Loudwire has a new interview online with Chris Jericho. Below are the wrestling-related highlights:
What would you say are the biggest differences between touring for the WWE and touring with Fozzy?
Well, Uproar [Festival] notwithstanding, we’re playing bigger venues with the WWE, so they’re all arenas and stuff like that. Whereas with Fozzy, it’s more clubs and theaters. With WWE, everywhere I travel, I travel by myself, whereas with you’re in the band, you’re on the bus with everybody else. It’s a much easier vibe to travel by bus, especially in Europe because with the WWE there is a lot of flying. Short flights are hard because you’ve got to get to the airport, you’ve got to check in, you’ve got to go through security, then you’ve got to wait, then you’re on the plane, then you take the flight, then you’re off the plane and you wait, then you get your bags, you go to transportation, then you go to the hotel. The bus is kind of your one stop shop. You get on it, you hang out, you get off it, and you’re at the next gig. So, there is a little bit of sanity in traveling by myself, which I love with the WWE, but it’s way easier to travel with Fozzy on the bus for sure. It makes it a lot less of a hassle to be traveling for long periods of time when you’re in your own little world that you never have to really get out of.
The WWE schedule is so demanding, as is touring with a band. A lot of people get burnt out just doing one of the two…
I don’t do it at the same time. I mean, that’s impossible. So I mean, when ‘Chasing the Grail’ came out, I left the WWE the last time and went into the whole album cycle and it was just all Fozzy all the time. You know, tours go in blocks. You may be gone for three weeks, or four weeks, or five weeks. Then you come home for two or three weeks, or four weeks, or five weeks, so that’s a lot easier. With the WWE, it’s non-stop, but you get two, or three, or four days off a week. You get bigger chunks of time off when you’re traveling with Fozzy, but you get more time away from home with the WWE. I just like being on the road. I’ve been on the road ever since I was 19 years-old, so it’s something that I do, and it’s something that I always do, and I’m just glad to have Fozzy growing to where we’ve grown. When wrestling is long gone, I’ll still be traveling the world with the band and that’s a pretty cool feeling.
Has there ever been tension within the band due to your absences with the WWE?
No, because everybody is always doing other stuff too. Like I said, for the first two or three records with Fozzy, we were doing them both at the same time, but with ‘Chasing the Grail’ we really sat down and said, “We really have a chance to do something here.” Lets put all of our effort in this and do this full time, and that’s what we did. Now that we have this momentum behind us, the side projects are kind of just that; the side. I’m getting ready to finish up with the WWE next week .. and then it’s full-time Fozzy for the whole album cycle. The only reason why I came back this time to the WWE, for the nine months I was back, is because we were recording a new record and my contribution is writing the lyrics and singing. I had all the lyrics written before the record started, and then once we started recording, I’ve got 15 days of work and other than that I’m not doing anything. So, it was a perfect time for me to come back to the WWE for not a short run, but a decent size run. Like I said, the record is coming out, it’s time to go back full-time with Fozzy and see where the road takes me then.
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