Interview with Fozzy Frontman Chris Jericho
DJ Pitbull, one of our DJ’s here at Braingell Radio, conducted an interview with Chris Jericho, a Canadian-American professional wrestler, front man for the band Fozzy, songwriter, radio personality, television host, lecturer at Huddersfield University, actor, author, and dancer. He is best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E), as well as in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and ex-WWE wrestler. C’mon…just how much more can that guy have his hands in, right? Let’s just focus on the band Fozzy right now and check out Pitbull’s interview below:
Pit: I’m here with Chris Jericho of Fozzy and WWE fave on the line. How ya’ doin’ Chris?
Chris: I’m good, what’s going on?
Pit: Not a lot. We’ve been playing your Fozzy material quite a lot on Braingell Radio and it seems to be going pretty well. So, how are things going with the Fozzy setup?
Chris: Well yeah, it’s one of those things after doing it for 12 years and the band is just growing huge, especially in the UK and that’s why we’re coming back to do another tour in the UK in November. We love playing in the UK and it’s always been a second home for us and it’s evidenced by the amount of the support we have there.
Pit: I’ve noticed from the recent press releases that you have a new bass player. How’s he fitting in?
Chris: I think it’s amazing. We couldn’t have picked a better guy both in playing wise and personality and attitude. A great player and it’s one of those things where it’s the missing piece of the Fozzy puzzle of what we lacked and we didn’t really know it until we got him so it’s made the band so much better on all different levels.
Pit: On the UK tour, you seem to be missing London for some reason. Is there any reason for that or is that out of your hands?
Chris: No…it’s that we’ve played London three times on this album cycle for Chasing the Grail and we’re coming back to England to do some of the cities that don’t get as much love from bands and we just kept getting offers to come play and there’s people all around the country and that dig what we do and we don’t want to punish them just because they don’t live in London so we’ll take it to the streets and that’s what we’re doing.
Pit: So that means I’ll need to travel out of London now to come and see you which I don’t mind because I’ve seen the band a few times and I’m absolutely amazed with your stage performance. What do you get the biggest buzz out of…do you get the biggest buzz out of the square circle or on stage in front of a thousand fans?
Chris: They’re both cool, I mean, I’ve been playing bands since I was 12 years old and this is something that I’ve always done and it’s a part of who I am, so that the band is getting to that next level, it’s great to be a part of it and it’s something that I love to do so I love live performance, no matter what aspect it is so, man, there’s something to be said when you get onstage and people are shouting your name and the lyrics of the tunes and know the lyrics of the songs. It’s a great vibe and a rush for sure.
Pit: Yeah, I got into Fozzy from the Happenstance album which was made into the cover version. I’ve noticed you’ve been doing a lot of your own material now which is a good thing.
Chris: Yeah, for the last five years we started playing a lot of covers as most bands do and we just started doing all of our own stuff, I guess, two or three records ago and that basically makes it the majority of our set now, at this point. You know, when you start playing music you want to do your own shit and that’s what it’s all about so, we still play a cover or two here or there.
Pit: Yeah, a lot of bands start off playing cover stuff and you have taken it to a new level. You’re from the great country of Canada and there’s a lot of great bands that have come out of Canada like Rush, April Wine, Voivod, and I think we’ll skip Nickelback and Sum41. Are there any bands that you recommend we watch for in the UK and America that’s coming out of Canada?
Chris: I haven’t lived in Canada for a long time now. I grew up there but I moved away probably in ’96 or ’97 but Canada is a great rock n’ roll country – it always has been for the bands you just mentioned and for the whole scene and there’s always great musicians there. Annihilator is a great Canadian band we all love and a guy called Jeff Waters actually played on Chasing the Grail a little bit. He’s a great guitar play and a it’s a great band so there’s still a great music scene up to this date. We just did the tour with 3 Days Grace and they’re from Canada, Art of Dying, they were on it and they’re from Canada so these great Canadian bands have seen the crack into the mainstream and I think, because the beer up there is so much stronger it makes you want to join a rock n’ roll band.
Pit: Oh yeah, definitely. I am a big fan of Canadian music and like you said there, Annihilator, April Wine, and Jeff Waters. Well Chris Jericho, thank you very much for taking the time out to speak to Braingell Radio all the way from American and wish you all the best for the tours coming up in the UK.
Chris: We’re excited man. We hope to see you there. November is coming up quickly in a couple of weeks so we’re ready to rock it again.
Pit: And we’re looking forward to it. So, I’m going to be playing a track off your latest album. Is there any track you’d recommend?
Chris: Let’s do “Under Blackened Skies” man, so let’s check that one out.
Pit: Chris Jericho, I shall play that one especially for you. Thanks very much and keep it rockin’ mate, keep it rockin’
Chris: Cheers man, see you guys soon!