Black Label Society at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL

Black Label Society kicked off the first of two nights at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall for a night of celebration.

Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society brotherhood marked the 20-year anniversary of Sonic Brew by playing the 1999 debut album in its entirety for the Chicago crowd. Each stop on this celebratory tour will see them performing two nights. On the first night, they will perform Sonic Brew and on the second night, the band will play a selection of their greatest hits.

Zakk Wylde has been a busy man of late, having been on the road with both Ozzy Osbourne and Generation Axe. This time around, however, it’s Black Label Society’s turn in the spotlight as this limited run of shows brings their career highlights to the fans.

As you would expect from a Wylde show, performing on the stage is never enough for the larger than life frontman, and as is his style, he pulled his trademark move by taking the performance out into the crowd. No matter how many times you see him wander through the crowd while playing his guitar, even playing it behind his head, you can’t fail to be impressed by the stellar guitar skills and the fact that he never misses a single note. 

Wylde’s bluesy riffs and dulcet vocals grabbed and held everyone’s attention throughout the set. He was joined onstage by his fellow Black Label Society bandmates, longtime bassist John DeServio, rhythm guitarist Dario Lorina and drummer Jeff Fabb who rounded out the sound of the iconic album.

This limited tour continues on until May 23 when they wrap it up at the El Rey in Los Angeles. With two shows per location, be sure to get yourself along. Heck, with both shows being different, why not get yourself along to both?!

PHOTOS BY: Ed Spinelli

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About Kirstine Walton 386 Articles
Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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