The band Fozzy is returning back to their roots, at the Virginia Beach Lunatic Luau this Friday, May 17th, the site where Fozzy kicked off their world Judas Rising Tour back in 2017. Since then, they have spanned the globe and have been performing all over the world to rave reviews.
Fozzy has always been about bringing good times back to rock and roll with their brand of sweaty, loud, spandex-clad performances that always leave the fans wanting more. We are indeed very fortunate to have the band bring it back to us again here in Virginia Beach.
Chris Jericho, the lead singer and founding member of the heavy metal band Fozzy, multiple world champion pro wrestler extraordinaire as well as a New York Times best-selling author and podcast giant, talked to us about his passion of music and shares a wrestling story or two.
Chris Jericho: I always wanted to be in a rock and roll band and I always wanted to be a wrestler. I have been playing in a band since I was 13 years old. I like both and I can do both. Rich Ward and I started Fozzy back in 2000. It’s been very gratifying because we spent a lot of time building this thing. We harnessed it, manifested it and the last 7-8 years, we have made Fozzy our priority.
Yiorgo: Who are the band members for Fozzy?
C J: Rich Ward plays guitar and backing vocals; Frank Fontsere is on drums and percussion. The three of us have been in the band from the start. We also have Paul Di Leo on bass guitar and backing vocals and Billy Grey on guitar and backing vocals. They have been with us for the last 8-9 years. It’s all about the chemistry. You know its cool to have dragons flying through the ceiling and fireworks going off, but for us, we are the show.
Y: In the past, Fozzy’s music has been featured for several World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) pay-per-views. How did that happen?
C J: We submit the song and if they like it they use it. With “Judas” and NXT, it really was a perfect fit. NXT is more of a rebel, sexier, younger, with a more contemporary vibe, we thought it would be a perfect mix to use “Judas” with NXT and it actually came through HHH. I sent him the song, he loved it and he said, “You can submit it to WWE if you want, but I want to use it for NXT Chicago”. I was like, yea dude lets do that! From every album they have used something. They have used “Enemy”, “Lights Go Out”, and “Judas”.
Y: Can you tell the story about winning the Universal Championship, going home and telling your wife how you just beat the Rock and Stone cold Steve Austin to become the Universal Champion?
C J: I got home all excited, I told her and she said, “That’s nice dear, now don’t forget to take out the garbage.” You know sometimes when you go on the road and live the life as a rock star or a big WWE superstar, you come home and you realize I still have to clean the hamster cage or whatever, change the dippers and unclog the toilets. That’s the balance and why I’m able to do what I do because when I go home all I do is family stuff. I don’t have any friends in Tampa, not in a bad way, and if we want to go out that’s something else. Plus I want to give the love of my life, my beautiful wife a break, because when I’m on the road, she is a single mom with our three kids, a 15-year old son and 12-year old twin daughters that I love very much. My wife Jessica is my Rock.
Y: Thank you Chris for your time. So fans, fasten your seatbelts and you are sure to enjoy the ride that Fozzy will take you on May 17th at the Virginia Beach Lunatic Luau and everywhere else as they continue to perform all over the world.
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Yiorgo is a Hampton Roads arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also an educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.