Zakk almost died!
"Zakk Wylde had planned to spend the summer of 2009 touring with his band, Black Label Society, and performing a few gigs with his longtime boss, Ozzy Osbourne. But things didn't turn out as he'd planned. Two weeks before his August 22 date to play with Osbourne at the BlizzCon video game convention in Anaheim, Wylde learned he'd been replaced with Firewind guitarist Gus G.
'Ozz was saying everyithing I played made us sound like Black Label,' a bewildered Wylde says a few weeks after that missed date. 'I don't get that. But what - am I gonna be mad at him? I was just like, "All right, great Ozz. Play with whoever you want. I'll always be there if you need me."'
Just days after hearing that he'd been dismissed by Ozzy, Wylde received some far more alarming news. Following a performance in Omaha, Nebraska, he experienced severe pain in the back of his left calf. A hospital visit revealed he had three life-threatening blood clots, which eventually passed through his heart and into his lungs. 'The doctors said I should have died,' he says. 'I was in the hospital for three days, and they put me on a drip and gave me injections in my stomach.'
Black Label Society canceled the last nine dates of their tour, but in September Wylde's doctor gave him the okay to perform a show on Halloween in New York to promote his new Epiphone coffin-shaped guitar, the Graveyard Disciple. [...]