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.