Zakk Wylde Treats Fans to an Intimate Evening of Music, Stories + Laughs in New York
Legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde just wrapped up three nights of intimate shows at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York this past week. Earlier in the week he performed with the Les Paul Trio, but for his final date it was just the Black Label Society frontman and his longtime cohort Nick Cantanese.
The last night was a special one for both Wylde and his fans. When one goes to see Zakk Wylde it’s more than a performance, and the ‘An Evening With Zakk Wylde’ shows drove that home. A cross-section of the crowd shows the impact of his music, as generations of grandparents, moms, dads, teens and younger kids were all in attendance this night.
The acoustic performance, which also featured his “evil twin” Nick Cantanese, started off with ‘The Blessed Hellride,’ ‘Queen of Sorrow,’ and ‘Machine Gun Man.’ Wylde also treated fans to a moving piano performance of ‘In This River’ along with ‘The Damage Is Done,’ giving the show a different kind of vibe than the normal BLS performances.
Not only is Wylde a talented multi-instrumentalist, but he can shoot the s— with the best of them. He had the New York crowd smiling from ear to ear while he shared stories and memories of the late Dimebag Darrell, Les Paul and Layne Staley.
A few fans even got the chance to ask questions during a brief Q&A with Wylde, although at this point much of the crowd had more than a few drinks in them. When asked why he decided to be religious, Wylde wittily replied that the decision came from all the years of satanic rituals and orgies while on the road with Ozzy Osbourne.
The night ended with an incredible acoustic rendition of ‘Stillborn’ that resonated not only throughout the venue but seeped deep into the mind, heart and soul for every music fan in the club.