Fozzy is an American heavy metal band, originally from San Antonio, Texas but now based in Florida.
The band consists of professional wrestler Chris Jericho, along with members of the rap metal band Stuck Mojo including Rich Ward, Sean Delson, Mike Martin, and Eric Sanders.
Fozzy Osbourne (1999 - 2000)
Fozzy started out as Fozzy Osbourne
, a cover band
assembled by Ward from whatever musicians he could find on a given week. In 1999, Jericho and Ward met in San Antonio after a wrestling show, and was invited to play with the band; Jericho sat in on a few sessions, but did not plan to play with them permanently. In 2000, unable to wrestle for four months due to a severe ankle injury, Jericho rejoined the band and became its front man under the persona of Moongoose McQueen
, and the band went on tour.
Fozzy (2000 - present)
The band shortened its name to Fozzy, and adopted the satirical back-story that they had signed a 20-year contract to stay in Japan
and be huge rock stars, only to discover on their return to America that many famous artists had ripped off their songs.
Soon afterward, Fozzy produced their first album, self-titled and featuring mostly covers of bands such as Dio, Krokus, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe and Judas Priest. Also, at one time the band once considered changing their name to Big City Knights.
Fozzy's second album Happenstance was produced in 2002, again featuring mostly covers of bands such as Black Sabbath, Scorpions, W.A.S.P. and Accept.
In 2004, the band dropped its back-story and Jericho's McQueen persona. A year later, they produced their third album, All That Remains, which featured entirely original tracks, including singles "Enemy" and "Daze of the Weak". All That Remains featured guest appearances by musicians such as Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory), Bonecrusher, Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge), and Butch Walker (Marvelous 3). The album went on to sell over 100,000 copies and was praised by dozens of rock magazines, leading to widespread global recognition and their world tour. In 2005, "Enemy" was the theme song for WWE No Way Out and then in 2006 for a promo video for TNA Bound for Glory.
Soon after the release of All That Remains, plans for a fourth album were announced.
Over the bands career, it has undergone numerous line-up changes. The original line-up consisted of Chris Jericho on vocals, Rich Ward on guitar and back up vocals, Dan Dryden on bass, Ryan Mallam on guitar and Frank Fontsere on Drums. Later on, the band introduced both Mike Schneider and Andy Sneap to add more guitarists, but neither appeared on any albums and Mike Schneider left the band after only a year.
Just before the release of their second album, Happenstance, Dan Dryden left the band and was replaced by Keith Watson. Not long after, Ryan Mallam left the band and was replaced by Mike Martin.
In 2004, Keith Watson left the band and was replaced by current bass player Sean Delson. After the release of their third album, All That Remains, drummer Frank Fontsere left the band to be replaced by Eric Sanders, leaving Chris Jericho and Rich Ward as the only remaining members from the original lineup.
- "Eat the Rich" (2000)
- "Balls to the Wall" (2002)
- "With the Fire" (2002)
- "To Kill A Stranger" (2002)
- "Enemy" (2005)
- "It's A Lie" (2006)
- "Metal Gods" (2007)
- "Genie In A Bottle" (2008)
- Fozzy - Unleashed, Uncensored, Unknown (2003)
- Dan Dryden - Bass (1999 - 2002)
- Keith Watson - Bass (2002 - 2004)
- Mike Schneider - Guitar (2001 - 2002)
- Andy Sneap - Guitar (2001 - 2004)
- Ryan Mallam - Guitar (1999 - 2002)
- Billy Grey - Guitar (2002)
- Frank Fontsere - Drums (1999 - 2005)