Words by: Robert Sutton
Images by: Robert Sutton Photography
This is a tour is to promote the recently released new album ‘Book of Shadows II’ and it comprises of many dates in Europe in the near future but there was only one UK date on the tour and this was at the O2 Forum Kentish Town London on the 25th May. Support for the night was from Jared James Nichols.
Jared James Nichols: Is actually a three piece band comprising of Jared James Nichols ( guitar and vocals), Erik Sandin (bass) and Dennis Holm (drums). They have an EP to their name titled ‘Old glory and the wild revival’ and a new single being released in early June, ‘Don’t you try’. They played some quite heavy blues rock songs of their own and as well as a couple of covers, ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ ( Ted Nugent cover) and ‘Wishing Well’ (Free cover). I thought that they were a good opening act and even though I did like the covers, do think that they should have just played their own material, with perhaps only one cover.
Zakk Wylde: I think most people will have heard of Zakk Wylde, but just in case you are not too sure, he was a former guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne , founding member of Black Label Society and known for his flying V Gibson Les Paul Custom guitars. As a solo artist he has released two albums ‘Book of Shadows’ back in 1996 and has now just released ‘Book of Shadows II’. Unlike his work with Ozzy Osbourne and BLS, Zakk’s solo work is much lighter and has a more melodic style to it.
The band came onto the stage to a good sized audience, but it was not, by quite a way, a sold out show, however this gave the audience more room to move rather than being packed in like sardines…They opened with ‘Autumn Changes’ the first track from the new album, they followed this with the second and then also the third track from the new album. They then played ‘Road Back Home’ and ‘Sold my Soul’ from his first album.
After playing ‘Yesterday’s Tears’ from the new album we were then treated to a super Zakk Wylde solo, where he came down from the stage and walked amongst the audience whist playing his guitar, first on one side of the crowd and then back to the front of stage before going into the crowd again on the other side of the venue.
The evening continued with a mix of songs from the two albums but I did wonder after ‘The King’ had been played as to what would happen as by then it was spot on 11pm and officially curfew time..But in another bands words….’The band played on’… and they continued with ‘Lost Prayer’ and finished with ‘Sleeping Dogs’.
There was not a great deal of interaction between Zakk and the audience throughout the night, with just a quick ‘Thank you’ to the applause at the end of each song. There were no little tales or stores from him, no pyro and not even a bit of smoke…For me, whilst the music is, and was, the main thing, it did lack a bit of zest as a ‘show’ and was missing that little something extra to go home to talk about later. However it was great musically and really showed off just how great a guitarist Zakk is.
1: Autumn Changes
2: Tears of December
3: Lay Me Down
4: Road Back Home
5: Sold My Soul
6: Yesterday’s Tears
7: Between Heaven and Hell
8: Darkest Hour
9: Throwin’ it all Away
10: Dead as Yesterday
11: Eyes of Burden
12: Way Beyond Empty
13: The King
14: Lost Prayer
15: Sleeping Dogs