Guitar God Zakk wylde recently sat down with Guitar International, and said that quitting the booze wasn’t as hard as one might think.
“If you wanna quit smoking, just f—ing stop. If you wanna stop drinking, just f—ing stop. It’s that f—ing easy! You just grow up and out of it. Hey, we don’t throw rocks at cars anymore either. Enough is enough.”
Zakk recently gave up drinking after suffering a health scare with blood clots.
He admits that there may have been a few times while playing with Ozzytoward the end of his stretch with him that he maybe had one too many, but never to the point where he was “smashed” onstage.
He went on to say, “I did notice it creeping into the Black Label Societyshows and when I was Ozzy. After 20 years of playing with him, I’m sure he knew a few times. When it starts getting in the way of things, then you have to put a lid on it.”
Zakk also said that even when he was drinking, he always maintained an amount of professionalism when it came to performing live. He explains, “I was never wasted. I was never f—ing hammered until the end of the night when we were done doing our thing or when we had a 16-hour drive to the next city. I never got to the point where I didn’t remember what we talked about or what crazy s— we pulled.”
“Even during the ‘Animal House’ years when we were wall drinking heavily, everybody always answered the bell when the time came. No matter what they did. If we drank like a bunch of Navy Seals, we answered the bell like a bunch of Navy Seals. There was never any of that whinny crap, ‘I don’t wanna go onstage, I’m tired.’ If you have to be up at 8:30AM and you are walking in the door at 6AM, you take a nap and get your ass up and ready to roll. That’s just the way it goes.”
Zakk however insists that things haven’t changed much in terms of how much fun is had on the road. The only difference now is that he’s doing it without slamming back the booze.
He also says the way people act around him on the road hasn’t changed either, with everyone still taking advantages of the excesses they did before. But it’s because of his strong will that the transition hasn’t been difficult. He laughs, “I rule with General Patton and I got a set of balls. Everyone has so many lame motherf—ing excuses, it’s ridiculous.”
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