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Black Label Society unplugs on latest album

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011

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Zakk Wylde and company are giving fans a different earful of Black Label Society these days.

The hard rockers, who released their heavy duty “Order of the Black” album in August, recently turned out “The Song Remains Not the Same,” which flips the coin and features acoustic-style, “unBlackened” versions of songs from that set as well as covers of favorites by Black Sabbath, Simon & Garfunkel, Blind Faith and others.

“That’s a part of us a lot of people don’t know about,” explains Wylde, 44, who’s also done two separate tours of duty as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and co-writer. “One day we were just playing around with this thing on piano and started singing ‘Parade of the Dead’ over it. We said, ‘Dude, this would be a killer version of it. Why don’t we just re-work all the heavy songs like this?’

“That’s why it’s called ‘The Song Remains Not the Same.’ Besides the fact we love Led Zeppelin, it’s saying the song’s still here, but not the same. The song’s different, the melody’s different, the only thing intact is the lyric. We feel like we should do this with every record now.”

Black Label Society is most definitely plugged in for the shows on its current Fuse Uranium Tour, but Wylde says the group is also looking forward making an “unBlackened” DVD later this year that will “go the whole nine yards.”

“ We’ll get a string quartet, a pedal steel player, background singers ... instead of just the band. We’ll do a small tour behind it as well. We have two (DVDs) that are the full-blown band, heavy insanity. This is just something different. So we’re planning right now how to do that.”

The Fuse Uranium Tour with Black Label Society, All That Remains, Hail The Villain and Anchored plays Tuesday, May 24, at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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