Live Review -Fozzy-True Rockstars of the 21st Century

Chris Jericho Brings Fozzy and Judas Rising Tour to Cleveland !

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Fozzy on stage
Fozzy on stage

Cleveland, Ohio – The intimate atmosphere of the Cleveland’s House of Blues was the perfect venue to host the return of ” Fozzy ” on their Judas Rising tour. I first heard of ” Fozzy ” about 18 years ago watching WWF as my ex was a fan of Chris Jericho and demanded I by their CD for her. I ended up actually playing it more then she did and that started the our musical fates being intertwined.I ended up meeting guitarist Rich ” The Duke ” Ward  in 2006 as I was assigned to photograph his band ” Stuck Mojo ” at the time and few years later at NAMM in California.The point of this back story is simple , if you are involved in the metal community , one way or another you will run head first into ” Fozzy ” and for that you will be forever changed.

Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward gets personal with the fans . Local legend and 1988 frontman Alex Schreckengost in the audience helping hold him up .
Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward gets personal with the fans . Local legend and 1988 frontman Alex Schreckengost in the audience helping hold him up .

The evening started like any other rock show , the house lights dimmed, the intro music started and the band hit the stage. Here is where the difference between ” Fozzy ” and most other bands differ . They do not play to the fans , they act as if everyone in the audience is a part of the band and they are playing for their friends.That difference created one of the best performances I have ever seen, the comradery on stage that filtered out to the audience created a sonic feeling of joy. It was almost of if happiness was blasting out the the speakers instead of songs. The best was yet to come .

Fozzy on stage
Fozzy on stage

The band is currently in support  of their seventh release ” Judas ”

Judas is the seventh studio album by the American heavy metal band Fozzy. It was released on October 13, 2017 through Century Media Records.[2] The album’s title track was released as the lead single[3] from the album on May 5, 2017.[4] Ahead of the album release, two additional songs were made available on streaming services: “Drinkin’ with Jesus” on September 15, 2017, and “Painless” on September 29, 2017.

The lead single was a  radio hit, spending 26 weeks on the Mainstream Rock chart and peaking at #5.[5] The song also hit #1 on the Sirius/XM Octane charts.

Fozzy on stage chest bumping .
Fozzy on stage chest bumping .

The night started out with the songs ” Judas ” ,  “Drinkin’ with Jesus” and “Anarchist ” and  followed with a 13 song set .   Some of my favorites of the evening were ” Painless ” , ” Sin and Bones ” ( I love that whole album ) and ” Sandpaper”

Fozzy on stage
Fozzy on stage

The musical talent of the band is like the finest pedigree of a thoroughbred racehorse. The songs include catchy riffs , soft melodies , blistering solos and anthemic chorus. The current line up includes

In closing , if you only see one band this summer on tour make sure you check out ” Fozzy ” .To see all things ” Fozzy ” please see the official website at http://www.fozzyrock.com

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