Chris Jericho discusses Fozzy's 'Do You Wanna Start a War'

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July 21, 2014

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Get the guitar solos ready: Chris Jericho is coming back, babaaayy!

Not to WWE. He already did that. But The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla is returning to record stores and live venues everywhere as the front man of Fozzy, Jericho’s band that has wound its way steadily through the years to become a cult-favorite fixture on the modern rock scene on the verge of a major breakthrough. In between stops on his latest jaunt with WWE, ”the best in the world at what he does” took a few moments to speak with WWE.com’s own Joey Styles on Fozzy’s latest record, “Do You Wanna Start a War,” the finer points of road life and the key differences between breaking codes and melting faces. Roll the footage, monkeys.

WWE.COM: First things first: How do you find the time to juggle Fozzy, “Talk is Jericho” and WWE?

CHRIS JERICHO: Well, you can’t really juggle both. It’s gotta be one or the other, and the reason why I was able to come back to WWE, or even consider it, is because Fozzy was off the road. And it’s not like WWE is sitting around waiting for Chris Jericho to come back either; it just so happened that there was an opening for both of us to make it work.

I always enjoy coming back to WWE, but I like coming back with a purpose. We talked a few times over the past year but could never figure anything out. Not in a bad way —just never figured anything out, or it wasn’t the right time. And since Fozzy was off the road and this opportunity came up, it was the perfect timing.

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“Talk is Jericho” is great because I can do it on the road. Whether [I’m with] WWE or Fozzy, there’s a lot of time where I’m just waiting around, hanging out at the venue, hanging out at the building, and this gives me a chance to do something to fill that time. I’ve been taking advantage of it, I’ve been doing interviews every day since I’ve been back in WWE, finding closets and areas to go, hotel rooms, back rooms, whatever, and finding whoever I can that wants to do the show that I think is interesting. It gives me something to do to tie up some of those loose ends during the day. It all kind of works symbiotically, but I could never do Fozzy and WWE at the same time; it has to be one or the other. 

WWE.COM: How does being on the road with WWE compare to being on the road with Fozzy?

JERICHO: Travel-wise, I’m more independent when I’m with WWE. I travel by myself, I drive by myself. But when you get back on the road, you realize how taxing all that travel is with WWE. We just did a show at [Madison Square Garden] and went to Wildwood, New Jersey, which is about 200 miles, and that’s just as the crow flies. You’ve gotta get in and out of Wildwood, and that’s just a one-way road from the Jersey Shore. Of course, there are beach people out there, and then going from that show — which ends at 10:30 — and doing 300 miles to Richmond, Virginia, and then another 220 miles to Fayetteville, it does kind of add up.

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Traveling by myself, there are pros and cons. When you’re with the band, you get on the bus and you don’t have to worry about driving. If you want to have a drink, you have a drink. If you want to watch a movie, you watch a movie. If you want to go to sleep, you go to sleep. Even though there’s not as much independence — you gotta go with the pack and go where everybody else goes —it’s a little easier as far as having to get around. So there are pros and cons to both, but mostly pros.

I enjoy both elements of WWE travel and Fozzy travel. I think Fozzy travel is a bit more camaraderie, because you’re with the whole family. You’re with the crew, you’re with the guys in the band and everybody kinda hangs out. When I’m in WWE, I just basically go by myself from place to place. You might see somebody from the show for dinner every once in a while, but sooner or later everybody splits up and goes their separate ways.

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