Having a hit single changes everything.
For years, Fozzy was a fun, occasionally goofy hard rock band best known for its lead singer, pro wrestler/author/raconteur Chris Jericho. But the band's new album Judas, released today, spawned a radio hit in the title track. And that, said Jericho, is a big deal on tour.
"We're doing more walkups than ticket sales, and ticket sales are great," said Jericho, who lives in Lutz. "The good thing with the album is, there's a lot of songs that are locked and loaded in the chamber. Judas wasn't the unanimous pick for the single. There's Painless and there's Elevator and there's Burn Me Out. We wanted to make this record like Hysteria or Appetite for Destruction or Kick by INXS, where there's five or six or seven singles on the radio, and when the single has reached its peak, the next single is ready to go, and it's just as good, if not better than the last."
A former WWE and WCW champion, Jericho, 46, has dabbled in a little bit of everything: Television (Dancing With the Stars, a galaxy of talking-head and panel shows), podcasting (Talk Is Jericho), film (MacGruber) and more. In 2018 he'll host his own namesake rock and wrestling cruise out of Miami; cabins are already sold out. And he recently released his fourth book, No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life, which he describes as "more of a self-help, motivational speaking book, rather than just another Chris Jericho autobiography, because I figured, does the world really need a fourth Jericho autobiography in 10 years?"
For more of our interview with Chris Jericho, click here.