Probably the closest he’s done this to the studio recording in a ‘live’ setting yet. Love that the dude has had the same pedalboard for so long and just does his thing without a lot of fuss. Right when I first started playing guitar, Ozzmosis came out and MTV played the “Perry Mason” video nonstop, it blew my f*cking mind. I was all about Gilmour/EJ back then and I’d never heard such, pun intended, wild sounds coming from a guitar. Just walls of guitars with these huge pick slides and these squeals I had no clue could even come from a guitar.
Shortly after I rent the Live And Loud VHS from Blockbuster (ha…that idea in itself is humorous these days) and that’s when I really became a Zakk fanatic. I was a pudgy 14 year old but still wanted to rock a pair of leather pants with no shirt…..man, I really wish I would have attempted it just so I’d have pics to laugh at now. Nonetheless, his playing style just grabbed me and pulled me in, the manhandling of the strings, that huge vibrato and those pinch harmonics!
I know he gets sh*t for overusing them, but I don’t believe there’s such a thing.
I was down with the first few BLS albums but tapped out around the 4th one. I forgot how much I dug the first several until I recently listened to them and remembered there’s some sick riffs in there. I wasn’t a big fan of the drunken biker period where he was taking himself a bit too seriously, but once he quit drinking and went full goofball he’s like having that crazy uncle who just makes you laugh all the time. I’m just glad he finally stopped talking about the Kardashian Diet Ass shake in every interview.
Definitely wish he still mixed up some country licks in his leads, that was what really set him apart from other guitarists for me. No More Tears, the whole album, is my pinnacle Zakk era. Dude is definitely in my top 5 favorite guitarists and I was fortunate to catch him with Ozzy around 2018 or so. Then I saw him again doing an “acoustic set” and ended up walking out about 30 minutes into it because he was plugged into his pedalboard and just wanking between songs for far too long, I was hoping for a night of “Machine Gun Man” and I basically got BLS without drums.