Fozzy’s Chris Jericho Unveiled As “Bride” On “The Masked Singer”

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho has officially been unveiled as “Bride” on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.” The frontman performed a number of songs on the show including covers of Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding,“ Smash Mouth‘s “All Star,” and Walk The Moon‘s “Shut Up And Dance.“

Before the singer was unmasked, several clues were shared:

“Dearly beloved, we gather here tonight for Hall Of Fame Night, but I vow to rock. I’m always telling feel-good stories, but let me explain how I ended up here, alone, at this junkyard wedding. I have a rugged personality, I live on the road selling out arenas and I have an appetite for destroying things. So I’m notorious for being in some of the messiest feuds. I’ve gone the solo route, and I’ve come here to master. Master a new commitment with all you ‘Masked Singer’ freaks. So tonight, here comes the bride!”

Jericho told TV Insider the following about the show:

“I really enjoyed the whole concept of the show and the whole concept of character even. That’s something that I really thought was kind of cool. Even when we were discussing originally what the character and costume would be, I wanted to be something opposite of what you would expect Chris Jericho to be wearing. That’s what it was right out of the gate. It really was a lot of fun across the board.”

“I’m a real competitive person, so whenever I do something like this, I don’t do anything for fun. I do it to win. [Laughs] But having said that, I did have a blast. And once again, to do the Bride was exactly what I wanted. I wanted it to be something completely opposite of what you might expect and really focus on the element of fooling people as to who was really behind the pink mask, so to speak.

But it was great. It was a lot of fun [the] first week. I was angry the second week, but there might be some redemption for the Bride upcoming, so either way, it was a blast, and I enjoyed it. And it was an easy show to do because there was no hair, there was no makeup, and there [was] no costume.

My costume was a pair of gym shorts and a muscle shirt and a fan around my neck so I could breathe inside that thing, sweating my ass off inside of that. As far as a Hollywood show, it was very, very easy: just step into the dinosaur and go out there and sing your ass off for a minute and a half. It was a lot of fun.”

Fozzy Postpone Remaining Dates On North American Tour

Fozzy have now postponed their entire North American tour. The shows were delayed after singer Chris Jericho bruised his larynx during an AEW match against Jon Moxley.

Jericho issued the following statement:

“After five weeks of waiting for my bruised larynx to heal with minimal results, my Laryngologist sent me for a vocal stroboscope today (Thursday, September 15). This is a procedure in which a camera with a strobe light attached, takes detailed pictures of your vocal cords to find any hidden issues. Now, I’ve never seen my vocal cords before (have you seen yours?!), but once I got past their gnarly appearance, I could see what the Doctor’s were seeing plain as day….that the left side of my larynx is still bruised and swollen.

Good news is it’s not permanent and it IS healing! Bad news is I still need more time to heal, in order to be able to sing at 100%. Therefore we are forced to postpone and reschedule the rest of the 2022 US leg of the Save The World Tour. Nobody likes to move shows, least of all me, but if Fozzy and I can’t give you 100% during each and every show we do, we won’t do them. Therefore we are moving the shows to the spring of 2023.

We will see you at the rescheduled dates in 2023 and in the meantime thank you for your love and support and for making ‘I Still Burn‘ our biggest hit since ‘Judas‘! We love you! – Jericho

ALL TICKETS WILL BE HONORED FOR RESCHEDULED DATES*

Thu 13 Apr – Charlotte, NC – Underground
Fri 14 Apr – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sat 15 Apr – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Sun 16 Apr – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
Mon 17 Apr – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

*Due to scheduling conflicts; Montreal, Toronto, Richmond, Lowell and Albany will not be rescheduled. Please contact venue for refund.”

Fozzy Postpone First Leg Of North American Tour Due To Injury

Fozzy have postponed the first leg of their fall North American tour. The shows were delayed after frontman Chris Jericho bruised his larynx during a recent AEW match against Jon Moxley.

