Y2J Forever: Fozzy's Chris Jericho Steps Out of the Ring and Onto the Charts
This weekend the last of the big touring festivals rolls into town in the form of the Uproar Festival. The 2012 edition of the tour brings some of the bigger names in hard rock's past (Godsmack, Staind) and present (Shinedown, Adelita's Way) to The Woodlands.
Listed among the bands playing on the second stage is name familiar to those of love loud music and professional wrestling: Fozzy. Fronted by former WWE World Champion Chris Jericho, Uproar is Fozzy's first extensive U.S. tour.
Fozzy isn't a vanity project or side gig for Jericho. While he may have made his name in the squared circle, music is just another part of what makes him who he is.
"It's what I've been since I was 19 -- I play music and I wrestle," Jericho says, talking to Rocks Off from the road. "There's a duality in me. It was never that I liked one better than the other, it's just the two things that I do."
Founded in 1999, Fozzy started off with Jericho joining forces with Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward to cover some of their favorite tracks from the likes of Dio and Iron Maiden. Things were good, but once they started writing and recording their own material they decided it was time to take the band to another level.
"Over the last four years we've really decided that we're going to make this the biggest priority in our lives," Jericho said. "I want to take Fozzy as big as we can get it. There's no backup plan, there's no secondary plan. My entire career is built around Fozzy's schedule now."
Fozzy may be his primary focus but that doesn't stop the questions concerning his pro wrestling career. The band holds a signing every day at Uproar and Jericho says that without fail someone asks him when he's returning to the WWE. When asked if fans would see him in the ring next year he gave us a straight forward response.
"I haven't really thought about it," he says. "When a hole in the schedule comes up I'll see where I'm at."