Interview

Chris Jericho of the Band Fozzy: “Metallica and Journey’s Bastard Child”

The band Fozzy is the brainchild of Rich Ward and Chris Jericho and they are looking forward to “blowing people away” in Pittsburgh when they perform as part of the Rockstar Uproar Festival on August 31. Ward is one of metal’s pioneers, known for the band Stuck Mojo, and being one of the first to combine metal with rhythmic rap vocals. Chris Jericho, is one of pro wrestling’s biggest superstars, the embodiment of charisma, and the byproduct of a lifetime spent immersed in heavy metal.

Fozzy have emerged as a worldwide force on the touring circuit, conquering stages from Los Angeles to Lichtenvoorde, and everywhere in between. And after their successful string of dates on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR festival, their live assault has been captured on new release Remains Alive and issued throughout Europe in July 2011 by earMUSIC. The 2-disc collector’s package includes an Australian headlining concert recorded in 2005, as well as Chasing the Grail as a bonus disc.

Having spent the past decade sharing Jericho’s attention with his iconic professional wrestling career, the band is now the subject of the six-time WWE wrestling champion’s undivided focus, even earning the spotlight in Undisputed, his second New York Times best-selling book, and first to crack the Top 10, peaking at No. 8.

Jericho and Ward have combined to sell more than 1.2 million records in their heralded careers , but those numbers are a fraction of the audience Fozzy were introduced to when their frontman made the Top 6 as a contestant on season 10 of Dancing with the Stars – one of the biggest television shows in the world.

PMM discusses with Chris Jericho about his band Fozzy and their new effort “Sin and Bones”, appearing at Rockstar Uproar Festival, new exposures in new cities, the writing process, influences, collaborating with other musicians including M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, his Rock of Jericho satellite radio program, wrestling, playing with the Big 4, Download Festival, Fozzy’s lofty goals, Lady Gaga, Dancing with the Stars, and where Fozzy goes from here (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!): ChrisJericho

Bio of Chris Jericho from www.fozzyrocks.com
Chris Jericho, a talented actor, television personality, radio host, writer and musician, has established himself as a multifaceted performer. His unique ability to display talent and charm in each outlet contributes to his successes across the board.

Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is best known as one of the most popular wrestling champions in history. In 2001 he was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE and has gone on to hold a total of 29 different championships throughout his 12 year tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Chris is the lead singer of the internationally successful rock band Fozzy, whose fourth CD, Chasing The Grail, peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart in 2010. Fozzy’s five records have sold 500,000 units worldwide and the band has played sold out shows in the US, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. Videos for the tracks “Eat The Rich,” “With The Fire,” and “Enemy,” enjoyed rotation on MTV, MTV2, FUSE and Much Music.

Jericho is a two-time New York Times Bestselling author with his two autobiographies, 2007’s A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex, and 2011’s Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps (which peaked at #9 on the list) displaying his witty and highly entertaining writing style. A third book is due in the spring of 2013.

Chris competed in season 11 of the wildly popular ABC show, Dancing With The Stars, which led to appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ellen and Rachel Ray. He was also the host of the ABC primetime game show DownFall in the summer of 2010.

Jericho’s acting credits include roles in such motion pictures as MacGruber, Albino Farm and the SyFy Channel original film Android Apocalypse and he was a regular guest performer with the legendary comedy troupe, The Groundlings and the all-improv show, Cookin’ with Gas. He hosted the XM Radio show The Rock Of Jericho from 2006-07 and has recently just restarted it on the Sixx Sense channel XM 164, Saturdays at 5pm est.

Born in Manhasset, NY, Jericho grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and now currently resides in Tampa, FL.

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