The first-ever Rock & Roll Roast took place on January 19 at The Grove in Anaheim, California. Roastmaster Sharon Osbourne and other metal-loving luminaries such as Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Jericho, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, as well as comedy and roast veterans Jim Norton, Brian Posehn, Jim Florentine and more all took aim at BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman and guitar icon Zakk Wylde, best known for his incredible axe chops, his golden locks and his signature Bullseye guitar line.
Norton's segment from the roast can be seen below.
"When we first met Zakk, he was 18 years old," Sharon said. "He was the most beautiful 18-year-old you've ever seen. He was just a fantastic kid. He is like our oldest son. That's what Zakk will always be. He's family."
When asked what it was that she saw in Zakk that makes him such a "guitar god," Sharon said, "He's just got it. He has that 'it' factor that makes you a star. You know, you can't define it, but he has this presence and he has this sound, as soon as he gets on that guitar, one note, you know it's the Wildman, you know who it is. And that's what makes guitar heroes — you know, that distinctive sound. And he has this strength that so few players today have, and that presence. And he's fucking nuts. [Laughs]"
Recaps of the Zakk Wylde roast can be found by following these links:
* Rolling Stone
* Guitar World
* The Orange County Register
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