Fozzy : Interview with Chris Jericho

WWE superstar and rock star extraordinaire Chris Jericho took a little time out of his busy schedule for some hero worship (Ok, so it was a lot) from us at CackBlabbath and to answer some questions about Fozzy’s recent album launch and forth coming tour (And we managed to sneak in some wrestling questions too).

I listened to ‘Sin & Bones’ last night, and I must say I was seriously impressed. What inspired you to a) be a wrestler, and b) be a rock star afterwards?

They are the two things I wanted to do all my life. I kind of had these two dreams and I stayed focused. I wanted to play music and record songs and that sort of thing, and we’ve been going on for 13 years now…

13 years in the making, I guess. I know you take time out from wrestling to go on tour with Fozzy, and I believe you’re just about to embark on a UK tour and you’re going to be playing in Leeds?

Yeah, we start on November the 22nd or the 23rd,and yeah we are in Leeds this time round – it’s always a great time there, and we are glad to be back.

Cool!! Now let’s talk about ‘Sin & Bones’; where did the inspiration for that album come from?

Well, we decided that we wanted to make a record that was very cohesive for all of the songs, you know, with a certain tone. We wanted to make heavy music, but melodic, with the choruses there are a lot of harmonies and that sort of thing. We concentrated on making ten songs that would take you on a journey, a musical journey so to speak. It wasn’t so much anything other than we had a straight goal for what we wanted to do, every song on the record has a certain vibe, a certain feel to it.

Now, that last track, ‘Storm The Beaches’ gave me the impression that you were writing about the second world war, how did that come about?

Well, it’s a 12 minute epic tune.. I heard the title of the song, and thought it would be really cool to write a song about D-Day. I went online and found a letter by a kid who had survived D-Day, and had written to his mother, and after reading that, came up with about seven or eight lyrical pieces.

Wow, so that track is based on a true story?

Well, yeah, obviously D-Day is a true story, but I researched the letter, and felt that I had to really know what I was talking about when I was writing lyrics, and it’s a pretty accurate, historical account of what happened.

Do you find there is a kind of stigma attached to yourself, because everyone identifies you as a wrestler first? Would you say it deters people from listening to your music, or would you say it draws your wrestling fans to give your band a chance?

When we first started there wasn’t really a lot of presence with the band, but as time has gone on, we kept bringing out record after record, people started to buy them. See, we know that there is prejudice, but we also know that our music stands up..