Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Zakk Wylde at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom
Wylde is known for his wild guitar playing in Osbourne's band and Black Label Society, but his skills were used differently tonight at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom. As the lights dimmed and his band came out, fans cheered a silhouette of a man with a long beard, long hair and a tall top hat. Members of Black Label Society comprised the band: guitarist/keyboardist Dario Lorina, bassist John DeServio and drummer Jeff Fabb. They launched the set with an extended version of "Sold My Soul," with Wylde ripping at his trademark Warhammer guitar for about 10 straight minutes, including playing it behind his head and with his teeth like Jimi Hendrix. Halfway through the set, Wylde refueled with a 15-minute "Throwing It All Away," during which he walked through the audience while playing dizzying lead runs. The entire program was culled from his two solo albums, so most of the concert was surprisingly much milder than his reputation suggests; the audience was introduced to a softer, more introspective Wylde. Several songs featured Wylde on piano or acoustic guitar, and even on the electric songs the tempos were slow. The evening was not the concert of a metal master, but of a southern-style singer-songwriter with mean guitar licks.
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