Zakk Wylde took on a heavy load when securing the axe slinging reigns for Ozzy Osbourne. Having all the respect in the world for his predecessors, Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee, in due time he earned the respect of metal fans everywhere. His Black Label Society motto, SDMF: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever, has become a lifestyle, as Zakk is known to live life to the fullest, complete with guitars, beer, and custom built motorcycles.
One question posed to him was: Categorize your musical taste, and what has influenced your own musical style. His answer:
Zakk: It’s basically a lot of what I’ve been listening to over the years. It’s all been an influence on me. I’ve listened to everything from Black Sabbath to Zeppelin to Creedence, Elton John, and Neil Young. When I’m lifting weights I’ll listen to Meshuggah and Ministry, and when mellowing out on the bus I’ll listen to Coldplay.
Read the full interview here