Returning BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Bassist: 'It's Like Coming Back Home Again'

November 17, 2005 writer Deb Rao recently conducted an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bassist John "JD" DeServio. A couple of excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow: Tell me, how does it feel to be back in BLACK LABEL SOCIETY? Last time I saw you perform with BLS was in 1999 at the Station in RI. How long did you tour with BLACK LABEL?

John "JD" DeServio: "It's awesome to be back!! Zakk's [Wylde] my bro from forever so it's like coming back home again. I did the first BLACK LABEL tour in '99. It lasted the whole year. We had a blast!!" What has the favorite part of the show been so far for you to perform? I love the Dimebag tribute. Did you know Dime?

John "JD" DeServio: "There's a little piece before In this river, that Zakk basically wrote live onstage. It should be called a song for Dime. That's my favorite. I only met Dime briefly once in '92 when I was playing with Vinnie Moore. I spoke to him a couple of times on the phone with Zakk, but unfortunately that was it. Dime was a huge KISS fan and a Dallas Stars fan!! I'm sure we'd been bros." After you left BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, was DRILL your first band with a record deal that you performed with? Were you disappointed that the record company dropped the band in such a short time?

John "JD" DeServio: "Actually DRILL was after PRIDE & GLORY and before BLS. We had a record out, toured with like MARILYN MANSON, STABBING WESTWARD and other electronica industrial bands. We had our second record done which woulda been cool, but the record company went under. Nobody bought the masters so it ended." Who are some of your favorite bass players? Are you a big Steve Harris fan? I wish you played Ozzfest this past summer, IRON MAIDEN was on the bill Did you get to sew Ozzfest this summer?

John "JD" DeServio: "Steve Harris was one of my first biggest influences. I learned the first four records note for note!!! I met Steve when I was 15 at the Palladium in New York!!! Beast on the Road tour!! I was wearing a 3/4 sleeve concert shirt and I drew the 'Killers' cover on it!! Steve signed it and I thanked him for making we switch to using my fingers instead of a pick!!!It woulda been great to show him it and have him sign it again!!!! Geezer Butler, James Jamerson, Jaco Patorius all changed my life, as well as Randy Rhoads."

Deb Rao's entire interview with John "JD" DeServio will be posted at soon.

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