The band issued the following statement:

“On August 10th during the Quake By The Lake AEW event in Minneapolis, Chris suffered a throat injury that left him with a severely bruised larynx. Unfortunately, even though the injury is healing and is NOT permanent, Chris hasn’t fully recovered and his laryngologist has recommended that Fozzy postpone the first two weeks of the ‘Save The World tour‘ (scheduled to start in Columbus on Sept 08 in order to facilitate a full recovery as soon as possible.

The postponed shows have been moved to the Spring of 2023. The rescheduled dates can be found at www.FOZZYROCK.com

ALL TICKETS REMAIN VALID

The next leg of the Save The World tour will now start on September 29 in Charlotte. Fozzy appreciates each and every one of you and we can’t wait to rock with you again at FULL STRENGTH very soon!!

– Chris, Rich, Billy, PJ & Grant“

Here’s the group’s updated schedule:

2022:

09/29 Charlotte, NC – Underground
09/30 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/02 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
10/03 New Bedford, MA – The Vault
10/06 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
10/07 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/08 Albany, NY – Empire Live
10/09 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
10/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

2023:

03/23 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
03/24 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
03/25 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
03/26 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
03/30 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
03/31 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
04/01 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
04/02 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
04/03 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho Opens Up About Suffering A Pulmonary Embolism Last Year

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho has officially commented on the medical issue that led to him being hospitalized in the UK last year. As it turns out, the frontman actually suffered a pulmonary embolism.

Jericho said the following on his “Talk Is Jericho” podcast:

“Back in November, end of November of 2021, FOZZY had a tour of the U.K. And first show was in Liverpool, and that one went good. The second one was in Manchester. And then the third one, I believe, was in Newcastle. And Manchester, after the show, I went out, had a couple of drinks, got back in the bus fairly late. And the next day in Newcastle when we were doing the show I felt a little bit winded — which was weird, because I’m never winded on stage. Even if it’s super hot — sometimes you play a venue that has a low roof or something along those lines, and you get super hot to where you’re, like, ‘Oh my gosh. It’s hard to breathe.’ This was not that. The venue in Newcastle, the Riverfront, was a nice place [with] a high roof, not super hot. But I found myself kind of searching for breath, gasping for breath during the songs, to where it was hard to even sing all the lyrics. I was joking, I kind of sounded like Vince Neil, who’s notorious for singing every second or third word and letting the crowd fill in the rest. I didn’t really think much of it. I had a couple of more shows — in Ireland, we did Dublin and Belfast, [which] were just insane — but same thing: kind of feeling a little bit short of breath.

During this time frame, when I was feeling a little bit kind of short of breath, I was talking to my doctor at home in Tampa who said, ‘This could be blood clots. You could have some blood clots. Sounds like it might be that.’ And she said, ‘When you get back home to Tampa, we’ll put you through a couple of CT scans and kind of see where you’re at. But if you start feeling really short of breath, go to the hospital directly.’ So fast forward to the next night, the show was in a place called Chester. So, once again, low roof, and it was so, so hot, ’cause the place was sold out. Every gig on this tour was sold out. It’s the first time that we’ve ever had that; we had 12 shows and every one of them was sold out before we even left and got on the plane.’

