Video: Unknowns Sebastian Bach and Zakk Wylde Cover Led Zeppelin at a Wedding in 1987
Here’s a fun piece of metal history for ya. On June 14, 1987, rock photographer Mark Weiss got married in Red Bank, NJ. And Mr. Weiss being who Mr. Weiss is, his wedding was attended by a gaggle of celebrities or near-celebrities, including Stevie Van Zandt, Kevin DuBrow from Quiet Riot, and the parents of Jon Bon Jovi.
Also in attendance were Sebastian Bach, then 19 years old and singing for a band called Madam X, and Jeffrey Wielandt, a 20-year-old guitarist who would change his name to Zakk Wylde and join Ozzy Osbourne’s band later that year. And not only were the soon-to-be-famous duo there, but during the reception, they joined two other members of Madam X — David “Face” Feld and Chris “Godzilla” Doliber — as the wedding band.
Making that performance especially noteworthy: Sebastian Bach was famously brought to the attention of Skid Row by Jon Bon Jovi, who also acted as something of a mentor for the band at the start of their career (although they began to feud as soon as Skid Row took off). Apparently this is where that hook-up began. I guess Bon Jovi’s mom and dad were impressed.
Weiss has now shared this stars-in-the-making wedding band’s rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” which you can check out below. It’s pretty crazy. Baz sounds incredible, and Wylde, clearly already in love with pinched harmonics, appears to be having a blast. The band isn’t super-tight or anything — this was clearly pretty informal — but I doubt anyone who saw them that day was surprised to spot them on magazine covers a couple of years later.
Weiss released a collection of his photography, The Decade That Rocked, earlier this year. He’ll be hosting a virtual livestream “evening of Music, Photographs, and Rock Stars coming together to support Monmouth Museum, NJ” this Friday, October 30. Guests scheduled to appear include Wylde, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Ozzy), Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Lita Ford, and, uh, Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff). Get more info and tickets here.
[via Rolling Stone]