Fozzy has always been about one thing: bringing good times back to rock and roll. In every incarnation of the band, form the Mongoose McQueen era to the present day, Chris Jericho and Rich Ward have been rocking the socks of fans all over the world, reminding all who see them that rock and roll is about invoking dirty, sweaty, loud, spandex jubilation.
However, calling them “entertainers” would be abridging their talent.
Ward is one of the most versatile, underrated riffers in rock and metal, and has been since being a founding member of Stuck Mojo. Jericho’s vocals and passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to find the time to excel in pretty much everything he does. These attributes have skyrocketed Fozzy into a position as one of the hottest rock acts in recent memory.
Fozzy inched up the metal ladder (Jericho knows a thing or two about ladders) after releasing four progressively popular studio albums. However, it was 2012’s Sin & Bones, which featured the single “Sandpaper”, that found the band reaching a level of legitimacy that allowed a mass audience to drink in the hardcore, heavenly noise they bring to rock’s table. Sin & Bones eventually reached #143 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. In promotion of the album, Fozzy would tour with rock and roll giant such as Metallica, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold and British metal legends Saxon. Not only were their diehard fans bowing at the altar of Fozzy, but music industry icons were now noticing that they were not only legitimate, but they were going to be here to stay.
Fozzy’s would go on to release Do You Wanna Start A War (produced by Ward), was released in the Summer of 2014. It features twelve tracks, including the singles, “Lights Go Out”, and the title track and the ABBA (your eyes do not deceive you) cover, “SOS”. “Lights Go Out” received a massive response from radio and was the highest charting single of Fozzy’s career, was the theme song for that year’s WWE SummerSlam Pay Per View, and blared in sports arenas across the country. To promote the album, Fozzy performed at Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion and Rockfest. Then they supported Buckcherry, hosted a sold out record release party at Hollywood s world famous Whisky A-Go-Go, toured the US with Theory of A Deadman, did a successful headliner run both in North America and Europe.
Now, Fozzy has their sights set on their Judas Rising Tour, set kick off in Virginia Beach, VA on May 5. Once again, Fozzy is setting out to force fans to dial back into the art of rock and roll. It’s time for fans to fasten their seatbelts, ease the seat back, and let Fozzy shift your soul back to rock and roll. It’s time to remind the world that not only is Judas Rising, but so is Fozzy’s stock.