Zakk Wylde Talks About Writing With Guns N’ Roses in the Mid 90’s
Back in early 1995, Zakk Wylde jammed with Guns N’ Roses as a possible replacement for rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke. It was about a two week period but nothing materialized. In a recent interview Wylde talked about that period with Revolver magazine saying:
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“We had done Ozzmosis with the Boss [Ozzy Osbourne] and then in between I was writing. At night, I go across over to this bar called Bruise that was there in New York City. They had the Stones on the jukebox, Van Morrison, the Band, Eagles, Bad Company, Neil Young. So I’d be jamming to that all night and then I crawl back to my hotel room which was right next to the pub.
Then I’d end up writing tunes. That’s how that Book of Shadows [1996 solo album] thing came about, because it was just writing mellow acoustic stuff. After we did Book of Shadows and I toured I was like, ‘Well, what am I going to do now?’ Because I didn’t think I was ready to be James Taylor yet, you know what I mean? Sitting on an acoustic for the rest of my days. I still wanted to do the heavy stuff.
In between there as well I was jamming with the GN’R guys and I had these riffs laying around. Nothing was happening with the GN’R thing so I was like, ‘What am I going to do? Well, I’ll just sing on these myself.’ I got in touch with Phil [Ondich, drummer, first two BLS records] and then we went down to Florida and recorded the album. Here we are 20 years later.”
Could you imagine how weird it would have sounded if Wylde joined Guns N’ Roses and played on a Guns N’ Roses album?