It's rare to go to a jazz club and see a large number of metal fans, seated and taking in the music quietly. It almost seems wrong, but in this case, everything went just fine. Every Monday night, The Les Paul Trio, comprised of guitarist Lou Pallo, bassist Nicki Parrott, and pianist John Colianni, welcome a special guest guitarist. This Monday, Zakk Wylde was the guest of honor.
A good amount of the crowd was there in Black Label Society vests, preparing for what would probably be the only Zakk Wylde show they've been to without having to push other people. Every seat was filled, and people were left standing, sometimes in front of others, but everyone made it work. The trio opened up the show with a few songs on their own, bringing out a drummer (whose name I didn't catch) for the last song.
Then Zakk Wylde emerged from the back with his acoustic guitar with his signature paint-job on it. Luckily, upon plugging in to do a brief shredding solo, we realized it sounded nothing like an acoustic guitar, but rather a full-blown electric one. Technology is pretty cool.
Regrettably, I don't know any Black Label Society songs, or Les Paul ones for the matter, so I was ready to not know a single song. But instead, Wylde and the band burst out with some intense blues rock, starting off with "One Way Out," by the Allman Brothers. Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" was next. This set the tone for the night, which was to be a night of what could best be described as "metal blues," which consisted of rocking out to some old classic blues rock, then experiencing a blistering metal solo for a few minutes each song.
Since every song contained a good amount of face-melting on the part of Wylde, only five or six songs ended up being played. I didn't recognize most of them, because I'm a terrible person, but I did hear "Mississippi Queen," which was awesome. If you went in there expecting an hour of Zakk Wylde playing jazz standards, you would be disappointed. But also, if you went in there expecting that, you probably didn't know what you were getting into.
Despite playing only an hour-long set, it was an awesome show. Zakk Wylde is still one of the best guitarists there are, and The Les Paul Trio showed that they can hold their own in any style, even with one of metal's best leading the charge.
Wylde will be playing two more shows, tonight and tomorrow night, but without The Les Paul Trio. You can get tickets here.