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Zakk Wylde goes to jail

We pity any inmate who tries to mess with Zakk
We pity any inmate who tries to mess with Zakk (Image credit: Kevin Estrada /Retna Ltd./Corbis)

Zakk Wylde Goes To Prison. We have to admit, when our friends at Classic Rock posted that headline today we went, "What? Has the Zakkster run afoul with the law somehow?"

Turns out the bench-pressing guitar star did spend a little time in a Singapore prison today, but it's not what you think: Wylde played for inmates at the Changi Prison and participated in a question-and-answer session.

Wylde, who played a ripping half-hour set for 40 prisoners, described his visit as "trying to brighten their day with the soothing sounds, stylings and motifs of Black Label Society."

This wasn't Zakk Wylde's first time behind penitentiary walls. In 1987, his first gig with Ozzy Osbourne was a trial-by-fire affair at the Wormwood Scrubs Prison in Hammersmith. Referring to that show, Wylde said that today's event "seemed like the right thing to do."

Check out the video below of Zakk en route to jail:

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.