Gig Of The Week: Fozzy
WHERE: Glasgow Garage
WHEN: Thursday, May 13
They might have started out as a pastiche metal tribute band, but Fozzy are now serious about their music. Led by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho (vocals), the only other constant through the band’s decade existence is guitarist Rich Ward; the current line-up features Sean Delson (bass) and Frank Fontsere (drums). Now, with fifth album Chasing The Grail just released and a brief UK tour, which starts at the Glasgow Garage, Jericho believes Fozzy are better than ever.
The new album offers some real departures – a 14-minute progressive epic (Wormwood) and even a ballad (Broken Soul). Is your live set gonna reflect the new diversity?
Definitely. I don’t know if we’ll go as far as including Wormwood, but we are working up about five songs from the new record to do live. To be honest, we wanna show off the new songs. We’re proud of them.
Is it fair to say that the band is you and Rich Ward, with others coming in and out when required?
I don’t see it that way, and nor does Rich. Frank’s been on every album, although he briefly left the band. And Sean’s been with us six years. I’d say we have a stable line-up now. We’re not Megadeth.
You’re doing two gig in London on the same day – a matinee and an evening show – what’s the thinking behind this?
We love playing in London, and always get a great response. So this is our chance to do more than just one set.
Might we expect any guests to come along and join you onstage?
We love doing Judas Priest’s Freewheel Burning at the end of our set, and that’s an opportunity to get other musicians involved. There is one mystery guest we’ve got lined up for London and Nottingham. But that’s a surprise.
Do you find it easier to play over here as opposed to America, because the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is not quite so big?
I do, yes. In America, everyone’s obsessed with who you are, rather than what you play, In Britain, it’s the music that matters. That’s the way it should always be.
After Glasgow, Fozzy play:
May 14: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
May 15: London Relentless Garage (two sets, one at 1pm, followed by a meet and greet, and the other at 7pm)
Find out more at www.fozzyrock.com