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No matter what people say, bigger is always better – especially when we’re talking
heavy metal. And heavy metal doesn’t get much bigger than Fozzy.
The band is the brainchild of Rich Ward and Chris Jericho, two larger-than-life,
trailblazing personalities that have spent the past decade shaping their own brand of
sonic splendor, Ward’s incendiary guitars forging a path for Jericho’s inimitable vocals
atop a rhythmic foundation of earth-rattling proportions.
Not that anybody should be surprised. Ward is one of metal’s pioneers – the
mastermind of Stuck Mojo, he soldered metal with rhythmic rap vocals long before it
became fashionable, touring the world with some of metal’s biggest bands and being
hailed as one of both Pantera legend Dimebag Darrell and BLS/Ozzy axeman Zakk
Wylde’s favorite guitarists. And frontmen don’t come more dynamic than Chris Jericho,
one of pro wrestling’s biggest superstars, the embodiment of charisma, and the
byproduct of lifetime spent immersed in heavy metal.
Enter Chasing the Grail. Released in 2010, the band’s fourth studio album debuted at
No. 6 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s chart and shows just how much musical ground
Fozzy have conquered since the release of their first single in 2000, a faithful cover of
the Krokus classic “Eat the Rich.” The latest recordings are Fozzy in their full metal
glory, 12 tracks (including radio hits “Martyr No More” and “Broken Soul”) of the most
powerful music North America has to offer, capturing the band’s powerhouse fusion of
genres - power metal roots bleeding with progressive style and a classic feel.
Look no further than “Let the Madness Begin,” which was the most-downloaded single
on Amazon from Feb. 22 – March 10, 2010. The track has helped drive Fozzy to new
heights in the metal world, where they appeared alongside metal’s Big 4 – Metallica,
Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – at the Knebworth Sonisphere festival July 10, 2011,
and were awarded a marquee, show-opening performance at the 2011 Revolver
Golden Gods Awards, where Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl called them to the
stage, and where Jericho remained to host the night’s festivities.
Fozzy have emerged as a worldwide force on the touring circuit, conquering stages
from Los Angeles to Lichtenvoorde, and everywhere in between. And after their
successful string of dates on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR festival, their
live assault has been captured on new release Remains Alive and issued throughout
Europe in July 2011 by earMUSIC. The 2-disc collector’s package includes an Australian
headlining concert recorded in 2005, as well as Chasing the Grail as a bonus disc.
Having spent the past decade sharing Jericho’s attention with his iconic professional
wrestling career, the band is now the subject of the six-time WWE wrestling
champion’s undivided focus, even earning the spotlight in Undisputed, his second New
York Times best-selling book, and first to crack the Top 10, peaking at No. 8.
Jericho and Ward have combined to sell more than 1.2 million records in their heralded
careers , but those numbers are a fraction of the audience Fozzy were introduced to
when their frontman made the Top 6 as a contestant on season 10 of Dancing with the
Stars – one of the biggest television shows in the world.
Fozzy conquered prime time – now it’s time to conquer the world of heavy metal.
Let the madness begin…
- Happenstance (2002)
- All That Remains (2005)
- All That Remains Reloaded (2008)
- Chasing The Grail (2010)
- Remains Alive/Chasing The Grail (2011)
Chris Jericho, a talented actor, television personality, radio host, writer and musician, has established himself as a multifaceted performer. His unique ability to display talent and charm in each outlet contributes to his successes across the board.
Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is best known as one of the most popular wrestling champions in history. In 2001 he was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE and has gone on to hold a total of 29 different championships throughout his 12 year tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Chris is the lead singer of the internationally successful rock band Fozzy, whose fourth CD, Chasing The Grail, peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart in 2010. Fozzy’s five records have sold
500,000 units worldwide and the band has played sold out shows in the US, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. Videos for the tracks “Eat The Rich,” “With The Fire,” and “Enemy,” enjoyed rotation on MTV, MTV2, FUSE and Much Music.
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 spring of 2013.
Chris competed in season 11 of the wildly popular ABC show, Dancing With The Stars, which led to appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ellen and Rachel Ray. He was also the host of the ABC primetime game show DownFall in the summer of 2010.
Jericho’s acting credits include roles in such motion pictures as MacGruber, Albino Farm and the SyFy Channel original film Android Apocalypse and he was a regular guest performer with the legendary comedy troupe, The Groundlings and the all-improv show, Cookin’ with Gas. He hosted the XM Radio show The Rock Of Jericho from 2006-07 and has recently just restarted it on the Sixx Sense channel XM 164, Saturdays at 5pm est.
Born in Manhasset, NY, Jericho grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and now currently resides in Tampa, FL.
Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer
Rich started his music career as the guitar player and creative force behind the Legendary Rap/Metal band STUCK MOJO. Stuck Mojo would go on to pioneer an entire genre of music…called “rap core”, touring incessantly in support of several highly successful, critically acclaimed albums (Snappin Necks, Pigwalk, Violated, Rising, Declaration of a Headhunter, Southern Born Killers, The Great Revival).
Being credited as a founder of the musical genre rap/core was just the beginning. Rich then created his solo projects, culminating in The Duke, a more 70's influenced melodic rock band, eventually recording a solo album entitled, “My Kung Fu Is Good” in 2005. The album was released by Spitfire Records and showcases Rich’s songwriting ability with tightly crafted pop-rock tunes containing hooks, melodies and choruses tailor-made for radio.
Along the while, Rich had found a kindred spirit in then WCW Superstar, Chris Jericho in 1999, the two decided to jam for fun…and FOZZY was born. At first, the group was basically the world’s greatest metal cover band. Before their third gig together, Fozzy was offered a record deal through a partnership between Palm and Megaforce Records. To date Fozzy has recorded five albums, performed live on national television, performed on music’s largest festivals and toured the world over.
Most recently, Rich became a touring member of Adrenaline Mob with Mike Portnoy, Russell Allen, Mike Orlando and Paul Di Leo.as well as becoming a founding member of Walking With Kings, a Christian rock band featuring singer Terry Chism, drummer, Frank Fontsere & bassist Simon Farmery.
Frank began drumming at the age of 10 after receiving his first kit as a Christmas present. After 6 months of formal lessons he decided to teach himself by playing along to his favorite albums. The usual string of local bands striving for fame and fortune followed until in 1996 Frank got a break in the form of Stuck Mojo. He began touring with the band supporting their debut album for Century Media Records entitled "Snapping Necks". Frank remained a member of the band until 2000 recording the albums "Violated" (European E.P.), "Pigwalk", "Rising", "HVY 1", and "Declaration of a Headhunter". Stuck Mojo toured constantly during this period completing several tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners and also opening for the likes of Pantera, Type O Negative, Testament, Machine Head, Sevendust, Clutch and Biohazard. Highlights of this period included playing the main stage twice ('96 and '98) at the Prestigious "Dynamo Open Air" festival in Holland and being voted "Best Live Band" by MTV Europe in 1996.
In 2000 Stuck Mojo went on hiatus leaving Frank and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward an opportunity to form Fozzy with then WCW Superstar Chris Jericho. Fozzy released its self-titled debut album on Megaforce records in 2000. The album was released in conjunction with a half-hour long "mockumentary" entitled "Unleashed, Uncensored, Unknown" which debuted on MTV Nov 28, 2000. A second album followed in 2002 called "Happenstance" and in 2005, Fozzy released it's first album of all original material called "All That Remains” featuring guest appearances by Zakk Wilde, Marty Friedman, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy and Bonecrusher with the single "Enemy" receiving strong radio airplay. Highlights of the tour included a spot on England's "Download" festival and tours of Europe and Australia.
2006 saw Frank looking to spread out and play with some other people. He joined Atlanta band Soundevice with former Stereomud vocalist Erik Rogers and Love Said No which featured vocalist Rogers but also Primer 55 guitarist and Soulfly bassist Bobby Burns. A four song E.P. was recorded and a full U.S. tour embarked with Frank playing drums for Love Said No and the reformed Primer 55 at the same time.
In early 2009 Frank rejoined Fozzy and Stuck Mojo and recorded "Chasing the Grail” which was released in January of 2010. The album has received numerous glowing reviews and the first single "Martyr No More" was chosen to be the theme song for WWE's Royal Rumble, followed by 18 months of tours in the US, U.K., Europe, and Australia. In 2011 Frank added drummer for Christian artist Walking With Kings to his resume.
Frank is endorsed by Vic Firth drumsticks, Sabian Cymbals and uses Tama Drums.
Billy grew up in Charlotte, NC and currently calls Atlanta, GA home.
He began playing guitar in his teens after being influenced by Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen and Lindsey Buckingham. He counts Dimebag Darryl and Tom Morello as recent inspirations.
Billy’s recording career began in 1998 with his trio Method 51. In 2002, he joined Fozzy during the Happenstance tour, doing shows in the US and Europe. Later he became a member of Soundevice, which later became Love Said No, with Frank Fontsere on drums. In 2009 Billy formed Dangerous New Machine, whose single “Skeletons,” garnered rotation on multiple stations and satellite radio throughout the U.S.
Billy re-joined Fozzy in 2010 for the Chasing The Grail tour and has become a permanent member and integral part of Fozzy’s sound.