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.”

Fozzy Premiere New Song “I Still Burn”

Fozzy have premiered a new song titled “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. ‘I Still burn‘ 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‘s [Ward] guitar solo fuckin rules!!!”

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.”