Metal heads and pro wrestling fans united to jam out with WWE legend, Chris Jericho, and his band, Fozzy, at The Rockpile, just outside Toronto last night (Nov 28th). The date was part of their extended Judas Rising Tour, celebrating their most successful album to date, Judas.
The quaint Etobicoke venue echoed with chants of “Y2J” as Jericho made his first appearance on stage. Fozzy opened their 75-minute set with “Judas,” which has also become the biggest hit single of the band’s career to date. Successfully roping in the crowd early. Jericho, decked out in one of his signature outfits – brim hat, scarf, and sequenced light-up leather jacket – pandered to the fans as he does best, pointing, fist-pumping, and rocking out to the heavy drum beats.
Fozzy pounded through a collection of their own crowd pleasers like “Drinkin’ with Jesus,” “Painless” and “Lights Go Out.” But it wouldn’t be a proper Fozzy set without a couple of cover songs, which included their ever-popular rendition of ABBA’s “SOS.”
Jericho is by and large the lead man and selling factor of Fozzy, but the musical brilliance behind the band is often acquainted to guitarist, Rich Ward. In fact, perhaps the highlight of the set came during an extended version of Fozzy’s early single “Enemy,” in which Ward lost himself in an epic guitar solo, shredding like he was Shaun White in 2010, and even crowd surfed on his back, melting the faces of those in the front row. “Holy shit!” exclaimed Jericho.
After introducing the audience to the band, Jericho jokingly claimed to be Toronto music icon Drake, which resulted in a rousing chant of “Y2Drake” that spread throughout the venue. The band eventually continued back into the bridge of “Enemy.” Ward began to sing “I keep forgettin’ we’re not in love anymore, I keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again, I keep forgettin’ how you made that so clear, I keep forgettin’.” Jericho remarked, “I bet you didn’t expect to sing Michael McDonald with Drake at a Fozzy concert tonight.”
Before calling it a night, Jericho decided against the traditions of a conventional encore, “why even leave the stage at all, man?” Fozzy then played us out with “Sandpaper” from their 2012 album, Sin and Bones.
Against all odds, Fozzy has been hitting a stride – releasing their most successful albums and singles – seventeen years into their history and seven albums into their discography. But one can’t be too surprised as there is no one better and more proven at reinventing themselves than Chris Jericho, even into his late forties. And if nothing else, a Fozzy concert is a fun and entertaining rock show that is well worth the commute out of the city.