Zakk Wylde's career is nothing short of spectacular. From Black Label Society to playing with Ozzy Osbourne, to paying tribute to Black Sabbath with Zakk Sabbath, Wylde is certainly a fixture in the genre. Now in an interview with Metal Hammer, Wylde reveals the Black Sabbath album that started it all for him… and by album, I mean compilation.
"It was [1975 compilation album] We Sold Our Soul For Rock'N'Roll, so not even a real Black Sabbath record! I was beyond terrified; I'd been raised Catholic and by halfway through that record I'd turned full Satanist. By the end I'd gone back to Catholicism just so's I could thank God for creating Black Sabbath, ha ha ha!"
Wylde also revealed how he got into Black Sabbath as a kid, which was all thanks to his buddy Tommy when they were all 11 years old. Feels like maybe we all owe Tommy a beer, right?
"Well, when I was 11 I discovered Black Sabbath. Before that I was a huge Elton John fan – still am – but when I was 11 years old I was in art class and my buddy Tommy was doing this sculpture of a jawless skull. It had a lightning bolt going through it and he'd written 'Black Sabbath 666' and I'm just like… 'What's that?!' He's like, 'It's a band my older brother listens to', and I knew I needed to hear it. I got my mother to buy the record and I was terrified when I first listened to it!"
Check out the full interview here.