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Fozzy’s Chris Jericho: “The pageantry of rock ‘n’ roll is in wrestling and vice versa”

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Fozzy frontman and wrestling icon Chris Jericho has spoken to NME ahead of the band’s upcoming ‘Spotlight On The UK’ tour – and his hopes to channel the charisma of rock legend Mick Jagger.Last year, Fozzy dropped their latest single ‘Spotlight’ and announced that they would embark on the ‘Spotlight On The UK’ tour – kicking off this week. ‘Spotlight’ shows off the band’s signature heavy metal sound, but with a new twist for fans.“I’d say it’s like if Metallica and Journey had a bastard child that was raised by AC/DC, you might have a little bit of a sense of what we sound like,” Jericho told NME of the band’s sonic approach.“It’s very melodic, it’s heavy, it’s very groove-oriented, but it’s good time music.

We built a reputation that when you come to a Fozzy gig, it’s just fun. There’s a lot of singing and chanting and jumping and just enjoying the groove.

We take great pride in that.”Speaking to NME about the upcoming tour, the sportsman-turned-musician stated that the band “take great responsibility” in “putting on the best shows that they can in the UK” because of the “many classic and great gigs” they’ve had in the country.Last August, the band performed their biggest show London show to date at the O2 Kentish Town Forum. “It’s amazing when any show you play is sold out,” he said. “I think anytime we play in the UK the shows just continue to get bigger and bigger.”However, he also shared that major cities are not the be-all-and-end-all when it comes to touring the UK – and loves to give lesser-visited towns a shot. “We played Middlesbrough and Southampton and Grimsby, all these great rock ‘n’ roll cities that you don’t even really know exist unless you’ve been there,” Jericho said.

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