Zakk Wylde’s ‘Book of Shadows II’ tour turns to Milwaukee

Legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde has hit the road again in support of his Book of Shadows II tour. Dialed way back in comparison to other endeavors such as those with Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne, Wylde’s current tour is zeroed in on his solo gritty Book of Shadows 2 album.

If you were expecting BLS Zakk Wylde you’d better turn back now. Blistering guitar solos aside, Wylde is showing a slightly different side on this tour. It’s not acoustic, but it’s not as screaming as what you’re used to seeing. Toned down rock-blues selections from Book of Shadows 2 combined with raining guitar solos fuse both worlds he’s known in. Dare I suggest a grittier version of Americana?

“Autumn Changes” appeared early in the set for Milwaukee while the easy knockouts of Book of Shadows 2 “Lost Prayer” and “Sleeping Dogs” closed out the night. The southern rock-bluesy new release from Wylde is his second solo studio release with “Sleeping Dogs” featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour.

Some from Book of Shadows 2 are ballads with the ‘Wylde’ twist. Many of the songs find Wylde centerstage lost deep in his music while others saw him topping speakers on either end of the stage or even in the middle of the crowd pouring through a blistering solo.

It’s a different element to see Zakk Wylde in. Usually he’s plowing through heavy metal rooted songs with Black Label Society, but in this case he takes on the southern blues-rock vibe equally as well. A mix of his calculated rock guitar training bodes will with the bluesy demands of the Book of Shadows albums.

Artists venturing away from their roots and group setting can often be a guaranteed disaster. Not the case for Zakk Wylde. There’s a way to his solo albums that mightily shows another side without over or under-doing it. Southern rock with a touch of blues aligns well given his other side.

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