Forging their path over almost two decades, Fozzy has never let any obstacles stand in their way, and have only recently started gaining the traction and impact that they have been chasing all these years – thanks in part to the strength of their latest album “Judas”. Ahead of their first shows on Australian soil in five years, Metal Wani had the chance to talk to Fozzy’s charismatic frontman Chris Jericho to talk about the upcoming tour, the success of Judas, and what is next in store for the band.
They open the conversation by talking about the bands upcoming tour. Australian fans have had a long wait between visits from Fozzy, with their last appearances coming as part of Soundwave Festival, or a joint tour with Steel Panther in 2013. When asked about what the ‘Fozzstralian’ fans could expect in watching a 90 minute headline performance from Fozzy on the bands return to the country, Jericho confidently assures fans that the band won’t leave anything off the stage when they perform “From note one to note done it’s just a high energy and a high impact show.”
Australia is definitely a unique location to tour, with the conversation canvassing the difficulties in logistics and travelling by plane instead of a bus, but Jericho assures fans that the response from the Australian crowds are always worth the extra hassle.
The conversation then turns to Fozzy’s latest album Judas, an album that took the hard rock community by storm, and one that the band had high hopes for. When asked about whether or not he expected the album to take off the way it did, Jericho responds “If you don’t expect to be the biggest band in the world then you shouldn’t be doing it, and we knew that the band had what it took”. When pressed further on why he thought the band was experiencing such a great surge in their popularity, Jericho offers a candid response “Our strength is in the live show and live performance and when Judas exploded and we got all this radio play and all these hit singles suddenly the live show which we have been crafting and refining for years, you know we were ready for it!”.
The conversation then shifts onto the title track single and its success, before closing out by covering the more generalized topic of what Jericho thinks it takes to be successful in any pursuits. Whether that be music, wrestling or life.
Stream The Entire Interview Below:
Wednesday 7th November AUCKLAND The Studio
Friday 9th November MELBOURNE Max Watts
Saturday 10th November SYDNEY Manning Bar
Tuesday 13th November ADELAIDE The Gov
Wednesday 14th November BRISBANE The Triffid