Entertainment One (eOne) has licensed the complete back catalog of Black Label Society (BLS), the hard rock group led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde. In addition to the band’s last three albums which were released on eOne, the company has licensed the following titles: ‘Sonic Brew‘, ‘Stronger Than Death‘, ‘1919 Eternal‘, ‘The Blessed Hellride‘, ‘Hangover Music Vol. VI‘, ‘Mafia‘, and ‘Shot to Hell‘. Fans can expect these titles in never-before-released formats over the next few years.
eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock, Music, says, “I’m delighted to expand our partnership with Zakk and Black Label Society to now include all his amazing earlier work.”
Black Label Society have also announced the release of a re-imagined version of the band’s iconic 1999 debut LP, ‘Sonic Brew‘, on 17th May 2019 titled ‘Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19‘, original formula with enhanced flavour. This coincides with their “20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour,” a brand-new batch of 2019 North American tour dates in conjunction with the release.
“The original recording back in 1997 was mastered with high volume, alcohol, and dance,” says Wylde from his home studio. “We went in and worked off the existing performances and focused on the high volume and dance while replacing the booze with Viagra and anabolic steroids.”
The new, revitalised version will feature two new bonus tracks, a full band/piano version of ‘Spoke in the Wheel‘ and an acoustic version of ‘Black Pearl.’ Wylde continues, “I wanted to re-blend and re-choreograph this release to be the most brewtal and dance-tactic album since Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive” dominated the dance floor at Studio 54!”
The band will play two shows in each market – the first night will feature ‘Sonic Brew‘ played in its entirety, while the second night will see the band play a set of greatest hits. Support will come from Conan and The Atomic Bitchwax. Black Label Society will also participate in U.S. festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville on this run. This follows Zakk Wylde‘s run with Ozzy Osborne in the UK / Europe this February.
‘Sonic Brew‘ was initially released in Japan on October 28, 1998, and contained 13 tracks and a free Zakk Wylde guitar pick. The album was subsequently released in North America on May 4, 1999, with three bonus tracks including a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘No More Tears‘, recorded with bassist Mike Inez of Alice in Chains.
Last year Black Label Society soared into the charts with their album Grimmest Hits, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest-charting LP since 2009’s Order Of The Back. Grimmest Hits also reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music and Independent Charts, and #2 on the Rock Chart.
Wylde, is now reunited on stage with Ozzy Osbourne, whom he refers to as “the boss,” after an eight-year break. Wylde will kick off the U.K portion of the “No More Tours 2” tour tomorrow night in Dublin, Ireland at 3Arena. Tickets are on sale now.
One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.
Now with ten BLS studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Zakk Wylde rides ever forward, fist held high.
Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar
John DeServio – Bass
Dario Lorina – Guitar
Jeff Fabb – Drums