Was Ozzy’s Guitarist Search Just A Negotiating Tool With Zakk?

A representative for Ozzy Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding Ozzy’s previously announced guitarist search: “Ozzy would like to thank everyone who took the time to send in submissions to be his new guitar player. At the time we announced the search, Zakk Wylde’s itinerary with Black Label Society was quite overwhelming. Fortunately, Zakk has now been able to go back and rearrange his schedule to make sure that he would be available to write, record and tour with Ozzy in 2006 and beyond. Therefore, the search for a new axe man has been called off. We sincerely apologize to all of the talented musicians (and there were lots of them) who were excited by this incredible opportunity and we wish you the best of luck with all of your future musical endeavors.”

OzzFest 2005 Hits Holmdel

Black Label Society, Iron Maiden, Mastodon, Mudvayne, Rob Zombie, and Shadows Fall performed at OzzFest 2005 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on Tuesday (July 26). Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage.

Zakk Wylde Chats With Time Off

Australia’s Time Off magazine spoke with Zakk Wylde about the latest Black Label Society album ‘Mafia’, which has already become their most well received full-length to date, debuting in the US at number 1 on the Billboard Independent album chart. “When I make a record, I just do the best job I can at that moment in time,” Wylde said of the effort. “It’s not that I’m not proud of all the other records. I was still doing the best I could on those records. Just give it your best shot and wherever the chips lay, man, that’s it… you just try and write some kick-ass songs and you just call it a fu**ing day after that. It is what it is.”

MuchMusic VJ’s Best Moment Of ’04: Meeting Dimebag

MuchMusic asked their VJ’s what their best moments were in 2004, and Matt Wells talked about hanging out with former Pantera / Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was murdered on stage in Columbus, Ohio last month. “Before December 8th my favorite moment of my 10 years in the music industry was by far meeting, interviewing and playing a gig with Slayer and Damageplan in St. John, NB,” Wells said. “This is still the highlight of my music-related life, but it has a whole new meaning for me now in the wake of Dimebag’s tragic death. He was one of the nicest dudes I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, a legend in music who was just a regular guy and seemed to have the same passion for people as he did for music. Dimebag invited us into their dressing room, quenched us with shooters, told us cool stories as we all listened to Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. As a music fan it was the thrill of a lifetime that I will never forget. Wherever you are Dimebag – thanks and I’m drinking one for you.”

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Ozzfest In New York

Black Label Society, Judas Priest, Slayer, and Superjoint Ritual performed at Ozzfest on Wednesday (July 14) at Jones Beach in Wantaugh, New York. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.