Zakk Wylde Pens Book "Bringing Metal to the Children"
Posted by Michael Mueller on January 6, 2011 at 8:33 AM
If there's anyone in the metal business who knows more than a few stories about the excess and debauchery that can come with life on the road—and can offer tips on how to survive it all—it's king berserker Zakk Wylde. On May 10, Zakk will release Bringing Metal to the Children, described as a "handbook to all things heavy metal, via William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Zakk has released a promo clip for the book, which you can see below.
In this quasi-biographical account, the Black Label Society frontman and guitarist invites all who dare onto the tour bus for tales of glory, debauchery, and general mayhem, sharing what really goes on behind tour bus windows and backstage doors. The 25-year music vet details his survival techniques for maintaining a life on the road, managing a band of raging vikings, and somehow making it on stage and blowing the crowd away night after night.
Beginning with Wylde's "true rocker test" (TRT), the reader answers and self-scores ten questions to determine if he is a true rocker and should continue reading, or if he's just a complete tool who needs to hand the book to someone more metal. Wylde continues the journey with his epic stories about life on the road, using his Black Label Society (BLS) coaching techniques to instruct the reader on proper touring hygiene, pre-concert preparations, and post-show etiquette. The road stories include wild nights with many of heavy metal's gods including; Rob Zombie, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Alice In Chain's Mike Inez, Skid Row's Snake Sabo, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, professional wrestlers Chris Jericho, Bubba Dudley and Stone Cold Steve Austin, UFC Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin and of course the Godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne.
Bringing Metal to the Children also features Wylde's roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring "metal musician," as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus.