Well, here it is. The demo tape that ultimately got Zakk the job playing for Ozzy Osbourne in 1987, brought to you exclusively by SDMFworldwide.com. Special thanks to Jim Matlosz for the recording!
Here's the story of the demo tape, by the man who recorded it, Jim Matlosz:
"Back in the summer of '87, I was hanging with Zakk and Zyris, I use to work as Zakk's guitar tech at the time, my plan was to trade the work for guitar lessons, problem was I didnt have the discipline and again the money to buy a real guitar, still cant play to this day. Anyway, Every Saturday night, we would go to Close Encounters where Zyris would headline, Playing at times with Edgar Cayce (Side band for Prophet) along with some other acts, I remember them playing with Skid Row before Sebastian, (I think it was Dave Feld who put Skid Row and Sebastian together).
Anyway, the story on the demo, Zakk calls me one night and says Ozzy
is looking for a guitar player and he needs to put together a demo.
We borrowed a 4 track cassette recorder from Zakk's friend Rich (
can't remember his last name) we got together on a rainy night (On
the classical piece what sounds like noise is actually rain on the
outside basement metal door, which we actually put a mic on to add
to the mix) and went over to the basement where Zyris rehearsed and
recorded the demo.
So 17 Years go by, I had the master tape in a box the whole time with about 100 other cassette's, A good friend of mine asked me one day what a 4 track cassette recorder was worth on e-bay, I said I dont know, about 10 bucks, but can I borrow it before you sell it. So I dug up the tape and asked a friend of mine who works as a recording engineer for movie trailers, if he would mind digitizing the demo in protools and remixing it. He agreed and a few months later handed me the mix down on cd as well as the protools stems. I saw the bootleg page on Zakks site, and figured the fans would be interested."