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Black Label Society

Live at Ozzfest, 2004, Alpine Valley, WI

Review by Gary Hill

Black Label Society is, for the uninitiated, Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde's band/solo project. The sound of the group these days is somewhere between Ozzy and Guns and Roses. This mix of sounds made them one of the least homogenous bands on the bill, and this added to their appeal to this reviewer.
Certainly, the listener was not about to think they were still hearing one of the previous groups. They played a highly energized show, and seemed to give it all they had. They were tight and on the money, and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it. As one would imagine, Wylde showed a lot of guitar wizardry, but he also showed that BLS is a band, and they play songs, not just glorified guitar solos. I saw BLS on Ozzfest several years ago, but don't really remember them, let alone remember enjoying them half as much as I did this time around.

Gary Hill
 
Gary Hill
   
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