How Zakk Wylde’s audition tape made its way to Ozzy Osbourne
Thirty-five years ago, Zakk Wylde got a call while pumping gas to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band and he stayed on Ozzy’s call for years. Here’s how Zakk Wylde’s audition tape made its way to Ozzy Osbourne.
In an interview with Louder, Wylde reveals that he discovered Black Sabbath when his friend introduced him to the band when he was just 11 years old. We sold our soul for rock’n’roll and I was scared at first listening, but then I loved it.
Wylde riffs on a few different versions of how he got into the band. A false version is that he got into the band because he was Ozzy’s steroid dealer and gave him half to be in the band. But the real version is that Wylde was playing shows with his band Zyris when someone in the industry, Dave Feld, told him about auditioning for Ozzy after one show.
Feld asked him, “You know that Jake [E. Lee]just quit Ozzy’s band?” and they kept on saying how great it would be to have a tape for Ozzy. is this not ? We don’t know these fucking people – I have their posters, not their fucking phone numbers!”
Dave Feld apparently knew Mark Weiss, who did the photograph of Ozzy, and that’s how he got his. Shortly after, he was pumping gas when he received a phone call to join Ozzy’s group. A few weeks later, Wylde played his first show (which was an audition) with Ozzy at Wormwood Scrubs prison.
Whenever Ozzy first met Wylde, he swore he’d met him before, but that was because Wylde sent a Polaroid with his audition tape and that’s why he had l look familiar according to an interview with 93.3 WMMR. Ozzy asked him to change his pants and make him a ham sandwich during the audition, which Wylde continued to do for him over the years.
Ozzy is also how he got the name “Zakk Wylde” after joining the band. Wylde often felt like the Osbournes were his family. “Pretty much from the start – they’ve always treated me amazing,” says the guitarist who called Sharon ‘Mom’ and Ozzy ‘The Boss’.
He says his relationship goes far beyond the music and is “literally always a phone call away. If they need me to go feed the dogs while they’re on vacation? No problem. Need eggs and milk? I have this.”
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