recently sold out Rock on the Range.

Zakk Sabbath is made up of bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society).

Along with his performances with Zakk Sabbath, Wylde has also been tapped to perform on the 2017 Experience Hendrix tour alongside Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many other famed artists from across the musical universe.  This year marks the third consecutive year that Wylde has been invited to be part of the Experience Hendrix Tour.

The dates for Wylde’s Zakk Sabbath Shows and Experience Hendrix shows are noted below.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

Jan 19 – Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA*
Jan 20 – Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA*
Jan 21 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA*

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

2017 Experience Hendrix Tour
Feb 17 – Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR
Feb 18 – Northern Quest Theater – Airway Heights, WA
Feb 19 –  Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA
Feb 20 – Hult Center – Eugene, OR
Feb 22 – Mondavi Center – Davis, CA
Feb 23 – Luther Burbank Center – Santa Rosa, CA
Feb 24 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Feb 25 – Silver Legacy Casino – Reno, NV
Feb 28 – Ikeda Theater – Mesa, AZ
Mar 01 – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 03 – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CA
Mar 04 – Harrahs Events Center – Valley Center, CA
Mar 06 – Eccles Theatre – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 07 – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO
Mar 09 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX
Mar 10 – Thalia Mara Hall – Jackson, MS
Mar 11 – Revention Music Center – Houston, TX
Mar 12 – Majestic Theater – San Antonio, TX
Mar 15 – Saenger Theater – New Orleans, LA
Mar 16 – Orpheum Theater – Memphis, TN
Mar 17 – Hard Rock Casino – Tulsa, OK
Mar 18 – Peabody Opera House – St Louis, MO
Mar 19 – The Palace Theater – Louisville, KY
Mar 21 – Taft Theater     – Cincinnati, OH
Mar 22 – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
Mar 23 – Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI
Mar 25 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake, MN

May 20 – MMR*B*Q – Camden, NJ*

*Zakk Sabbath

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZakkWyldeBLS

 

 

 

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Zakk Wylde Announces Major Schedule Change For “Book Of Shadows II” Tour

Courtesy: eOne

Courtesy: eOne

There has been a change to Zakk Wylde’s upcoming “Book Of Shadows II” Tour.  And it is a big one.

Only a day before the roughly eight-week tour launches, Wylde has announced that on August 15th he will serve as support to none other than Guns N’ Roses.  Tickets for the concert can be purchased online now here.  Wylde was previously scheduled to perform at The Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado on that date.  It has now been moved down to Wednesday, August 31st, which was previously an open date on Wylde’s schedule.  Tickets for the “Book Of Shadows II” Tour can be purchased online now here.  The updated schedule for Wylde’s tour is noted below.

 

Book Of Shadows II Tour Updated Schedule

7/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
7/12: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/13: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
7/15: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
7/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls Theatre
7/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/20: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
7/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
7/23: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
7/24: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
7/28: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
7/29: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
7/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
7/31: Boston, MA @ Royale
8/2: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
8/4: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino *no support
8/7: Montreal, QC @ HEAVY MTL
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/11: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/13: Sturgis, SD @ Full Throttle Saloon *no support
8/15: Glendale, AZ @ The University of Phoenix Stadium **w/ GUNS N’ ROSES**
8/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
8/18: Missoula, MT @The Wilma
8/19: Calgary, AB @Flames Central
8/20: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
8/21: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
8/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

 

More information on Zakk Wylde’s upcoming performance with Guns N’ Roses is available online now along with all of his latest tour updates, news, and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZakkWyldeBLS

 

 

 

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Zakk Wylde Adds More Dates To His “Book Of Shadows II” Tour

Courtesy: eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Zakk Wylde has added more dates to his current live schedule.

The veteran guitarist and Black Label Society front man announced recently a brand new schedule of live dates.  The new schedule, which is in support of his new album Book of Shadows II, launches this Friday, July 8th in Dallas, Texas and runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles, California.  The roughly eight-week tour will take Wylde across North America and Canada and even includes a stop in North Carolina along the way on Friday, July 22nd.  There also performances scheduled in Texas, New York, Ohio, Utah, and many other cities.  Jared James Nichols will serve as direct support throughout the tour at various dates along with Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.  Tickets and VIP packages are available now for all dates.  They can be purchased online now here.  The full schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below.  .

 

7/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
7/12: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/13: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
7/15: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
7/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls Theatre
7/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/20: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
7/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
7/23: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
7/24: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
7/28: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
7/29: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
7/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
7/31: Boston, MA @ Royale
8/2: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
8/4: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino *no support
8/7: Montreal, QC @ HEAVY MTL
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/11: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/13: Sturgis, SD @ Full Throttle Saloon *no support
8/15: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
8/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
8/18: Missoula, MT @The Wilma
8/19: Calgary, AB @Flames Central
8/20: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
8/21: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

 

More information on the latest dates on Zakk Wylde’s “Book Of Shadows II Tour” is available online now along with all of Zakk Wylde’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZakkWyldeBLS

 

 

 

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