Mark Knapp.

Ozzmania is a local band that pays tribute to the music of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. At 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, they’ll be performing a free show at The Date Shed, 50725 Monroe St., in Indio; Dirt—which performs the music of Alice in Chains—is also on the bill. For more information on Ozzmania, visit, or; for details on The Date Shed, head to Mark Knapp, Ozzmania’s Zakk Wylde (or, in other words, guitarist), was kind enough, apparently during the morning hours, to answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Deep Purple in Tucson, Ariz. Let’s just say it was a long time ago.

What was the first album you owned?

Wow… I wish I could remember. I think it might have been Kool and the Gang.

What bands are you listening to right now?


What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Justin Bieber and pop—or is that poop?

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Original Van Halen.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Anything metal.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Anyplace metal.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

At the moment, since I mentioned Kool and the Gang, it’s “Jungle Boogie.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Ted Nugent. The second I heard “Stranglehold,” my life in music started. I knew I was going to learn to play guitar, and will most likely die with one in my hands.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

It’s way too early in the morning for that question …

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Iron Maiden, “Die With Your Boots On.”

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Van Halen,Van Halen.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Whatever inspires them!

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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...