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Zakk Wylde: Guitar Gives Me ‘a Reason to Get Out of Bed Every Day’

Anne Erickson
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01.12.2012

There’s no question that Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde lives to make music. Hence, it’s hardly a shocker that in a recent chat with the AU Review, Wylde explained that without guitar, he’d have virtually no reason to get up in the morning.

“You have to have a reason to get out of bed every day, man,” he said. “You really do. Like, when my dad retired from General Motors, that was like the worst thing that ever happened to him. He was like lost. Once he got a job up at a gas station and he was back talking with people again, he had a reason to get up.

“I mean, if you and me opened up a lemonade stand, we’d have the one lemonade stand so let’s open up another one down the road and this and that, the whole thing is we gotta get more cups, we gotta get more stuff; it’s all about keeping our business going… ”

Wylde feels grateful that he gets to concoct hard-hitting metal music for a living. “I thank the good Lord every day,” he said. “I thank him when I wake up and when I go to bed. I thank him in the middle of the day. I’m definitely grateful for everything I have. Hands down.

“I don’t need a tragedy to happen to realize how blessed I am. I don’t need that. I don’t need to beat up an 80-year-old grandmother and do six years in jail to realize that beating up elderly people and stealing their money is really not a good thing.”

Wylde recently chatted with Gibson.com about his love for the Gibson name, and he also gave some tips for aspiring guitarists: “Learn the instrument and practice. What you put in, you’ll get back tenfold. If you practice for a half an hour, you’ll get a half an hour better.” Read the rest of our interview, here.

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