FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO Doesn't Worry About All The Haters: 'Some People Are Gonna Like You And Some People Aren't'
May 11, 2022
In a new interview with Ghost Cult magazine, FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho spoke about being one of the most polarizing characters in wrestling and the hard rock music genre. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I learned a long time ago that you can't try and impress haters or try and change their mind. When you're in show business, some people are gonna like you and some people aren't; it's just the way that it goes. And that's fine. I don't worry about that. I don't really care for EDM music. I don't think that Dua Lipa really gives a shit what Chris Jericho thinks.
"I care about the fans that like FOZZY," he continued. "I care about the fans that haven't heard FOZZY, 'cause that's how the band grows — about making new fans. The ones that don't like us? That's fine. It's your right, and that's okay. So we really wanna make sure that we continue to build our fanbase, and the best way to do that is by growing the band and getting our band in front of people that have never really heard us or aren't as familiar with FOZZY. And I think we've been doing a really good job of doing that, especially over the last five years."
FOZZY's new album, "Boombox", was released on May 6. It is the follow-up to 2017's "Judas", the title track of which was recently certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for accumulating 500,000 certified units.
"Boombox", which includes the top 10 singles "Nowhere To Run" and "Sane", was once again produced by Johnny Andrews.
FOZZY's "Save The World" 2022 U.S. tour, featuring special guests GFM, KRASHKARMA and THE NOCTURNAL AFFAIR, started on March 31 in Detroit, Michigan and will wrap on May 16 in Sauget, Illinois.
In May 2021, FOZZY dropped a video for its first new song in two years, the aforementioned "Sane", which hit one million views in its first two weeks. This first-of-its-kind video was filmed on the longest wooden roller coaster on the planet today.
Ward and Andrews once again did "the lion's share" of the songwriting for the new LP, which was recorded primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to producing "Judas", Andrews previously co-wrote FOZZY's "Lights Go Out" track back in 2014. He has also written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM.
In November 2020, FOZZY appeared in its first global live streaming event from Madison Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
This past January, FOZZY parted ways with longtime drummer Frank Fontsere and replaced him with Grant Brooks (THROUGH FIRE).
Fontsere was a founding member of FOZZY, having formed the group in 1999 with Jericho and Ward.
When FOZZY announced Fontsere's departure, the band said that he was "stepping down to focus on his family and other projects."
FOZZY is Chris Jericho (vocals),Rich Ward (guitars, vocals),Grant Brooks (drums),Billy Grey (guitars) and P.J. Farley (bass).