Fozzy bears up well as hitmakers
Chris Jericho and stop for concert before cruise
Chris Jericho made his name in the wrestling ring as one of the most charismatic and popular stars WWE has ever produced, and he will revisit those skills when he hosts his inaugural cruise, called Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, departing Miami on Oct. 27.
The five-day Nassau sailing on the Norwegian Jade features live music, comedy, wrestling stars Mick Foley, Diamond Dallas Page, Raven, Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat and Rey Mysterio, and a variety of bouts, highlighted by a match pitting Jericho and the Young Bucks against Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and “The Villain” Marty Scurll.
But the title Rock ’N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea speaks to Jericho’s other passion, rock ’n’ roll. For nearly 20 years, Jericho has injected muscular swagger into the music of Fozzy, the one-time metal cover band that has had a string of originals land on various hardrock charts. The title track from the band’s 2017 album, “Judas,” reached No. 1 on the iTunes metal chart, No. 5 on the rock chart, and has carried the band to its most successful tour so far.
On his way to Fozzy’s Judas Rising Tour stop on Saturday at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Jericho answered some questions about music.
If you look at the demographics that we’re getting, and what people are signing up for, it’s mostly just to hang out with Chris Jericho. And that’s the way I designed the cruise. I know my fan base very well, and if I think it’s cool, the Friends of Jericho will probably think it’s cool, as well. I’ll be wrestling. We’ll do three Fozzy shows. There’s comedy, paranormal, all that sort of stuff. … I’ll be doing spoken-word shows, live “Talk Is Jericho” [his podcast], selling brownies and lemonade at the cruise stand. You name it, I’ll be doing it. [Laughs]
I always say if Journey and Metallica had a bastard child and it was raised by Ozzy that might give you an idea of what Fozzy sounds like. We all come from Ozzy, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera influences, but we also have a lot of ’70s AOR bands in there. There’s Journey, Foreigner and Styx, a lot of Kool and the Gang and yacht rock and ’70s disco. Of course, the Beatles and Stones, and there’s a rap element in there. We don’t care what the trends are. The only chance we have is to be ourselves.
There’s no doubt that Eminem is the greatest rapper of all time. The way he constructs his rhymes, the way he stays on the beat, the syncopations. I’m definitely a huge fan of him, for sure.
That was on our last record, “Do You Wanna Start a War,” and it’s been kind of a live hit for us. People that know it love hearing it, and people that don’t know it hear that riff and say, “This sounds familiar … But it can’t be. Really?” [Laughs] Whenever we go to Eu- rope and play that song, people are moshing to it, screaming and yelling. It’s one of those songs that comes out of nowhere, but when you hear it, it really translates well to a rock ’n’ roll format. It’s a dark song, with some really cool riffs in it, and it’s fun to sing.
The best one I ever saw, as far as concept, was the Metallica 30th anniversary shows in 2011 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. They did four shows, and played 80 different songs over the course of those four shows. It was just a really cool night, times four. Also, Axl Rose with AC/DC at Madison Square Garden a couple of years ago. If you saw it, it was just amazing. It was like if Paul McCartney joined the Stones. The combina-
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale, When: 7 p.m. Saturday. Adelita’s Way and the Stir also will perform. Cost: Tickets cost $20 Contact: CultureRoom.net or FozzyRock.com Cruise: Chris Jericho’s Rock ’N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea sails Oct. 27-31 from the Port of Miami. Accommodations start at $749 per person. Go to ChrisJerichoCruise.com. tion of two of the biggest rock ’n’ roll bands ever just killing it, doing more obscure songs than you’d ever expect they would play. I really enjoyed that.
I don’t think there’s anyone crazy enough to do what I do, you know? To take even one of these jobs, much less both of them, and pursue them at the highest level. You’ve got to be completely off your rocker, like I am. I can’t believe there’s anybody crazier than I am. [Laughs]
I think Zakk Wylde is cut out for it. He’s got the personality. He’s ripped up. He’s huge. And, once again, he’s pretty insane, as well.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Greta Van Fleet. The criticism is that they sound just like Zeppelin. Well, I wish I sounded just like Zeppelin. You try and do it and see how much talent it takes. … The thing I like about them best is that they’re young kids and they’re already poised to go into arenas. We need more bands like that, because most of the bands that are playing arenas are in their 50s and 60s. … We need a younger generation of bands to come through and really shake s--- up.
Chris Jericho, center, says Fozzy's cover of Abba’s “SOS” inspired impromptu moshing at their European concerts. He'll lead Fozzy Saturday at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale and Oct. 27-31 at sea.