So, in Chester I was really feeling like, ‘This is terrible. I can’t breathe.’ There’s a door right by the stage that leads to the outside, and I said, ‘I’m just gonna walk offstage. I can’t take it.’ But I finished the show and then my doctor said, ‘You have to go to the hospital, like, now.’ And we were in Bournemouth the next night and then headed to London for a press day. And I thought, ‘Well, I’m not gonna go to the hospital in Bournemouth or Chester. Let me just wait till I get to London and we can figure out kind of where I’m at.’ So we did the Chester gig, and then I had two more shows — Birmingham, where I felt okay, but I knew that we had London after Bournemouth, and that would be kind of the place where I’d get checked out and see kind of what’s going on. Bournemouth was the same thing where I was getting a little bit hot, and we cut a couple of songs — a song called ‘Burn Me Out’ that’s super hard to sing, and a couple of other ones. I think we ended up doing 12 or 13 songs, even though we usually do 15 or 16. And that was it. And I remember saying after the Bournemouth show, ‘I can’t do another show like this. We need to figure out what’s going on.’ So what I had our manager Mark Willis do was call a friend of ours called Luke Bell. Now Luke Bell worked for us as our tour manager for years, and he’s now gone off and he works for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS now. He connected us with a ‘rock doc.’ Now what is a rock doc? A rock doc, a rock doctor, is kind of a guy who travels to you when you don’t have time to travel to them. So I went to London and we parked the bus outside the O2 arena, ’cause there’s a parking place where buses can go, and took a taxi to the Hard Rock Hotel in London, which is where we were gonna be based out of to do our press day…

So, when I got to the Hard Rock Hotel, I came in, got there early, took a shower, and then the doctor, he came and took some blood. And I told him what was going on. And he said, ‘Okay, well, we’re gonna book you for a heart scan later on and we’ll take some blood and we’ll see what’s going on. So just kind of chill out and hang out.’ And I was really having problems walking. I would be walking across the lobby at the Hard Rock Hotel and I felt like I was walking up a mountain — really, really bad. Huffing, puffing out of breath. Something was really wrong. So we canceled, basically, the press thing. We were supposed to have a listening party, and that got canceled due to COVID. And then I was supposed to go do kind of a sideline reporting thing at one of the football games, one of the soccer games in town… And I basically had to cancel; ‘I can’t do it.’ ‘Cause I had to stay [at the hotel] and also I had to figure out what my plan for the day was and what I was gonna have to be doing. So, anyways, about an hour later I got a call from the doctor, who said, ‘You have blood clots. We can tell by the blood that we drew. You have to go directly to the hospital.’ Now, [that was] pretty scary. Keep in my mind, I’m in London — I’m thousands of miles away from home in a foreign country, and now I have to go to a hospital. Well, the cool thing was that the rock doc worked for a medical concierge. And I never knew there was a such a thing. And what’s a medical concierge? Well, this is a place where you pay, and the service they do is basically take care of everything — they book you the appointments; they get you the results; anything that needs to be done, they take care of for you. And thank goodness, because obviously this was in December when there was still all of this COVID going on, so all of the hospitals were fairly full. And the last thing you wanna do is just go to a hospital and sit in the hallway. So they were able to book me in a private hospital and get in quicker, and away you go. And this was actually December 9th; it was the day after my dad’s birthday. So I go to the hospital; they pick me up… I get to the hospital and I can barely walk. I mean, walking across the lobby to get to the car to go to the hospital was a real task; it was terrifying. Three steps and I was just huffing and puffing and the heart was pounding. And you know something is really, really wrong here. Then the walk from that car to the hospital — same thing. It might as well have been a thousand miles if it was a hundred feet, if it was even that — 50 feet. So I walk inside and I’m trying to be cool; I know kind of what’s going on here. But I’m a little bit scared, obviously, like anybody would be, especially when you have to go into a hospital. But I’m thinking, ‘Who knows what it is?’ You always think, ‘They’ll just give me a shot and I’ll move on my way.’ Well, that’s not necessarily the case. I go inside. I check in… The doctor comes in and meets me… And keep in mind, prior to that, I went and saw him early in the morning. I had an appointment with the cardiologist, actually, at 6 p.m. And I met with him about 10 a.m. in the morning or so — 11 a.m. in the morning. And they were gonna give me an EKG and possibly an echo ultrasound of the heart. And then he texted me and said that the blood showed high possibility of clots in the lungs. The cardiologists got the results. And I said, ‘What does that mean now?’ ‘We’ll do a CT of the lungs first. Then we’ll know for sure. And then it’s tablets if it’s in the blood.’ So I was thinking once again, ‘Just give me some pills and I’m on my way.’ So I went to the hospital and I gave my insurance. And I go, I get checked in and they go and take me for the CT scan. And after the CT scan happens, then they tell me very soon after, ‘Yes, you’ve had a pulmonary embolism.’ What does that mean? It means that your lungs are filled with blood clots and you are now staying in the hospital. And they went and did an ultrasound and found that there was evidence of a clot that had been in my throat. Now, if a clot gets in your throat, that’s getting into stroke territory. And the reason why these are so dangerous is if the blood clot breaks free and gets into your lungs, you could have some serious issues; if it breaks free and gets into your heart, you can have some serious issues; if it breaks free and gets into your brain, you can have some serious issues… So this is some serious, serious shit here. And I go into the hospital and I have my own room and all that sort of thing, and you then check in, and here you go. And it was nice — the people were nice — but once again, I am in a foreign country in this hospital room. And when they wanted me to go down to get the CT scan and the ultrasound, they wanted to put me in a wheelchair and you have to put the hospital gown on. And I was, like, ‘Absolutely not. I am walking down to get this done.’ Even though it was hard for me to walk, I did not wanna get in that wheelchair, and I did not wanna put on that gown. I put on shorts and a muscle shirt and I said, ‘This is fine. I’ll do this.’ And they’re, like, ‘Sir, you have to put on your gown.’ I said, ‘No. I don’t.’ And they just kind of thankfully left me. ‘Cause to me, if I put the gown on, that’s more of a permanent stay. For me, to get into the wheelchair and get pushed down to the CT scan and the ultrasound, that’s another step to being there longer. So I am not going to do that. I am going to essentially do this my way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Rich Ward (Fozzy) And Rancid Perform At AEW’s “Double Or Nothing” Pay-Per-View Wrestling Event

Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward and Rancid took the stage at yesterday’s (May 29) AEW “Double Or Nothing” pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward was recruited to perform Britt Baker’s entrance theme, while Rancid were recruited to perform Ruby Soho’s entrance theme. You can see footage of that below:

Fozzy Announce North American Tour

Fozzy have announced a headlining North American tour. No Resolve and GFM will open on most dates.

Tour Dates:

09/08 Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
09/09 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
09/10 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
09/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
09/12 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
09/15 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
09/16 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
09/17 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
09/18 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
09/19 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
09/29 Charlotte, NC – Underground
09/30 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/02 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
10/03 New Bedford, MA – The Vault
10/06 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
10/07 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/08 Albany, NY – Empire Live
10/09 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
10/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho Clarifies Comments On The Band’s Use Of Backing Tracks

Earlier this year, Fozzy’s Chris Jericho made headlines after admitting that the band use backing tracks during their live shows. Now, during a recent interview with Two Doods Reviews, the singer clarified his comments, saying that the group only use backing tracks for “ambience.”

Jericho said the following when asked if the band have to rely on backing tracks:

“Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I think there’s a real misconception… You used the word ‘rely’ — that’s also the wrong word to use as well. And Eddie Trunk actually came to our show at Asbury Park and did a whole show about FOZZY in that we’re all playing and singing a thousand percent. What we use tracks for is background noises, keyboards, industrial sounds for [our cover of FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD’s song] ‘Relax’ — ambience, that sort of thing. And that’s what bands use… That’s what we use backing tracks for. Take the tracks away… As a matter of fact, in Aurora, Illinois on this tour, the tracks completely shut down — we did the entire set exactly the way that it was, and it sounded great. It’s just you have the ear candy and little extra nuances that makes the show just better. It makes it sound better because you’re hearing things that you can’t do if you don’t have a keyboard player or a string section. ‘Army Of One’ has a whole symphony on it. What are we gonna do? Pack up 15 guys in a tour bus and take them with us down to wherever the hell we are? Obviously, some bands do use them more. SANTA CRUZ was using ’em — that’s the band. We toured with SANTA CRUZ.

