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The Black Label Society mainman shows his mellower side.

What inspired your sequel to Book Of Shadows? Was it its twentieth anniversary? GN’R took fifteen years to make Chinese Democracy. Once we beat fifteen years and hit twenty, I figured now is the time.

To those who only know your work with Ozzy and/or Black Label, Book Of Shadows II could be quite a surprise?

That side of what I do has always been there, from [Ozzy’s] Mama I’m Coming Home to In This River, the song I did for Dimebag Darrell. I love picking up an acoustic guitar.

The album channels your love of the Allmans and Neil Young. Who else is in the melting pot?

Oh… Van Morrison, The Band, The Eagles. And Wild Horses by the Stones.


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