Black Label Society’s Biker Vests “An Image,” Says Nick Catanese

Nick Catanese

Now this is kind of funny, because at the end of the day, even Black Label Society’s tough guy image is just a fucking image. See, BLS guitarist Nick Catanese recently spoke with Sonic Excess, and says that whole motorcycle club culture image the band’s employed for so many years now…yeah, that was actually a calculated move.

“Some people are like, ‘Oh, they’re just wanna-be bikers,’ and stuff like that. It’s like, no, we’re not. I don’t even own a bike, and I’m not saying I want to own a bike,” Catanese tells Sonic Express. Damn. I wonder if Zakk is going to be pissed.

“I play guitar. It’s like saying Gene Simmons wants to be a bat, and that he actually wants to fly around, and Ace Frehley freely wants to be a spaceman, well…maybe Ace Frehley did want to be a spaceman, but it’s an image.”

An image. First, Zakk Wylde lies about breaking legs, and now, Nick goes on and says this whole Hell’s Angel look is just “a vest.” Apparently, Zakk Wylde read Hell’s Angels founder Sonny Barger’s book, and co-opted the look.

“Nobody in this band wants to be a biker,” Nick also said. “It’s an image that came up, and you can’t say that it’s not working…People take it so seriously. It’s music, it’s not rocket science, and that’s it. It’s a band, and if you don’t dig the music, that’s one thing, but come on. Like everyone in Kiss wanted to be what they were on stage, and Paul Stanley walked around like that all the time. It’s art, it’s music, and it’s a show. It’s what people want to see. Just come and have fun, and don’t make drama of it.”

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