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Happy Birthday to Zakk Wylde – Born on January 14, 1967
Zakk Wylde and Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss perform “Born To Be Zakk Wylde” at Mark’s 60th birthday party in Rumson, New Jersey.
Three decades ago Zakk was playing in a small club in New Jersey when Dave Feld aka “Face” approached the guitar player after the first set was over. Dave told Zakk that he was with Ozzy and Sharon the night before looking at a guitar player with his good friend Mark Weiss who was Ozzy’s photographer. Face continues to tell Zakk how good he was and that he will talk to Mark to get him an audition. As soon as Face got home he called Mark and told him he found Ozzy’s new guitar player. Weiss told Face to have Zakk come up to his studio in New York City and bring a tape because Ozzy will be coming to look at photos. Mark told Face to tell Zakk to bring a guitar and amp just in case. Weiss said, “I mentioned to Sharon that Face found a guy and thinks he has what it takes. Sharon told me that they would be up in the afternoon to look at the pics and that they would be happy to meet him. While I worked in my office, Zakk waited patiently in the makeup area where he plugged in and practiced. After a few hours, Sharon called to tell me that Ozzy is having dinner with Andre the Giant and that they would be by after. I set up my studio and took a few rolls of film of Zakk while we waited. Another couple of hours went by. Still no Ozzy. Then a little after midnight Sharon called to tell me that Ozzy and Andre the Giant got into a drinking competition and they both passed out. Sharon said they had a flight in the morning to go back to England and that I should leave the tape and a photo at the front desk. When they landed she called me and told me to bring him to audition for Ozzy in California”.
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