Zakk Wylde talked with Songfacts and he revealed his favorite new bands.
“Them Evils. They’re just a bunch of young guys and it’s all riff-based music, so it was pretty cool.
“I was so glad, because when you listen to a lot of new music it’s not really riff-driven, you know, with riffs like Cream, like ‘Sunshine of Your Love,’ or Sabbath, where everything’s based around a riff, and Zeppelin and stuff like that.
“It’s weird, it’s kind of like a lost art or people are just not into that. So, when you hear a younger bunch of artists that are into blues or into riffs, it’s just kind of like, ‘Oh wow.’ Just like the old saying, ‘Everything that’s old is new again’ – it’s been gone for so long, it’s almost like, ‘Wow, what’s that?'”
“Yeah, but even when Sabbath and Zeppelin were ruling the world, pop music was still dominating everything then. I think if you looked at the Grammys back in 1974 or ’73 when Zeppelin and Sabbath were just crushing everything, nobody even mentioned them, even though they were setting attendance records.
“Led Zeppelin was doing stadiums, a bigger attendance record than The Beatles when they played at Tampa Stadium, but they weren’t even at the Grammys. They weren’t even probably nominated.
“Yeah, that’s what rock and roll has always been. Rock and roll was never invited to that party, ever. It’s the way it’s always been and it’s almost like one of these snooty parties that your sister used to go to.
“My sister went to Catholic school and they’d have all these little rich girl parties that their friends would go to, that we never had anything in common with, so we’d be like the scumbag, dirt bag assholes. They’d never want to have anything to do with us.”
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