Guitar World held the magazine’s first-ever Rock Roll Roast with inaugural honoree Zakk Wylde. Presented by Epiphone guitars and sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, EMG pickups, Revolver magazine, Marshall amplification, Dunlop, Eagle Rock and Samson, the exclusive event took place last Thursday night (January 19) at The Grove in Anaheim, California; a portion of all proceeds will go to the MusiCares charity. Zakk Wylde was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver magazine.
Roastmaster Sharon Osbourne and other metal-loving luminaries such as Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Jericho, ANTHRAX‘s Scott Ian, SLIPKNOT‘s Corey Taylor, as well as comedy and roast veterans Jim Norton, Brian Posehn, Jim Florentine and more all took aim at the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman and guitar icon, best known for his incredible axe chops, his golden locks and his signature Bullseye guitar line.
An Artisan News report on the first-ever Rock Roll Roast can be seen below. Also available is a four-and-a-half-minute video roast by retired American professional wrestler The Ultimate Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig).
Recaps of the Zakk Wylde roast can be found by following these links:
Sample stingers from Thursday night’s event follow below.
Comedian Brian Posehn to Chris Jericho: “Comedy is hard, isn’t it? Stick to sucking at everything else.”
Comedian Jim Norton to Scott Ian: “You look like Ben Kingsley eating a raccoon.” [referencing the ANTHRAX guitarist’s trademark beard.]
Current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. to Zakk Wylde: “Zakk, I grew up learning all of your riffs and solos. Then I learned how to play real music.”
Scott Ian on Zakk Wylde: “Zakk‘s guitar playing is way less diatonic and way more gin and tonic.”
Zakk Wylde on Sharon Osbourne: “There’s a lot of faces up here, and Sharon‘s is probably the newest. I’m kidding, Mom. You don’t look a day over artificial.”
Zakk Wylde on Scott Ian: “Scott‘s been playing lots of poker lately, and like ANTHRAX, they can both barely pull a full house.”
Zakk Wylde on Corey Taylor: “Corey Taylor was in a TENACIOUS D cover band called PUGNACIOUS P. Now he’s in a NICKELBACK cover band called STONE SOUR.”
Brian Posehn to Scott Ian: “So you’re responsible for LINKIN PARK and LIMP BIZKIT [thanks to ANTHRAX‘s early collaboration with PUBLIC ENEMY on a remake of ‘Bring The Noise’]. On behalf of everybody, (screw) you.”
Artisan News report:
The Ultimate Warrior‘s roast of Zakk Wylde: