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.
Fozzy’s Chris Jericho has shared an orchestral version of the band’s song “Judas.” You can check that out below:
During Fozzy’s July 14 show at Wildwood in Iowa City, Iowa, the band performed a new song titled “The Vulture Club.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:
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 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’.”
Fozzy have shared a teaser for their new song “Sane” and its accompanying video. The full clip will be released on Friday (May 28). Notably, the track will also debut on SiriusXM’s “Octane” tomorrow (May 26).
Fozzy have postponed their “Save The World” tour once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place this fall with Through Fire, Royal Bliss, Zero Theorem, and Black Satellite set to open.
09/02 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
09/03 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/04 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
09/05 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood
09/06 Kansasville, WI – 1175
09/09 Harrisburg, PA – HMAC
09/11 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
09/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s
09/13 Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
09/16 Angola, IN – Eclectic Room
09/17 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
09/19 Cleveland, OH – The Winchester
09/20 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
09/27 Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi
09/30 Nashville, TN – The Cowan
10/03 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
10/04 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
10/07 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
Fozzy’s 30-minute “Fozzy Across America” documentary is now available to watch on YouTube. The film focuses on October 14, 2017, the day that the group became the first band to play three shows in three different time zones in one day.
Fozzy will be playing a livestream concert at Madison Studios in Atlanta, GA on November 14. Tickets for the virtual event can be found HERE. Notably, the band will also be streaming a 30-minute documentary titled “Fozzy Across America” before the set. That film focuses on three shows that the group played in three different time zones on the same day. Chris Jericho commented:
“After having to postpone our ‘Save The World Tour‘ multiple times due to the continuing lockdown, we decided we wanted to do something special for all of our fans worldwide who rocked with us over the past three years on the ‘Judas‘ tour cycle! So, on November 14, we will be coming at you LIVE without a net, to play some kick ass rock n roll for you all! We’re also gonna tell you some fun road stories, have a few drinks and maybe even do some Riverdancing! So come join us and let’s all celebrate and commemorate the most successful album and tour of Fozzy‘s career.”
Fozzy recently played shows in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. One photo from the South Dakota concert has since surfaced online and it appears that fans were not wearing masks or engaging in social distancing. Despite this, frontman Chris Jericho has defended their decision to return to the stage.
Jericho said the following on the latest episode of his “Saturday Night Special” series:
“We actually did [two] shows [so far] this week. And the reason for that is we had our tour — the ‘Save The World’ tour — which was originally booked for April and May, it got postponed to July and August, then got postponed to October and November. But four shows remained in August. And I was, like, ‘How?’ The shows are in South Dakota, and North Dakota, and we have one in Fort Madison, Iowa, which is right near the border of South Dakota.”
“The reason why the shows are happening — have happened; we did two already, and we’ve got our third one tonight — is because these states of North Dakota and South Dakota have low COVID cases; less than a thousand in both states. I think Florida had, like, nine thousand today alone. The venues are kind of either outside or they’re half capacity. We’re sold out tonight in Minot with, I think, 50 percent capacity. Last night, we were sold out in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with, I think it was 35 percent capacity. We hand out masks at the door, there are temperature checks — all that sort of stuff. We basically just stay on the bus all day. Everyone in the FOZZY camp — crew and band — has been tested.”
“It’s been so great to be back on stage again after seven months. The last gig we played was on the Jericho cruise, which is so hard to believe — it was like on a different planet, back in the days before the ‘rona changed everything.”
Fozzy are scheduled to perform in Sturgis, South Dakota tonight (August 9) as part of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.