HEY THERE, fellow Poparazziacs,
Just got out of prison three hours ago. To be precise, I was at the performance theatre of Changi Prison Complex, Cluster A, where I spent an hour or so with the members of Institution A5, watching their guitar hero, the one and only Zakk Wylde, perform on some fret-burning solos on his Epiphone Graveyard Disciple guitar. He also had a question-and-answer session after that.
Jointly organised by Singapore Prisons and Gibson Guitars, the visit was a welcome break for the 40 or so blokes of A5, who were members of the prison’s Performing Arts Training Centre (PATC).
And yes, they were wild about Wylde. Not that anything wild happened. Any fears of mob scenes like in Escape From Alcatraz or Prison Break were vanquished. Warm applause and a couple of whoops was all. But it was really something to see the pure joy and admiration in all of the guys’ eyes.
And as one of them told me, this was a dream come true. “If I was outside, I probably would not be able to see him,” he said. “So I’m very thankful to have this opportunity!”
Zakk himself was happy to be there. But hey, don’t take our word for it. Check out what the man has to say for himself.
More Zakk updates coming soon, and read the full story this Friday in the TODAY newspaper.