There have been plenty of talented wrestlers over the years, and Chris Jericho is one of the greatest of all time. But his talent extends beyond the ring, as he’s a bestselling author, podcast host and musician. Jericho’s wrestling career speaks for itself, but his work as a singer and the front man of Fozzy is underrated. I recently saw Fozzy in Manchester and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Here I discuss what makes Jericho a phenomenal entertainer and what makes Fozzy a band you need to listen to.
Fozzy have been performing for a long time and they’ve grown their fan base steadily. With the release of their latest rock album Judas, it’s put them on another level. I’ve seen Fozzy live three times and what makes them so entertaining is the passion for what they do. Naturally, Jericho is a big draw for the band. On the stage, Jericho makes an effort to get the crowd involved. More than that, he makes an effort to get to know the place he’s singing in. At the Manchester event he made a joke about being David Beckham, a former footballer who played for Manchester United. It was a great way to get a reaction from the crowd and we ate it up.
The first time I saw Fozzy it was because I was a wrestling fan and I wanted to see Jericho live. But as you watch the performance and listen to the music, you come to appreciate that Fozzy is bigger than one person. To truly appreciate Fozzy, I think it’s crucial to separate Jericho the wrestler from Jericho the entertainer. His singing ability is dynamic and melodic, playing off the riffs of his band mates. As a collective, each band member is very talented. In particular, guitarist Rich Ward is capable of some amazing riffs. During the Manchester performance, Ward did an incredible solo riff on the song called Enemy.
The song that’s brought Fozzy a lot of attention is called Judas. The lyrics are relatable because they reference betrayal and everyone has felt that at some point in their life. The ‘Judas Effect’ is a reflection of great work being recognised. Jericho’s vocals are impressive and he understands the psychology behind making a hit song.
Whether you’re a wrestling fan or a rock and heavy metal fan, I would recommend listening to Fozzy and going to see them live. You’ll be thoroughly entertained. If you’ve never heard Jericho sing, listen to Judas and it’ll make you a believer.