Zakk Wylde Performed at The Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 11, 2016.
Zakk Wylde has been a touring beast this year with Experience Hendrix and Generation Axe. Now he is touring again as a “solo” act for and “acoustic” show. I am a huge fan of Zakk and I will take every opportunity I have to cover him if he is within 100 miles of my office. Why quoted? It is Zakk for sure and the bonus is that his back-up band is Black Label Society. The significant difference for this tour is that the Book of Shadows 2 Tour is a dialed down version BLS. Book of Shadows is not a true acoustic show, but definitely a much more subtle approach to his music than I am accustomed to. It was a nice change from BLS with the addition of a piano and harmonica. The first song, where I spent my time in the pit photographing him was “Sold My Soul” which was a 15-minute exercise of his skills as a guitarist. I could not take enough photos. I left the pit and enjoyed the rest of the show, which highlighted Zakk getting behind the piano for “Road Back Home.”
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On tour with Zakk Wylde were Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, from Nashville, Tennessee, with high energy, dirty rock and roll the way I like it. They crushed their set and the band did not show signs of fatigue for 45 minutes. There was a definite blues influence in their music and they credited several blues musicians as guides to their style.
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The first band of the night, supporting Zakk Wylde, from East Troy, Wisconsin was Jared James Nichols. The very first thing I noticed was the way with which Jared played lead guitar…without a pick. He finger played the entire set without wincing and it was a blistering set. I could hear the influences of Ted Nugent, Nazareth, and Mountain in their style and I hoped that at some point in their set they would play “Mississippi Queen”. They did and that left me satisfied with their set.
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This show was a great display of musicianship and down-and-dirty rock and roll.
Photos courtesy of Winsel Photography in Omaha, Nebraska. ©2016.
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