CHRIS JERICHO & THE CHRISTMAS HELVES, led by FOZZY frontman and former WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, have released their cover of THE KINKS' 1977 song "Father Christmas". The track was reportedly written about a department store "Father Christmas" — what Santa Claus is known as in the U.K. — who is attacked by a gang of kids who tell him to give them money instead of toys.
Jericho's version of "Father Christmas" debuted on SiriusXM Octane last week and is now available on all the major streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Tidal and Deezer. You can also download the song at iTunes and Google Play. All proceeds are going to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Said Chris: "I've always wanted to do a Christmas song, as it's guaranteed annual airplay (and if I hear 'Wonderful Christmas Time' one more time, I'm gonna stuff myself down a chimney), so I put together the musical assassins known as 'The Christmas Helves' and banged out this sugarplum version of my favorite KINKS tune! Best part is all proceeds will be donated to JDRF to fight Juvenile Diabetes! So, grab your eggnog and frankincense...whatever the hell that is...and rock out with your Santa sack out!"
Acclaimed actor, wrestler, musician, author, podcaster, game show host and television personality, Jericho has established himself as a multi-faceted performer with millions of fans worldwide. Jericho is one of the most popular performers in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. In 2001 he was crowned the WWE Undisputed Champion and in 2017 become the first ever "Double Grand Slam" champion in WWE history. He has been named one of the top five most charismatic performers of all-time by WWE.com. In January 2019, he officially signed with All Elite Wrestling — a brand new pro wrestling company started by the owners of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, Tony and Shahid Khan.
Jericho hosts the hugely popular "Talk Is Jericho" podcast on Westwood One, that has amassed over 220 million downloads. Topics are diverse and past guests include Dennis Miller, Larry King, William Shatner, Steve Austin, DMC, Paul Stanley, Lars Ulrich, Kiefer Sutherland, Maria Menounos, Mike Tyson, Cheech Marin and Slash. His successful The Jericho Network also produces over a half dozen hit podcasts per week.
Chris is the lead singer of the internationally successful rock band FOZZY, whose seventh album, "Judas", has over 20 million streams on Spotify, while the hit single title track has over 29 million YouTube views, was No. 1 on iTunes charts in eight different countries and spent nine weeks in the top ten on the Active Rock Charts in the USA.
Jericho is also a four-time New York Times bestselling author with his autobiographies 2007's "A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex", 2011's "Undisputed: How To Become The World Champion In 1,372 Easy Steps" and 2014's "The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea" and "No Is A Four Letter Word" all displaying his witty, self-deprecating writing style.
Chris was a popular contestant on Season 11 of "Dancing With The Stars", hosted the ABC game show "Downfall" and the Syfy reality series "Robot Combat League" and received huge social media coverage for his appearances on "Whose Line Is It Anyway", "The Tonight Show" and AMC's "The Talking Dead".
Jericho's acting credits include featured roles in the Kevin Smith films "Kilroy Was Here" and "Jay And Silent Bob Reboot", Comedy Central's hilarious digital series "Nothing To Report", Nickelodeon's "The Thundermans", as well as creating, producing and starring in CBC's critically acclaimed original series "But I'm Chris Jericho", with Season 2 released in December 2017.
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