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Fozzy Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Fozzy.
Cover bands rarely sign to prominent record labels, much less the one that issued Metallica’s first record. That is exactly how Fozzy got its start when Jonny Z of the infamous Megaforce Records signed them in 2000. Jon Zazula didn’t exactly discover a diamond in the rough, though. At the time, the group’s core writers—singer Chris Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward—had already made a name for their selves in their prospective industries.
In 2000, Jericho was a famous wrestler. Rich Ward was part of Century Media Record’s best selling artist Stuck Mojo,, an important piece to the history of rap rock and nu metal. Even though Fozzy’s members were veterans in their fields, the group had yet to find its own voice. Their first two recordings, “Fozzy” and “Happenstance,” were mostly covers. The third album “All That Remains” marked the first recording of entirely original material. “Enemy,” now a classic in the band’s discography, was used as the theme song on WWE’s pay-per-view “No Way Out” and the band played Download festival in England. Fozzy had arrived.
Fozzy released “Chasing the Grail” next and embarked on numerous tours, including a stint as part of Europe’s travelling Sonisphere festival. Soon, Fozzy will hit the road again for another travelling festival, Mayhem Energy Drink’s Uproar Festival. This tour coincides with the release of their fifth recording “Sin and Bones” on August 14th. Running the gauntlet between soft and supple and hard and heavy, “Sin and Bones” brings together southern metal, classic metal and hard rock with Stuck Mojo’s urban groove. Jericho promises its Fozzy’s best material. Read on to find why the ripped front man considers this recording such a masterpiece.
Fozzy is one of the most unique bands going today. The band signed to the legendary metal label Metal Blade after performing only two shows and released their debut album in 2000, which mostly featured covers of bands they had grown up loving such as Scorpions and Judas Priest. The band created a unique angle for themselves by inventing a storyline which claimed they had actually written these songs and that all of these iconic bands had stolen their material. The storyline continued until 2005 when the band released their third album, "All That Remains." Fozzy has since developed a loyal fan base in countries as far reaching as Australia, Great Britain and Germany and have proved through their live shows that they can hang with the big boys. We were recently given the opportunity to interview the bands guitar player and co-founder Rich Ward (also of Stuck Mojo fame) which was a true honour. In this interview he talks about Fozzy's latest album, "Chasing The Grail" (which will be released through Riot! Entertainment on January 26th) as well as what the future holds for the band and himself. More...