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Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt (Born January 14, 1966 in Bayonne, New Jersey), better known as Zakk Wylde, is a guitar virtuoso and the lead guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne's band. He has also found success playing lead guitar and singing in his own band Black Label Society, a frequent mainstay of the Ozzfest tour. Black Label Society also features guitarist Nick Catanese who often doubles Zakk's parts, and until recently bassist Robert Trujillo. Trujillo departed in 2003 to replace Jason Newsted as bassist for Metallica.
Known for his unique guitar skills and style shown in songs like Speedball, Zakk has been voted "Most Valuable Player" for three successive years in the "Guitar World" (US) magazine polls. In 2005, he was also voted "Best Metal Guitarist", "Number 1 Shredder" and received the "Metal Hammer" (UK magazine) "Riff Lord" and "Golden God" awards.
Zakk and his wife, Barbaranne, have 3 children and live outside of Los Angeles. He was a close friend of the deceased Dimebag Darrell since 1993, exchanging guitars in admiration for one another as fellow guitarists. Dimebag had given Zakk o...