HUNTINGTON, New York, Mar. 26
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Two years ago, Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif., was delivered a gift by heavy-metal band Black Label Society. That gift was the Unblackened tour – a one-time-only show that spawned a live-acoustic video album of the same title released on March 6, 2013.
Now, Black Label Society – and its founder, Zakk Wylde – are finally getting the chance to deliver the tour across the United States, and the very first stop is set for The Paramount on April 3.
“It’s such a great theater. We’re going to get there and just hash it out,” Jeff Fabb, current Black Label Society drummer, said. “I love playing there; it’s especially great for me [as a Long Island native] since all of my childhood friends can come out to see me without going into Manhattan.”
Fabb, of Mattituck, became Black Label Society’s drummer last year after being a friend of Wylde and the band for several years and formerly serving as the drummer of metal-band In This Moment.
“It’s been amazing,” Fabb said of joining Black Label Society. “They’re all so much fun to hang out with and great musicians… We just kick it and listen to music most of the time.”
Black Label Society – officially formed by Wylde, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, in 1998 with a debut studio release, “Sonic Brew” – has been praised for its hard rock and heavy metal sounds. Powerful guitars and even stronger vocals have led Black Label Society to nine studio releases since 1998 – including the most-recent “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” which hit U.S. shelves on April 8, 2014. Praised by critics, the album also peaked at no. 1 on the United States Billboard Hard Rock chart and has sold more than 50,000 copies to date.
“Unblackened,” however, has been acclaimed for straying from the traditional-Black Label Society sound. Wylde and current band members John DeServio (bass), Dario Lorina (guitar) and Fabb breathe an intimate feeling into old Black Label Society classics and even songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album, “Book of Shadows” and his southern-rock band, Pride & Glory. Upon its 2013 release, the video album peaked at no. 5 on the United States Billboard Video chart and was accompanied by a single, “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.”
“You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh,” Wylde said in a press release. “The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically – the tunes are gritty regardless… I always wanted to take Unblackened on the road; we just didn’t have the time until now.”
Alongside Black Label Society, special-guest Wino is also set to take The Paramount’s stage for the April 3 show.
Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from the box office or at http://www.paramountny.com for $22-$45.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015; A9)