CHRIS JERICHO: FOZZY Is 'More Than Ready, Willing And Able To Continue The Vibe' of Classic Rock And Metal Bands

CHRIS JERICHO: FOZZY Is 'More Than Ready, Willing And Able To Continue The Vibe' of Classic Rock And Metal Bands

FOZZY singer Chris Jericho has dismissed the notion that rock is dead, saying that "rock and roll's exactly where it's always been."

While rock 'n' roll has been king of the music world for decades, in the past few years, it's been unseated by the growing popularity of hip-hop. This has caused many pundits to proclaim the genre "dead" from an industry perspective, noting that it has been eclipsed in all measures by pop, hip-hop, and EDM.

Jericho, who is a former WWE wrestling superstar, spoke about rock's supposed diminishing status during a brand new interview with the "ROCKwell Radio" show on The Edge.

Addressing the whole "rock is dead" debate, Jericho said (see video below): "It's not dead. Rock and roll's exactly where it's always been, which is kind of under the surface. I mean, you go back to the '80s or the '90s, rock bands were always big, and you get a few like, like METALLICA or GUNS N' ROSES or NIRVANA, that break out, but most of the time, most of the bands I listened to were never mainstream. IRON MAIDEN's still not mainstream and still does twenty thousand people a night. So it's not dead. Rock radio is not dead. Rock radio is still very influential. We know it, because the last record, our 'Judas' record, we had three Top 10 singles and it took us to a completely different level. I didn't realize that before the album came out. I just thought, 'Rock radio — who listens to rock radio?' But a lot of people do.

"People still like to rock, man," he continued. "And no matter how big rap gets, or pop music, you're always gonna have that, that people still wanna rock. And that's a cool thing now, with all these bands up and coming, 'cause sooner or later, there won't be an AC/DC or a GUNS N' ROSES or a METALLICA or an IRON MAIDEN. Who's gonna take over? I know we're ready to do it."

Elaborating on his belief that FOZZY is capable of taking over from some of his musical heroes, Jericho said: "Like I said, people like to have fun. And when you go to a FOZZY show, we make sure you have fun. It's not a dirty word. Drink some beer. Chant 'FOZZY.' Show your boobs if you're a guy or a girl — we don't care. Just have fun. And all the bands I love have that vibe.

"KISS is done after this [last] tour," he added. "THE [ROLLING] STONES, we don't know how much longer they're gonna be rocking. But we are more than ready, willing and able to continue the vibe of what we're talking about, which is just enjoying yourself and being happy to be alive."

Jericho recently confirmed to the FM99 WNOR radio station that FOZZY will enter the studio later this year to begin recording its new album, but that the follow-up to 2017's "Judas" won't arrive until 2020.

FOZZY's fall tour starts on September 5 in Denver and wraps on September 28 in Atlanta. The trek includes a September 14 date in Los Angeles opening for MAIDEN.


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).