Thread: Zack Wylde

alloak41 - 12/17/2007 at 05:34 AM

Far from a frequent guest, wanted to mention him because he played one show with the Brothers...

[Edited on 1/6/2008 by alloak41]

greggswoman - 12/24/2007 at 12:13 AM

Zakk played with the band for one show on August 1, 1993, while Dickey was incarcerated. Jackie joined the band in June of 1997.

ad3three - 7/1/2008 at 04:46 AM

I have a Guitar World Mag. where Zakk said that was his all time favorite show he ever played. He was a huge fan and one of the rodies knew him personally. When they asked does anybody know any guitar players he was the man that got the call. They flew him in and didn't have one practice with them. I heard it was a great show too.

jdorman60 - 8/13/2008 at 12:52 AM

Here is a thread from Dickey's site and a copy of my post. Zakk put on a great show that day with very little notice: ad&tid=3798

I think this show gets a bad rap. I was there and it was a lot of fun. Everyone was wondering what was going to happen, and how it was going to come off. Most people learned that Dickey wasn't going to be playing that very day. The show was on a Sunday after Dickey got arrested on Friday in NY and then went home to Florida on Saturday after they bailed him out.

So, then we heard that Zakk Wylde was going to be playing. I had never seen Zak played, but figured anyone coming into this situation was going to take a back seat. So when he started ripping it up (Wylde actually plays in an Allman Brothers tribute band when he has time) the crowd went crazy. It was obvious he was a huge Allman Bros fan and was enjoying himself immensely. Believe me, the crowd was loving it too. People seemed amazed that this guy could come in and put his own spin on these songs.

Here's what Steve Morse, a very reputable reviewer for the Boston Globe had to say at the time:

"Wylde acquitted himself well last night. he started overeager and anxious on the kickoff "Statesboro Blues," but settled down, picked his spots and was embraced by the crowd, which also showed its loyalty to the band by having only two people ask for ticket refunds."

"Wylde didn't need much help (from Haynes who huddled with him on stage and called out some chord changes). Playing a flashy guitar with a bulls-eye on it, he ripped off some supersonic solos, especially on "Dreams" (in which Haynes also roared on slide guitar) and a 20-minute "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."

"Serious Allmans fans, however, missed Betts more lyrical, country blues style, notably during a short acoustic set of the outlaw anthem "Midnight Rider" and the incomparably sweet "Melissa."

"Drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks rumbled along like psychic twins, reaching crescendoes (partly responding to Wylde's manic energy) that left the crowd wilted and exhausted from sheet exhilaration."

"It was a raw, primal night that lived up to the Allman's high standards....a night that fit right in with their survivalist legacy."

And that is exactly how I remember it. For the people who say it was the worst Allman Brothers show ever, or that they saw. I just have to disagree. It was at the very least, quite memorable.

Of course, the band ultimately didn't think Wylde fit in very well. I think it was either Warren or Gregg who was quoted as saying Wylde was "too flamboyant." He was supposed to play with them for the next two weeks, but that was his only show.

I would also love to see a video of this show. I'm sure that Great Woods (aka The Tweeter Center, now the Comcast Center) has it. I wonder what happens to tapes of all those shows.

RickyM - 1/23/2009 at 01:46 AM

Hello ! I was at that show in MA. It used to be called Great Woods. See the Brothers DVD from that venue. It is now called the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. Zak played because Dickey got arrested in NY for battery and being drunk. Zak was running all over the stage with his bullseye Les Paul in his crotch. I can still see the looks between Butch and the other Brothers as Zakk ran around the stage.The show must go on I guess, but I was sorely disappointed that Dickey wasn't there.Zakk really wasn't a good fit like Jimmy Herring was later.

CanPeach - 2/15/2009 at 03:43 AM

BrandonP - 2/16/2009 at 05:25 AM

No video of Zakk & ABB on youtube, BUT here is a pretty interesting one of him playing "One Way Out" at, what appears to be, a suburban strip mall in front of a Subway Sandwich store and possibly a Dress Barn (??!!). "OWO" kicks in at 6 mins into the video. 25A&playnext=1&index=12

PreachinBlues0 - 6/2/2009 at 03:06 AM

why did zakk wylde play with the allman brothers band...

er1016 - 1/28/2011 at 05:50 AM


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