Author & Photographer | Anthony Cannella
On September 5th, the one and only Fozzy visited The Forge in Joliet, Illinois with specials guests The Stir, Stone Broken, and Adelitas Way for the Judas Rising Tour:
This show was nothing less than perfection due to the combination of talent that was different in its own way. If you are lucky enough to catch this tour or was lucky enough to have caught it already, you understand the perfect build up and anticipation each band gives all the way up until Fozzy controls that stage from start to finish.
As the opening special guests (The Stir, Stone Broken, Adelitas Way) completed their headbanging/venue rocking sets, you could feel the energy in the venue as everyone waited for Fozzy. As soon as the lights cut out, The Forge erupted as Chris Jericho (Vocals) and his band of rockstars came out strong from the start as they dropped the hit song “Judas”!
The thing that makes Fozzy such a fun band to see live, is that they don’t lift their foot off the gas, which forces the crowd to be theirs till the very end. Lead singer Chris Jericho has always been a person to get the crowd going ever since he started in the wrestling industry. It is obvious that he derives those special set of crowd interaction skills from the WWF/WWE and they work.
The thing that makes Fozzy such a super group though is that band members, Rich Ward (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Frank Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals), and Randy Drake (Bass) have plenty of experience as well and know how to work a crowd just like Chris! One second you’re watching Jericho smash his vocals and then before you know it Rich Ward is jumping off stage and leaping into the crowd giving us some good ol’ fashion hard Rock N’ Roll.
As Fozzy’s perfectly planned out setlist wrapped up, the crowd needed one more thing and Chris Jericho and the band gave us exactly that! A Y2K Jericho pose that lead right into their smashing hit "Sandpaper" to end an amazing night of Rock!
Fozzy is definitely an experience to see live, so check the tour dates below to see if they are coming to a venue near you!
Sep 29 – The Culture Room ** – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Package
Oct 6 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, New Jersey
Nov 7 – The Studio – Auckland
Nov 9 – Max Watts – Melbourne
Nov 10 – Manning Bar – Sydney
Nov 13 – The Gov – Adelaide
Nov 14 – The Triffid – Brisbane
Nov 21 – Casino New Brunswich – Moncton, NB
Nov 23 – Cunard Centre – Halifax, NS
Nov 24 – Centre Videotron – Quebec City, QC
Nov 25 – Mtelus – Montreal, QC
Nov 26 – The John St Pub – Arnprior, ON
Nov 27 – London Music Hall – London, ON
Nov 28 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON
Nov 30 – Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
Dec 01 – Burton Cummings Theater – Winnipeg, MB
Dec 02 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
Dec 03 – Starlight Room – Edmonton, AB
Dec 04 – The Gateway – Calgary, AB
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