The Power Hour Interview: Chris Jericho
WWE Superstar and front man rockstar Chris Jericho stopped by The Power Hour to talk about his band Fozzy, their new album Do You Want to Start a War and the aftermath of his WWE battleground win.
Jericho explained the excitement that goes into making a record and the nerves he has as he waits for the reviews.
“I think that any time you do a record you spend a lot on it. You work for month and months and months and then it’s done. It’s been in the can done since March, we did the record and finished, you’re like man, ‘this is the best record that we’ve ever done.’ We’re super excited about it, but you’re always a little nervous to find out if other people feel the same way. Now that we’re actually here and we’re getting all these crazy reviews about how much people are loving it. Light Goes Out the first single is our first Top 40 hit. It’s really kind of gone through the roof already and it hasn’t even come out yet. So, it’s cool! Because your are little bit nervous, you can only make a record for yourself and make sure that you like it. But of course you want everyone else to like it too. When the reviews start coming out and you start getting that feedback, you breath a sigh of like, ‘alright we weren’t crazy this is really the best thing we’ve ever done,’” Jericho said.
Listen to the full interview below:
CHRIS JERICHO BIO
Chris Jericho is a six time WWE champion and has been named one of the top ten most popular wrestlers of all time by wwe.com. In 2001 he was made the first ever undisputed champion in the history of the wrestling business and has gone on to win over 30 championships.
Chris is the lead singer of the international touring band Fozzy, whose fifth CD Sin And Bones debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart and cracked the Top 200 at number 143. Lead single ‘Sandpaper’ stayed in the top 10 at US rock radio for 12 weeks. Fozzy’s new album is out in July of 2014.
Jericho is a two-time New York Times Bestselling author with his two autobiographies, 2007’s A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex, and 2011’s Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps (which peaked at #9 on the list) displaying his witty and highly entertaining writing style. A third book is due in the fall of 2014.
His wildly successful podcast, ‘Talk Is Jericho’, airs every Wednesday and is ranked #1 on iTunes and at http://www.podcastone.com/Talk-Is-Jericho.
Chris competed in season 11 of the wildly popular ABC show Dancing With The Stars and guested on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ellen and Rachel Ray. He was also the host of the primetime game shows DownFall on ABC in the summer of 2010 and Robot Combat League on SyFy in the winter of 2013.
Jericho wrote and created the web series comedy ‘But I’m Chris Jericho’ and his acting credits include roles in the motion pictures MacGruber, Albino Farm and Android Apocalypse. Chris was also a regular guest performer with the legendary comedy troupe, The Groundlings.
Born in Manhasset, NY, Jericho grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and now currently resides in Tampa, FL.
ABOUT FOZZY AND NEW ALBUM DO YOU WANNA START A WAR
Fozzy have announced they will release their highly anticipated, new full-length studio album Do You Wanna Start A War (Century Media Records) on July 22nd! Fans can now pre-order the 12-track album at iTunes and receive an instant download of the song “One Crazed Anarchist.” Preview the track now and watch the new lyric video premiering exclusively at Revolver. Recently, the band unveiled a new lyric video for the debut single impacting at radio now “Lights Go Out,” that can also be viewed online. Wrapping a spring tour that had them performing at festivals across the country including Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion and Rockfest along with many other shows throughout the U.S., Fozzy will be performing June 14th in the U.K. on the main stage of the Download Festival. A confirmed U.S. summer tour will be announced soon.
Led by the inimitable duo of guitarist Rich Ward, co-founder of the influential underground band Stuck Mojo, and vocalist Chris Jericho, famed WWE superstar and media personality, the band Fozzy has really always been about one thing: having fun. Produced by Ward, Do You Wanna Start A War is the bands follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 release Sin and Bones, and sixth studio effort since 2000. Featuring 12-tracks, the new album includes the debut single “Lights Go Out,” alongside the title track and the return of the Theremin in “Bad Tattoo.” As described by Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, “Do You Wanna Start A War is dark, dense and sharp. Sonically and lyrically, this feels like it’s going somewhere big. I love it!”
What started out for guitarist Rich Ward as a weekend cover band, called Fozzy Osbourne, soon became an internationally signed act with the biggest star in professional wrestling, Chris Jericho, as its lead singer. With adopted stage names and an elaborate backstory written for the movies, the band’s early recordings consisted mainly of cover songs ranging from Black Sabbath and Dio, to Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe. Jericho’s singing ability and overall passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to find the time to excel in pretty much everything he does, while Ward counting Zakk Wylde and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold as fans, is probably one of the greatest, and unjustly so, underrated guitarists in rock and metal today. It was these qualities that pushed the band to drop alter egos, get rid of the backstory and write original music.
Over the course of the next seven years, the band did just that; three albums worth to be exact. The records were fit in between Jericho’s wrestling, TV and writing career. It wasn’t until their last release Sin and Bones though that the band really started to hit their stride. Jericho was winding down his involvement with sports, the band was touring more than ever before and their live show was as strong as ever sharing the stage with such music luminaries as Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Steel Panther, Shinedown, and many others. The entertainment, the fun factor, the showmanship were all there and in full force. More so than any point in the bands’ career.
By the time Do You Wanna Start A War is released, a horde of seasoned and newfound fans will have seen Fozzy live and heard new tracks off the album. They will have witnessed one of the greatest performances they’ve ever seen, they will have witnessed one of the best frontman in any genre of music sing some of the catchiest songs they’ve heard in ages and most importantly, they will have had the best time in their lives doing it.
Fozzy is Chris Jericho on vocals, Rich Ward on guitars and vocals, Frank Fontsere on drums, Billy Grey on guitars, and Paul Di Leo on bass.
Fozzy: Do You Wanna Start A War tracklisting
1. Do You Wanna Start A War
2. Bad Tattoo
3. Lights Go Out
4. Died With You
6. Brides of Fire
7. One Crazed Anarchist
10. No Good Way
Source: Premiere Networks