During a conversation with Guitar World, ex-Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee talked about his touring plans in support of the new Red Dragon Cartel album “Patina,” saying:
“I don’t think there’s any firm commitments yet other than I know we’re going to Japan in April, and we’ll probably do an American tour before that. Other than that, nothing else is actually set.
“We’ll probably be doing bars and clubs, although we were hoping to go out on tour with somebody – ideally we wanted to do something with Zakk Wylde, because I just think that would be really cool to have two Ozzy guitar players together.”
Fans would love a double bill like that. Was the idea ever broached with Zakk’s camp?
“I think it was, with his management. Because I don’t know Zakk personally. I only met him once and that was when he was 19 – back when he was skinny and pretty, you know? [Laughs] But it’s been a long time since I’ve actually talked to Zakk.”
That one time you met him, was he already playing with Ozzy?
“Yeah. It was right after he got the gig. We were at some hotel in LA, I can’t think of the name, for a Badlands meeting. And Ozzy walked by. And then Zakk walked by and he introduced himself. And he was really cool. I mean, I had nothing against him.”
Did you guys chat at all? Was there any advice you offered him about the Ozzy gig?
“I mean, I had just gotten fired. What kind of advice could I give? [Laughs]”