FOZZY

COUNTRY: USA

STYLE: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
PhotobucketFozzy is an American heavy metal band, formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1999. The lead singer, Chris Jericho, who is also a professional wrestler, resides in Florida, while the rest of the band live in Georgia. The band is currently signed to Century Media Records. The band consists of Jericho, along with members of Stuck Mojo including Rich Ward and Frank Fontsere, Billy Grey (Dangerous New Machine/formerly of Sick Speed) and Paul Di Leo.

Fozzy started out as Fozzy Osbourne, a play on the name of the singer Ozzy Osbourne, and was a cover band assembled by Ward from whatever musicians he could find in a given week. In 1999, Jericho and Ward met in San Antonio after a wrestling show, and Jericho was invited to play with the band. Their first show was held at the now-defunct club “The Hangar”, in the downtown square of Marietta, Georgia. Jericho sat in on a few sessions, but did not plan to play with them permanently. In 2000, unable to wrestle for four months due to a severe ankle injury, Jericho rejoined the band and became its front man under the persona of Moongoose McQueen, and the band went on tour. As part of the band’s “gimmick”, Jericho refused to acknowledge that Moongoose McQueen and Chris Jericho were the same person. When interviewed as Moongoose, he would stay in character the whole time and didn’t even know who Chris Jericho was. On the other side, Chris Jericho was a “huge fan” of Moongoose and Fozzy.

The band shortened its name to Fozzy, and adopted the satirical back-story that they had signed with a record company to move to Japan to be huge rock stars, but the company went out of business, leaving them stranded for 20 years, while all their demos were snatched and recorded by other bands. Soon afterward, Fozzy produced their first album, featured mostly cover songs by bands such as Dio, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe, as Fozzy had a satirical back-story that they had spent the last 20 years in Japan being megastars and once they returned to America, they realized that many famous artists have ripped off their songs.

However the album featured two original songs by Fozzy which included “End of Days” and “Feel The Burn” in which it was implied that the band had just recently written these songs and other bands hadn’t had the chance to “rip” these songs off them.

Prior to the album’s release, Megaforce had high hopes for the record, as they expected wrestling fans to flock to Fozzy and buy the record. However, the album failed commercially and only managed to sell 4,225 copies. The album also failed to chart on the Billboard 200. Due to the poor commercial reception of the album, Megaforce cancelled plans for the release of the album in Europe and a Fozzy documentary DVD as well as several other endorsements and appearances.
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Happenstance is the second album produced in 2002. For the album the band continue with their spoof that they had spent the last 20 years in Japan being megastars and once they returned to America, they realized that many famous artists have ripped off their songs. The album therefore features covers of songs by bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, W.A.S.P, Scorpions and Accept. However, the album also features five original songs by Fozzy.

The album had little commercial success as it went on to sell less copies than it predecessor. It managed to reach #34 on the Independent Albums charts. Allmusic reviewer Bradley Torreano gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and praised the songs “To Kill a Stranger” and “Happenstance”.

All That Remains is the third album from heavy metal group Fozzy. Unlike the two previous albums, All That Remains features all original songs as the band had dropped their spoof in favor of becoming a more recognized band rather than a gimmick, with the members using their actual names instead of stage names. It features Alter Bridge members Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde, rapper Bone Crusher, and Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. A remastered version of All That Remains, entitled All That Remains: Reloaded, was released on March 25, 2008. It is a two-disc set that features the album and a DVD called Live in the UK.

Prior to writing and recording the album, the band knew that they had their work cut out for them recording an all-original album for the first time. The band decided to record no filler material feeling every song had to be good. Rich Ward wrote all of the music and melodies while Jericho wrote the lyrics with Ed Aborn, a friend of the bands. The band recorded the album at Treesound Studios in Atlanta, and they used the same soundboard that was used on the album Synchronicity by the Police and Rush’s Moving Pictures. Elton John was also in the complex at the time recording his Peachtree Road album and Alter Bridge were recording their album One Day Remains. Jericho went downstairs to Alter Bridge’s studio and asked Mark Tremonti to do a guest solo on the track “The Way I Am”, and Myles Kennedy laid down backing vocals. The bands producer was friends with Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman who agreed to lay down a solo for “Born of Anger”. Zakk Wylde also played a solo for the song “Wanderlust”. Due to conflicts between Fozzy and their record company Megaforce/Palm, the band decided to record their third effort on their own label, Ash Records.

