CHRIS JERI­CHO

The flam­boy­ant front­man ex­plains why he thinks Ju­das could carry Fozzy to great­ness

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: MERLIN ALDERSLADE • PIC: MICk HUt­SON

The man. The leg­end. The singer. With a new Fozzy al­bum on the way, Chris tells us what to ex­pect from the hard-rock­ers.

THE JU­DAS VIDEO GOT AN UN­BE­LIEV­ABLE RE­SPONSE. THAT MUST HAVE BEEN NICE!

“Yeah, it’s been our most suc­cess­ful sin­gle ever! It’s charted higher than any­thing else we’ve done, the video’s on over seven mil­lion views so far, it’s been crazy. I was talk­ing to Synys­ter Gates and Johnny Christ, be­cause the first show of this Ju­das tour was back in May with Avenged. They lis­tened to the song, they both thought it was awe­some, and they said, ‘This is a lot of good­will build­ing up for you guys. Ev­ery­one knows you’ve been out tour­ing, ev­ery­one’s pulling for you guys, and you gave them the right song at the right time.’ What we’re also get­ting is a lot of peo­ple that haven’t heard us be­fore giv­ing us a try, and they gave us a try on what is, in my opin­ion, our best song!”

YOU OPENED UP THE MAIN STAGE AT DOWN­LOAD FES­TI­VAL THIS YEAR – HOW WAS THAT?

“It was 11 o’ clock in the morn­ing. You’ll take the main stage over any­thing, but at that time it’s like, ‘Is any­one gonna be there?’ But they came and there were, like, 30,000 peo­ple there, and they all came to see Fozzy! So there’s a lot of peo­ple com­ing to see us and a lot of peo­ple dis­cov­er­ing us, and that’s a good place to be in. It’s a perfect storm.”

IT’S GONNA BE FIVE MONTHS BE­TWEEN

JU­DAS THE SIN­GLE AND JU­DAS THE AL­BUM. DID YOU AL­WAYS INTEND TO LEAVE IT THAT LONG?

“Well, it’s funny, be­cause Me­tal­lica re­leased Hard­wired in, like, Au­gust last year, and that al­bum came out in Novem­ber. Ob­vi­ously, we’re not Me­tal­lica, but there was a three-month gap there. The rea­son Ju­das the song came out when it did is be­cause we had the tours booked, we wanted to rein­tro­duce peo­ple to Fozzy, and the al­bum wasn’t ready yet. But there are many more songs as good as Ju­das on the al­bum. It’s weird be­cause the record com­pany didn’t even want Ju­das to be the first sin­gle. There’s three or four more songs on there that could work – if this was 1987, we’d have five sin­gles off there, ha ha! Ev­ery band will tell you that their next record is their best ever, and I’m say­ing that now, but I prom­ise you, if you like what you’ve heard so far, you’ll like this record.

It’s just as hooky and just as dark.”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE STARS ARE ALIGN­ING FOR THIS AL­BUM? THERE’S DEFINITELY A MAS­SIVE BUZZ AROUND IT COM­PARED TO ANY­THING FOZZY HAVE PUT OUT SO FAR.

“I think so. Metal Ham­mer have been su­per­sup­port­ive, and there have been a lot of bands that have been sup­port­ing us, too. Avenged Seven­fold, Zakk Wylde, Corey Tay­lor, Al­ter Bridge… that’s all pay­ing off now, and we’re not tak­ing any of that lightly. We’re com­ing out swing­ing at all times and at all costs, no mat­ter what. We’re still get­ting book­ings where we’re fuck­ing third on the fourth stage, and that’s fine, we don’t give a shit. We’ll de­stroy your fuck­ing stage! You have to put in the work, and we’re do­ing that, and it’s gonna pay off more than it ever has.”

IT CER­TAINLY FEELS LIKE THE DAYS OF THIS BE­ING SEEN AS A CHRIS JERI­CHO SIDE PROJECT ARE DWIN­DLING.

“Yes! Ev­ery­one thought I was gonna do a run-in at the NXT thing at Down­load, but that would have just been weird for me to do right now.

It’s not where I should be, it’d feel very strange. And this has never been ‘Chris Jeri­cho And Band’. It’s never been pro­moted that way, and I fuck­ing hate it when peo­ple try to pro­mote it that way. We did a UK show re­cently, it sold straight out, but then they put a poster up say­ing ‘SOLD OUT – FOZZY, FEA­TUR­ING CHRIS JERI­CHO FROM WWE!’ I was like, ‘Why the fuck have you put that on there? It’s al­ready sold out any­way!’ That’s why on our main promo pic­tures, you see [gui­tarist] Rich Ward in the mid­dle. It’s five guys.”

“WE’LL DE­STROY YOUR

FUCK­ING STAGE”

JU­DAS IS OUT On OC­TO­BER 13 VIA CEN­TURY ME­DIA

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