A young, ambitious band signs with a major record label to move to Japan and become huge mega-stars. The record company goes out of business, leaving the young band stranded for well over twenty years while all of their demos are stolen by other bands to be recorded in the United States. After finally saving up enough money, the band triumphantly returns to the United States to claim their glory. This story is a work of fiction but if you asked any member of Fozzy in the year 2000, they’d swear by it. Of course, you’d have a hard time convincing the lead singer that he was in fact professional wrestler, Chris Jericho and not Moongoose McQueen. In recent years, Fozzy has risen to stardom and dropped the silly back-story. Their true story is far more interesting.
The year was 1999 when professional wrestler Chris Jericho met quitarist Rich Ward after a match in San Antonio, Texas. Jericho and Ward discussed their love of metal music when Jericho told Ward of his musical ambitions that had followed him since his childhood. Ward invited Jericho to come by his home and jam with a group of friends he assembled weekly. The cover group was given the name Fozzy Osbourne (a play on legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne). The group enjoyed playing together and decided to arrange a gig. Their first show took place at “The Hangar” a club in Marrieta, Georgia. Jericho would regularly sit in but was not a regular member. In 2000, Jericho injured himself in the ring and couldn’t work for four months. Jericho decided to take this time to adapt the moniker “Moongoose McQueen” and tour with Fozzy Osbourne.
Later in the year 2000, the band changed its name to simply “Fozzy”. Record labels liked the idea of a gimmicky cover band with a professional wrestler lead singer and the band soon signed with Megaforce records and released its debut album. The album feautured covers of classic metal songs from artist such as Dio, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe/ The album only featured two original songs. The album was expected to be a hit as wrestling fans were sure to purchase it based on Jericho’s fame alone. The album sold just over 4,000 copies. The band went on to produce another album under the gimmick.
As 2005 rolled in, Fozzy decided to drop the cover band gimmick and go for a more straight forward album. Fozzy released its third studio album “All That Remains”. The album proved to be the band’s big breakthrough and claimed much critical and commercial success. The two singles “Enemy” and “Nameless Faceless” received moderate play on rock radio. By 2009, Fozzy signed with Riot Entertainment to release the album “Chasing the Grail”.
In 2012, the band saw its greatest success yet with the release of “Sin and Bones”. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s chart and became the band’s best selling album to date. Ward and Jericho were praised for their song writing. The band continued to tour through most of the next two years. Earlier this year, Fozzy announced a new album titled “Do You Wanna Start a War?” and released the single “Lights Go Out”. The song hit #3 on iTunes just days after its release.
With the new album on the way and Fozzy seeing its greatest success yet, the sky is the limit for the metal band. Jericho continues to impress with powerful vocals and Rich Ward is praised for his guitar work. The band is sure to keep rising. Fozzy has become on of the hottest metal bands today and shows no signs of slowing down in the immediate future!