I think in this day and age there’s so much of a debate about it where most people really don’t care. It just adds to the show. And most people don’t analyze it like that. But for the Eddie Trunk thing, you can go listen to his Sirius show and listen to him when he came to the Asbury Park show [at] the Stone Pony that we had. And he said, ‘I came to see the show, and I was analyzing it and they were singing and playing, and it was great. And they’re an awesome band.’

For whatever reason, we got lumped into this whole discussion — because I said we use tracks. Ask Zach [Myers] from SHINEDOWN if they use tracks. Ask Matt [M. Shadows] from AVENGED SEVENFOLD. It’s just how bands work. Unless you’re gonna go out there like THE [ROLLING] STONES with 17 people, and we can’t do that. It’s not plausible. It’s not practical. And like I said, this is rock and roll. If I wanna put fucking strings on a song, I’m gonna do it and play it on the track.

Guess what — when QUEEN was touring in the ’70s and they did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, they didn’t have five opera singers going, ‘Scaramouche, Scaramouche.’ They used tracks. Would you say QUEEN is a track band? No. But they used tracks. It’s okay. People, it’s okay.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Fozzy Premiere “I Still Burn” Music Video

Fozzy have premiered a new video for their latest single “I Still Burn.” This track is from the band’s new album “Boombox,“ which will be released on May 6.

Chris Jericho commented:

“‘I Still Burn’ is the story of the dreams, the passion and the fire that lie within all of us to be the absolute best we can be…and to do WHATEVER it takes to achieve the goals that make our dreams come true! The sacrifices, the losses, and the triumphs that we have all experienced make up the lyrical DNA of this song. #IStillBurn is Fozzy’s mission statement, our life’s work and our destiny…and we are so proud to share this message of victory with our Fozzy family!! Plus, Rich [Ward]’s guitar solo fuckin rules!!!”

Ward added:

“My entire career has been about pushing to the summit of the climb, never satisfied with boiling water with the Sherpas at Base Camp 2. I’ve been touring and making records for three decades, and I remain as passionate as ever. ‘I Still Burn’ is the story of the fire that fuels that passion. This is our story!”

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho: “We Use Backing Tracks For Some Songs, And Everybody Does”

During a recent interview with Meltdown of WRIF, Fozzy’s Chris Jericho confirmed that the band use backing tracks during their live shows. The frontman says the group utilize recordings “for some songs,” but added that “it doesn’t mean [they are] not singing and not playing.”

Jericho said the following:

“We use backing tracks for some songs, and everybody does. Unless you’re Guns N’ Roses… Let me rephrase that… If you’re in Slash‘s band… Guns N’ Roses has backing tracks. They have a keyboard player. It’s just the way of the world right now.

It doesn’t mean we’re not singing and not playing. If you’re listening to a record, you go to a Def Leppard gig and you hear ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me‘ that was recorded with 25 tracks of guitars, you can’t just go with two guitars on stage and in your right mind think there wasn’t something building up the background there. It’s just kind of the way that bands are. It doesn’t make you any less of a band. ‘Cause you know what? Queen used tracks in the ’70s. If you don’t believe me, watch it when they play ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ live.”

This news comes after Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) previously accused Jericho of lip-synching.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Fozzy Score First Gold Record With “Judas”

The title track of Fozzy’s 2017 album “Judas” has officially been certified gold by the RIAA. The track achieved the status after moving 500,000 units in the U.S.

Chris Jericho commented:

“Being awarded a GOLD record has been a dream of mine ever since I started listening to The Beatles at nine years old and saw a picture of them getting an award for ‘Beatles VI’. Then as I grew older and heard Ozzy talk about his “gold discs” and seeing the walls of Rudolf Schenker’s house plastered with framed Scorpions awards, I set my goals on someday getting one of my own. And for ‘Judas’ to have sold 500,000 units in this day and age, completely blows my mind as a fan and a musician, and also makes me realize how far Fozzy has come and how far we are going to go!! Thanks to ALL OF YOU for making this dream come true for me and the guys. I can’t wait to hang my award on my wall…just like Rudolf.”