Drummer Grant Brooks Exits Through Fire, Joins Fozzy

Grant Brooks has announced his departure from Through Fire. The drummer is exiting the group to join Fozzy as a replacement for Frank Fontsere.

Brooks said the following:

“For 4 years I have played with Through Fire. I joined the band in the summer of 2017, starting with some of the biggest festivals I have played in my music career- from Louder Than Life with Ozzy Osbourne to Sonic Boom with Five Finger Death Punch, followed by touring across the USA several times. Being with Through Fire took me from being a local musician to a national touring artist and I will never forget these memories with my brothers who will always be my family. However, my time has come to an end with Through Fire. There is no bad blood and they will continue to shine with the new music coming out, that I love and know all of you will as well!

Having said all that, I’m very happy to announce that I have accepted the offer to be the NEW official drummer for Fozzy! I’m super excited to start this journey with my friends and crew in the band. So thankful for this amazing opportunity!

Huge shoutout to Rich Ward, aka The Duke and Chris Jericho for reaching out to me and offering me the gig.

My first shows will be on the Jericho Cruise setting sail from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas on March 14-18!

Thank you all for the support and can’t wait for the future. So many more exciting announcements coming soon!”

Fozzy also commented:

“After almost 2 decades, Frank Fontsere is stepping down as the drummer of Fozzy to focus on his family and other projects. We wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his years of maximum rock!

However, we are SO excited to announce that after an extensive audition process, our good friend Grant Brooks is the new drummer for Fozzy!! We are stoked to unleash the pure energy & talent that Grant brings to the band and we are ready to EXPLODE in 2022 … as we look forward to the BIGGEST year in our history! Love you guys and see you soon! – Chris, Rich, Billy & PJ.”

Fozzy To Release New Album “Boombox” In April

Fozzy have announced that they will be releasing a new album, titled “Boombox,“ on April 15. Further details for that effort are still pending.

Chris Jericho commented:

“‘Judas‘…both the album & the song…was a HUGE breakthrough for Fozzy. It took us to the next level and positioned us as legit players at rock radio and as a live draw. As a result, we knew that we had to follow up with the album of a lifetime….’Boombox‘ is that album!! You’ve already heard the top ten singles ‘Nowhere To Run‘ and ‘Sane‘- kick ass, hooky songs that set the tone for this record. But it’s, ‘I Still Burn‘, ‘Army Of One‘ and ‘Relax‘, that in my opinion are going to take this album and this band even further up the rock n roll ladder!!

I firmly believe this is the third best album of our entire career!! (Of course I think it’s our best…but I always wanted to hear a band say that) So crank the volume and hold the ‘Boombox‘ up to your earholes!! It’s gonna be a wild ride….”

This new comes after Jericho was recently hospitalized while on tour in the UK.

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho Hospitalized Amid UK Tour

Fozzy were forced to cancel their Swansea, UK show after Chris Jericho was hospitalized. The band issued the following statement to Sin City:

“Chris was checked into hospital by doctors, with a non-COVID-related, treatable health issue. Regrettably the show on Friday in Swansea is canceled and all tickets will be refunded. Will have updates on Saturday’s show in Nottingham and Sunday’s show in London as soon as possible.”

Fozzy Announce Spring U.S. Tour

Fozzy have announced a spring headlining tour. GFM, KrashKarma, and The Nocturnal Affair will open.

Tour Dates:

03/31 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
04/01 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
04/02 Aurora, IL – The Piazza
04/03 Ashwaubenon, WI – Epic Event Center
04/04 Kansasville, WI – 1175
04/07 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
04/08 Portland, ME – Aura
04/09 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
04/10 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
04/11 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/14 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
04/15 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
04/16 Wilmington, DE – The Queen
04/17 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
04/18 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
04/28 Monroe, LA – The Hub
04/29 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/30 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
05/01 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
05/02 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
05/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go Go
05/06 Garden Grove, CA – Garden Grove Amphitheater
05/07 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
05/08 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05/09 Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
05/12 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
05/13 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
05/14 Wichita, KS – Temple Live
05/15 Ft. Smith, AR – Temple Live
05/16 Sauget, IL – Pop’s

Fozzy Guitarist Rich Ward Misses Columbus, OH Concert Due To “Personal Medical Reasons”

Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward was forced to miss the group’s September 2 show in Columbus, OH due to “personal medical reasons.” The band commented:

“Rich Ward regrets to report that he is unable to join FOZZY on stage tonight in Columbus, OH for personal medical reasons. He is currently recovering under the care of medical providers and is expected to be back on tour, providing his high energy performance, very soon. Meanwhile, Fozzy will still perform a full set tonight (and until Rich’s return) for the first time ever as a four piece. SHOW MUST GO ON!”

This news comes shortly after Ward’s ex-wife, Shannon Spruill (aka Daffney Unger), sadly passed away.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Fozzy Announce UK/Ireland Tour With The Treatment & Stitched Up Heart

Fozzy have announced a fall UK/Ireland tour with The Treatment and Stitched Up Heart. Here’s the dates:

11/30 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
12/01 Newcastle, UK – Riverside
12/02 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
12/04 Dublin, IRE – Opium
12/05 Belfast, IRE – Limelight 1
12/06 Chester, UK – Live Rooms
12/07 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
12/08 Bournemouth, UK – Old Fire Station
12/10 Swansea, UK – Sin City
12/11 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
12/12 London, UK – Islington Academy

Fozzy Premiere “Sane” Video

Fozzy have premiered a new video for their new song “Sane.” Notably, the clip was filmed on the world’s longest wooden roller coaster.

Frontman Chris Jericho commented:

“‘Sane’ is the perfect first single for Fozzy to unleash on the world, as it’s heavy, hooky, catchy and riff-tastic!! I can’t think of a better way to remind everybody of the feeling you get when you hear a great rock ‘n’ roll tune, one that makes you wanna put the top down on your car and put your foot down on the gas…. and ‘Sane’ is that tune! It’s been such a tough year in so many ways, but now as the world is slowly getting better, Fozzy is here to vaccinate you with a proverbial phonograph needle and make you wanna rock again.”

Guitarist Rich Ward added:

“After the first few songs started to develop in the early stages of writing material for Fozzy’s new record, we knew we were on to something special. We were inspired, creating music that had the potential to be the best we’d ever recorded. The only thing we were missing was a riff worthy of opening the record. The next day, I came to the studio with ‘Sane’.”