INTERVIEW: CHRIS JERICHO | FOZZY RETURN TO AUSTRALIA WITH JUDAS

FOZZY is bringing their new album and the Judas Rising Tour to Australia for their first headline run since 2010 & their first Aussie appearance since 2013.

We spoke with Fozzy lead singer and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho while he was in Italy travelling between shows. 

Judas as an album and a single has propelled Fozzy into a new level of success which Chris calls the “Judas effect”.

“It was the right song at the right place at the right time with the right band and it is as if it came out last night, it hasn’t stopped, it’s unbelievable the reception and reaction that ‘Judas’ is getting. It’s still getting a million Youtube views, basically every month, it’s insane because it has been out for about a year and a half,” Chris explains. 

“We’re just going with it, the band is ready as performers. We knew eventually something like this would happen, we just didn’t know when and didn’t expect anything so big for ‘Judas’, it has become our calling card song much like ‘Enter Sandman’ or something like that. As soon as you hear the song people know who it is.”

There aren’t a lot of bands that can match Fozzy’s onstage energy and natural charisma. With decades under his belt as a wrestler, Chris has plenty of experience in front of a live audience and has been inspired by rock n’ roll for years. 

“I’ve got most of my persona in wrestling from rock n’ roll, I was a big fan of Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth and all those other guys.”

“It’s a whole part of being in front of a live audience, it’s about establishing a connection with the crowd, you have to establish a connection with your fans if you can do that you’ll always have a gig. And that’s the only element of live performance whether it is wrestling, music, stand-up comedy, plays, whatever it may be.”

As well as being a frontman, wrestler, actor and podcast host, Chris has also written four books, including three autobiographies and his most recent book ‘No Is A Four Letter Word’ a self-help styled guide with 20 of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want.

“One of the reasons why I wanted to do ‘No Is A Four Letter’ word a little bit differently is because I’ve done a lot of those [autobiographies] and I thought it was time to try something a little bit different. And it really worked, I was really happy with that book, and it’s probably my favourite out of all of them that I have done. I haven’t started working on a new book now because I’m not sure exactly when I want to do it. It’s a lot of work to do a book, but having said that It’s always a lot of fun and really gratifying. But having four books in ten years is a pretty good pace, so I’ll probably take a little bit of a sabbatical before I start figuring out what to do for the next one.”

When he’s not playing gigs around the world with Fozzy, Chris still returns to the wrestling ring most recently winning the IWGP Intercontinental title in New Japan Pro Wrestling and in October is hosting his own music and wrestling hybrid boat cruise, ‘Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea’. He’s done just about everything possible in the wrestling world on the biggest stage of them all with WWE and hasn’t got anything specific left to achieve.

“Zero goals. I have zero goals. If I never wrestle another match again it wouldn’t bother me at all. But I do like keeping people on the edge of their seat and surprising people. And any time somebody says ‘I know what Chris Jericho is going to do’, don’t ever say that, because you don’t. The only person who knows what I’m going to do is me, and that’s the way I like it!” he laughs.  

Fozzy play The Gov on Tuesday 13th November 

Tickets available from http://silverbacktouring.com.au/fozztralia

Read our interview with Rich Ward for more information about Judas here

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