Chris Jericho Talks About Wrestling, Fozzy’s Rise In Popularity & More In New Interview

Bill Pritchard

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The Miami Herald posted part one of an interview with Chris Jericho, where the WWE Superstar and Fozzy frontman talks about balancing careers, Fozzy’s popularity, and more. Below are a few excerpts from the interview:

Jericho on wrestling versus music:

“I think after a while people don’t really give a %$#@ what it is [else] that you’re doing,” Jericho said. “When I’m wrestling, I’m in wrestling mode. When I’m on stage with Fozzy, I’m in Fozzy mode. They’re two separate things, and it’s cool that I do both. I think a lot of people think it’s cool and can understand that I’m good at both. I don’t listen to negative people or care about negative people or worry about negative people. I just worry about doing the best I can do with whatever projects I decide to do.”

Jericho on Fozzy’s popularity:

“You start with an underground vibe, but then when you get up to the big leagues, we were a small fish in a big pond for a while,” he said. “You build your name, and people go, ‘Wow, that was actually pretty good.’ When you start to get into the worlds of the Metallicas and the Shinedowns and the Avenged Sevenfolds and Slayers, those types of bands, not only the guys in the bands but their crew, their managers, their fans, that’s when people start to take notice.

“The thing about our band is we’re not doing this just for a lark or for fun or for something to do. It’s a great rock-n-roll band, and it’s a great rock-n-roll band that can go toe-to-toe with anybody…[and people took notice]…and once you got that rolling, then you know you’ve gone to the next step.”

Jericho on WWE composer Jim Johnston’s role in WWE:

“[Johnston] does a great job at what he does,” Jericho said. “He really finds the inner core, the inner seed of what the person’s personality is, of what the character’s personality is, and really latches on to that. It always amazes me to see what he comes up with for guys who have been around for years, for guys who are just starting..He’s definitely an invaluable member of the WWE’s team for sure.”

Click here to read the entire interview, including Jericho talking about who he runs into on the road, his friends in music, and more.

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