Zakk Wylde was asked by Linea Rock on what he learned about leading a band from all the years spent with Ozzy Osbourne and how he implemented it in Black Label Society, to which he replied:
“I really learned from Ozz. If Ozzy was a team owner or anything like that, he’d surround himself with great people and delegate the power.
“If Ozzy was president of the United States it would be like Ozzy’s not running the military and he’s not running the police department and he’s not running freeways and the roads – he delegates the power to people who know how to do that. Then you have advisers but you make the final decision. That’s how you run a business or you run a band or you run anything – you surround yourself with great people.
“Just like with Wylde Audio, doing the guitars, anything like that. Surround yourself with great people that know what they’re doing. I’m not building those guitars, I have people that are great guitar luthiers that are building them, but obviously I have a final say whether they’re done.”
Talking about how a lot of musicians went through BLS over the years, Zakk added:
“With Black Label, you can have your cake and eat it too. On the days you don’t play with Black Label, have your own bands, have your own hot-dog stand and your own landscaping business at the same time. But you always have a home here. I always consider it as a fraternity. You can always come and go.”