One of the albums that stuck out in our "Albums Celebrating their 20th Anniversary" retrospective was the debut Black Label Society album, Sonic Brew. It came out 20 years ago this May. Where the hell does the time go?
To celebrate, Wylde and company have announced the 20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour, which will see them play two shows in each market – one playing Sonic Brews in its entirety and the other playing a greatest hits set. Here are the dates:
Apr-24 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-25 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-27 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-28 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-30 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-01 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-04 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
May-06 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-07 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-11 Rockingham, NC Epicenter
May-14 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-15 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-17 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple
May-18 Clarksville, TN O’Connors
May-22 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
May-23 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Additionally, eOne has announced it will release Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19, which is being billed as a "reimagining" of the album. Zakk Wylde explains:
"The original recording back in 1997 was mastered with high volume, alcohol, and dance,’ says Wylde from his home studio. ‘We went in and worked off the existing performances and focused on the high volume and dance while replacing the booze with viagra and anabolic steroids.’
“The new re-blended version of Sonic Brew will feature two new bonus tracks, a full band/piano version of ‘Spoke in the Wheel’ and an acoustic version of ‘Black Pearl.’
“Wylde continues, although we wish he would stop, ‘I wanted to re-blend and re-choreograph this release to be the most brewtal and dance-tactic album since Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ dominated the dance floor at Studio 54!"
Additionally, eOne has announced they've acquired the entire BLS backcatalog, and "fans can expect these titles in never-before-released formats over the next few years.” Those albums include Stronger Than Death, 1919 Eternal, The Blessed Hellride, Hangover Music Vol. VI, Mafia, and Shot to Hell.