The album was released January 19, 2005, and proved to be Fozzys breakthrough album as it reached considerable commercial and critical success, mainly due to the success of their controversial lead single “Enemy”. The record went on to sell little over 100,000 copies but was praised by many rock magazines. The album´s lead single “Enemy” and “Nameless Faceless” achieved moderated success with “Enemy” receiving airplay on over 80 stations across the US and being used as the theme song of WWE pay-per-view No Way Out and “Nameless Faceless” reaching number 4 on the charts at XM Radio.

Due to the success of the album the band embarked on a tour between February 2005 to February 2006, where they went to England, Canada, Germany Australia and America. The band also got to play three times at the Astoria, one of the most prestigious venues in London where such popular acts like Metallica and The Beatles had once played. The band sold out the venue on all three nights. The band also took part of the 2005 Download Festival at Donington Park where they performed in front of 20,000 people and were met with positive reviews with Kerrang! magazine calling them “the surprise hit of the day”. Their time in England was highlighted in their All That Remains: Reloaded DVD “Live in the UK”. Soon after the release of All That Remains, plans for a fourth album were announced. On March 4, 2009, MetalUnderground.com reported that Fozzy had signed a worldwide record deal with Australian based Riot! Entertainment to release their fourth album, Chasing the Grail. The album’s lead single, “Martyr No More”, was announced as an official theme song for 2010 WWE Royal Rumble. The album was released in America in January 2010, followed by Australia (February) and Europe (March). Photobucket

On February 19, 2011, Jericho said during an interview with Active Rock radio station WBSX in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, that he had completed lyrics for a brand new Fozzy album and that Ward was beginning work on writing the music. The band hoped to have the new album released in February 2012. According to Fozzy’s official Facebook page, the recordings were done on May 4th, 2012. Fozzy’s live album Remains Alive was released on May 3, 2011, through Amazon.com. Fozzy released a brand new music video on June 7, 2011, which was shot at the Golden Gods Awards for the track “God Pounds His Nails”. In July 2011, Fozzy played the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, England. The band recently announced a headlining tour of the United Kingdom for November, 2011. On September 9, 2011, Sean Delson announced his “retirement” from Fozzy as their bass guitar player to resume work with Agent Cooper. Fozzy announced Paul Di Leo, the bass guitarist for Adrenaline Mob, as his replacement.

In January 2012, it was announced that Fozzy had signed with Century Media Records, and plan to release a new album and DVD later in the summer. Not soon after, Jericho hinted the new album on his Twitter page saying ‘New @FOZZYROCK album in August?!’. Jericho made a full-time return to the WWE on January 2, 2012, but despite this, Fozzy were announced to be a part of the Download Festival in the UK, in the summer. On July 17, Fozzy released the first single from Sin and Bones, titled “Sandpaper”. The song features guest vocals by M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold.

Lead singer Chris Jericho commented on the album “It’s the typical cliché, but Sin and Bones really is the best thing we’ve ever done. We’ve taken the heavy yet ultra-melodic style that has become Fozzy’s trademark to the next level and I guarantee these songs will blow all of you away!” At the pre-show to the Metal Hammer awards on June 11, Fozzy performed a new song set to be on the album called “Sandpaper”. During an interview at the 2012 Download festival, Jericho also stated that the band wanted to make Sin and Bones their Black Album in reference to Metallica’s critically acclaimed self-titled album that sent them into the mainstream.

ALBUMS

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– Fozzy [2000]
– Happenstance [2002]
– All That Remains [2005]
– Chasing the Grail [2010]
– Sin and Bones [2012]

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