Zakk Wylde Recalls Jamming With Slash at Guns N’ Roses Audition
If things had worked out differently, Zakk Wylde could have ended up joining Guns N' Roses in the '90s.
During some bonus footage taped during his recent visit to That Metal Show, which aired April 11, Wylde recalled his audition for the band, noting that even though they ultimately decided a twin-lead guitar approach wasn't going to work, he still looks back on the experience fondly.
"We just had some ideas laying around and stuff like that, but nothing amounted to where Axl [Rose] sang on stuff and had lyrics written and everything like that," says Wylde in the above video. "We just had riffs lying around and stuff like that." Regardless of how far it went, he adds, "It was great hanging out. 'Cause all the guys were there, you know what I mean? It was Slash, Axl, Duff [McKagan], Dizzy [Reed], Matt [Sorum]; it was all the guys. We were all jamming and stuff like that. It was a good time."
Saying the jam took place when "nothing was going on" in his career and he hadn't yet joined up with Ozzy Osbourne, Wylde suggests his brush with GNRdom was one of several steps that led to him starting a solo career. "I just had a batch of riffs and ideas laying around. I just said, 'I'll do it myself,'" he recalls. "And that's when Black Label Society was born. And that's why I'm still living in a van down by the river. I figured 'Maybe I wanna do this myself.'"
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