Steel Panther Joined Onstage By *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone & Fozzy’s Chris Jericho At Recent Florida Shows

Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 300,000 people in the U.S., Steel Panther decided to play three shows in Florida on December 17-19, two which featured special guests. During the first date at the Ace Café in Orlando, the band were joined onstage by *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone for performances of “Girl From Oklahoma” and “Community Property.” During the second date at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, the band were joined onstage by Fozzy‘s Chris Jericho for a cover of Judas Priest‘s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’“ You can see footage of all that below:

[via The PRP]

Fozzy Announce “Capturing Judas” Livestream Concert

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.”

Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Etc. Set For 2021 Rock Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Rock Fest. The event will take place in Cadott, WI on July 15-17. There will also be a pre-show on July 14. Here’s the daily lineups:

July 14 (pre-show): Queensrÿche, Slaughter, Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, The Black Moods, Modern Mimes, and Unkle Daddy.

July 15: Disturbed, Staind, Theory Of A Deadman, Steel Panther, Saint Asonia, Memphis May Fire, Fozzy, Blacktop Mojo, Carnifex, Fire From The Gods, Falling Through April, Scattered Hamlet, Anything But Human, Digital Homicide, Any Given Sin, GFM, Jett Threatt, Nivrana, Drama Queen, and Contingency.

July 16: Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg, Anthrax, Badflower, Of Mice & Men, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Like A Storm, Crobot, Bones UK, Silvertung, Wildstreet, Distal Descent, City Of The Weak, Throw The Fight, Siin, Hammer Down Hard, Fresh Fighters, Dressed To Kill, Strange Daze, and Caster Volor.

July 17: Korn, Chevelle, Motionless In White, Avatar, We Came As Romans, Gemini Syndrome, Through Fire, Hyro The Hero, Rachel Lorin, Störmbreaker, Nuisance, Stellar Circuits, Your Screaming Silence, Evandale, Strate Jak It, Mad Alice, Cowboys From Hell, Probable Cause, and FMDown.

2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Reportedly Linked To Over 250,000 COVID-19 Cases

According to a new report, the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been linked to over 250,000 new cases of COVID-19. That event took place last month and it featured performances from Smash Mouth, Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, and more.

The following was said in the report:

“Large in-person gatherings without social distancing and with individuals who have traveled outside the local area are classified as the “highest risk” for COVID-19 spread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between August 7 and August 16, 2020, nearly 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, South Dakota for its annual motorcycle rally. Large crowds, coupled with minimal mask-wearing and social distancing by attendees, raised concerns that this event could serve as a COVID-19 “super-spreader.” This study is the first to explore the impact of this event on social distancing and the spread of COVID-19. First, using anonymized cell phone data from SafeGraph, Inc. we document that (i) smartphone pings from non-residents, and (ii) foot traffic at restaurants and bars, retail establishments, entertainment venues, hotels and campgrounds each rose substantially in the census block groups hosting Sturgis rally events. Stay-at-home behavior among local residents, as measured by median hours spent at home, fell. Second, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a synthetic control approach, we show that by September 2, a month following the onset of the Rally, COVID-19 cases increased by approximately 6 to 7 cases per 1,000 population in its home county of Meade. Finally, difference-in-differences (dose response) estimates show that following the Sturgis event, counties that contributed the highest inflows of rally attendees experienced a 7.0 to 12.5 percent increase in COVID-19 cases relative to counties that did not contribute inflows. Descriptive evidence suggests these effects may be muted in states with stricter mitigation policies (i.e., restrictions on bar/restaurant openings, mask-wearing mandates). We conclude that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally generated public health costs of approximately $12.2 billion”

[via Metal Injection]

Fozzy Playing Shows Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic, Chris Jericho Defends Their Decision

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.

[via Blabbermouth]

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The Wheelblocks (Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc.) Share Cover Of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High”

The Wheelblocks, the new supergroup featuring Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta, have premiered a new video for their cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” You can check that out below. You can also head to Loudwire to read a new interview in which Jericho discussed the project.

Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc. Members Launch New Project The Wheelblocks

Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta have announced a new project called The Wheelblocks. The band’s first single, a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High,” will be released on August 6.

Chris Jericho Says Fozzy’s New Album Will Feature 12 Songs Including One Cover

During a recent episode of his “Saturday Night Special” series, Chris Jericho revealed some more details for Fozzy’s upcoming album. He said the following:

“We are working now. I actually have the track listing of the new FOZZY record right here. There’s 12 songs. There’s 11 originals. One of them is ‘Nowhere To Run’, our last Top 10 hit. One of them is a cover song, which I’m not gonna tell you. So there’s 10 [new] original killer tracks on here. It’s our best album ever by far, and I can’t wait for you guys to get a chance to hear it. And we’re gonna start recording vocals… We did four songs of vocals already. And one of the songs is called ‘Ugly’. There you go. U-G-L-Y. You ain’t got no alibi. That’s all I’m saying.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho Sings A Cappella Version Of Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” After Sebastian Bach Recently Accused Him Of Lip-Syncing

As previously reported, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach recently started a Twitter feud with Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho after accusing him of lip-syncing. Now, Jericho has responded once again by singing an a capella version of Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” on the latest episode of his “Saturday Night Special” series. He also posted an extended version of the partial cover on Twitter:

UPDATE: Bach has since responded by posting a series of texts that he sent to Jericho after seeing the clip. Blabbermouth shared a screenshot of that:

He also added the following in response to a fan: