Wait… What?: Zakk Wylde Reveals That Drinking May Have Actually Saved His Life

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In a past video interview with Loudwire (as part of their Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? game), Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde shared that drinking may have actually saved his life. It isn’t everyday that you hear that drinking alcohol actually saved someone!

As part of the Wikipedia game, the interviewer brings up to Wylde a detail on his Wikipedia page that involves a hospitalization back in 2009 due to blood clots, and that he stopped drinking alcohol and hasn’t drank since. At this point in any Loudwire Wikipedia game, this is when the artist clarifies if a said statement is fact or fiction. That said, Wylde doesn’t state whether that point is truth or not at first – he just goes into explaining the story.

At one point, Wylde speaks to the conversation he had with his doctor; as the doctor is telling him what could have caused these blood cots, the doctor brings up Wylde’s parents (specifically asking if his parents also had similar issues). The guitarist says he is not sure, to which, per Wylde, the doctor says: “If you got this from your parents, as if this was hereditary… then that means all your years of drinking, and thinning your blood, may have saved your life.”

That is surreal to imagine – typically, as a society, we are used to hearing about negative impacts that drinking can have on people. But per the Black Label Society guitarist, this is what his doctor said. If you want to hear him share this story for himself, you can check out the video below.

In other Zakk Wylde news, the guitarist will be taking part in the upcoming 2023 Pantera shows. He was recently interviewed about his role in the band and shared how excited he is to play alongside the other members. Black Label Society have also just kicked off a major tour with Anthrax and Hatebreed. If you are interested in seeing the band live, below you will find all their upcoming tour dates.

7/28 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
7/29 – The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
7/30 – Heart Health Park, Sacramento, CA
8/1 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
8/2 – Midland Theater, Kansas City, MO
8/4 – Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana, Gary, IN
8/5 – Oshkosh Arena, Oshkosh, WI
8/6 – The Fillmore, Minneapolis, MN
8/8 – Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX**
8/9 – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
8/11 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
8/12 – House of Blues, Orlando, FL
8/13 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
8/15 – The Andrew J Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
8/16 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
8/18 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
8/19 – Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY
8/20 – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI**
8/22 – StageAE Outside, Pittsburgh, PA
8/23 – History, Toronto, ON  CANADA
8/24 – Amphitheatre Cogeco, Trois Riviere/Montreal, QC
8/26 – Coney Island Amphitheater, Brooklyn, NY
8/28 – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA**

** Hatebreed will not appear on these dates.