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.
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 .
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. The album’s title track was released as the lead single from the album on May 5, 2017. 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. The song also hit #1 on the Sirius/XM Octane charts.
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”
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
- Chris Jericho – lead vocals, piano
- Rich Ward – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Frank Fontsere – drums, percussion
- Billy Grey – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Paul Di Leo – bass guitar, backing vocals
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