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|· What does SDMF stand for?
Society Dwelling Mother Fucker and Strength Determination Merciless Forever
|· What does GIFD stand for?
Get It Fucking Done
|· How can I contact Zakk and the band?
You can contact Zakk by going to his official website www.ZakkWylde.com. There is contact info there for him. You can also contact him on his twitter account at www.twitter.com/zakkwyldebls
|· How do I get patches/vests/wristbands/guitarstraps?
Back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s It used to be that the vests and BLS patches were controlled by Zakk, and only given to people that he feels have earned the right to wear them, specifically people directly associated with the band. But now, anybody can get vests through Red Monkey Designs or at the Official Black Label Society Store. There are also many links on this site to purchase the patches from Amazon.
|· How do I start or join a Chapter?
The BLS “Chapters” system is not any sort of official club or organization, it is just a way to describe a BLS fan from a certain area. For example, if you are a BLS fan and live in New Jersey, you are automatically a member of the New Jersey Chapter. Please note that there are no “chapter leaders”, “chapter presidents”, or anything of the sort and there never will be. (Most likely there would be too much drama involved) Anybody claiming to be are just people with a little too much time on their hands and think they belong to something greater than they actually do.
|· When is BLS going to come to my state/city/country?
Any information we have on tour dates can be found in the tour dates section (obviously). If they aren’t there, chances are you won’t find them on the message board or by emailing me either, because we don’t know! The only other place would be Zakks official site, ZakkWylde.com, but there is usually no difference between the 2 websites tour dates because we get the same information from the same people. So essentially, tour dates are posted as soon as we know them. Please do not email us or post on the message board asking if BLS is going to play a certain country or venue because we dont know. If it’s not on the tour dates page, it’s not going to happen.
|· What happened to TBLO? (The Black Label Order)
BLS stopped their affiliation on July 1, 2012. News across the web says that they were (and still are) selling unauthorized BLS merch behind Zakk’s back.
Zakk posted a separation statement on Twitter and Facebook:
I want to clear up any confusion about whether Black Label Society (BLS)
Let it be known in no uncertain terms that BLS and I are NO LONGER
And just in case anyone doubts who is sending this, it’s no one other
This was about a year later from Barbaranne Wylde (Zakk’s wife):
|· Where is Philth?
After the Japanese tour ended on June 21st 2000, the US tour began right away and there was no break. The entire band came back from Japan sick. The first show was June 23rd, to a packed crowd at The Sun Theater in Anaheim California. About 5 songs into the set, Philth collapsed from his kit due to his stomach flu and exhaustion. Craig Nunenmacher of the band Crowbar (who were touring with BLS) came back on stage and played a few Sabbath songs with BLS, and the show ended. The next 2 shows were cancelled, and then the band returned, playing what some say were their best shows to date. When BLS got to Indiana on July 6th, 2000, about 3 songs into the set, there was a brawl on stage between Zakk and Philth, and Philth was fired from the band. They did a few Sabbath songs with Craig on drums again, and he replaced Philth as BLS’ drummer from that point on. Zakk and Philth are friends again, I was even hanging out and drinking with the both of them on Zakk’s tourbus in 2003.
|· Does Zakk write all of his music for BLS or does anyone else contribute?
No, Zakk writes all the music for Black Label Society.
|· What do the numbers and circles in the BLS skull mean / where did the skull come from?
It’s a phrenology skull. Phrenology was the study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal character and mental capacity.
Related reading: http://skepdic.com/phren.html
|· How did Zakk get the job for Ozzy’s band?
Zakk got the job playing for Ozzy when Ozzy’s photographer (Mark Weiss) saw Zakk play and suggested that he audition for Ozzy. Zakk is not now, nor has he ever been, Ozzy’s drug dealer. That was a joke Zakk has made during various interviews. Zakk does not smoke weed or cigarettes either.
|· What’s up with the patches and MCs?
The following was written up by fellow board member “DaveUK” back in 2005. (Keep in mind that this is a worldwide problem, not just the UK!)
Attention to all UKSDMFer’s. Please read this information. As many of you may or may not know, there are some serious issues in the UK regarding the Black Label Society back patches, and the Motor Cycle clubs of Britain.
Since the BLS patches first started to appear in the UK, there has been a hostile response to them from the MC’s. However, up until the summer of 2005 the situation was largely not known about by BLS fans. This situation changed dramatically in Manchester during the 2005 tour. As any BLS fan will know a small contingent of Satan’s Slaves MC’s turned up at the Manchester show to vent their hostility towards the wearing of the BLS patches. It culminated in the show being canceled.
Since then, things have gone from bad to worse.
The Manchester incident was seen by the MC’s of Britain as a clear warning and message to Zakk and BLS that the 3 piece back patch set, which is copied from the kind of 3 piece back sets that MC’s have to earn, was unacceptable in the UK without either permission or clearance to display it and wear it from the leading MC’s of Britain. Despite repeated attempts by UK fans to address this issue on the official zakkwylde.com forums, to date no permission or clearance has been sought, and no statement regarding the matter has been made. It must be pointed out that UK fans now know that this was in no way Zakks fault. The seriousness of the matter was never brought to his attention by the staff of his forums. The matter has since been brought to Zakks attention through dialogue with a leading representative of the UKSDMF forum, RoadRunner UK, and Zakks European promoter. Zakk and his management are said to be deeply concerned and are in the process of making a statement.
The British based BLS tribute band Sonic Brew, and the owner of the UKSDMF forum have been in contact with the two leading British MC’s, Hells Angels and Outlaws. Both MC’s have been extremely helpful, patient and courteous in this matter. They have made it clear that they have nothing against UK BLS fans, and have no wish for any conflict with us (what a relief). Their issue is solely with the patches and BLS insignia. They have made it clear that should they see anyone wearing them, they WILL remove them and confiscate them. Therefore it is strongly advised that no one in the UK should be seen either wearing or displaying BLS back or front patches, or any T shirts or other clothing displaying BLS insignia until the situation is resolved. Doing so will only put oneself at risk and inflame the situation even further.
|· What is The BLS Vest Incident?
Many of you may have seen a video on YouTube, Facebook, or somewhere else online from an MTV special in 2004/2005 about Zakk getting pissed off at Ozzfest because someone wore this guy Dave’s BLS vest. It was totally scripted. It was not real. It was just an act for the video that they were shooting. At this time, the band was actively selling the patches online and Zakk was no longer in control of who earned vests/patches.