That's What They Do: Wildest Superstar Hobbies

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May 09, 2013

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho has carried himself like a rock star ever since he applied the first of his 1,004 holds (Did You Know: Jericho’s trademark crucifix entrance pose is inspired by Michael Jackson), but Y2J’s glam-rock swagger is far more than just empty-headed posturing: The Ayatollah actually rock ‘n’ rollas on his off days with Fozzy, a band he helped form and tours with to this day on his days off from WWE.

Though the hard-rock quintet initially started as something of a gag (Jericho details their humble origins in his memoir, "Undisputed"), they’ve since amassed an impassioned following and an impressive resume of opening gigs: They’ve set the stage for Metallica, Anthrax, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and Motörhead. Truth be told, calling Fozzy Jericho’s “hobby” might actually be a disservice to the band’s accomplishments at this point. Already a veteran of the festival circuit — Fozzy rocked Download last year and Soundwave this year — he’s become every bit a legitimate rock star as he is a WWE Superstar, and that’s the way he always wanted it.

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“Anyone who knows me knows I had two dreams as a kid: to be in a rock band and to be a wrestler,” said Jericho. “I always took the basic concepts of rock ‘n’ roll into wrestling. And then, when I started Fozzy, I took the same concepts that I already was using as Y2J and had taken from guys like Paul Stanley, Bruce Dickinson, James Hetfield and David Lee Roth, so it’s always been a part of who I am.”

The labor of love has certainly been a fruitful one for Jericho, and nothing has made him happier than seeing Fozzy’s street cred grow over the years. “I always have Chris Jericho fans who love everything I do, which is awesome, but it’s also really cool to have Fozzy fans,” said Y2J. “There’s five guys in our band; it’s never been Jericho’s vanity project or Jericho’s side thing. We’ve got five rock stars.”

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At the end of the day, of course, the goal is always the same: Entertaining the crowd, even if there’s a slip-up or two in the process. “Rock ‘n’ roll is rock ‘n’ roll, man — there’s always gonna be little mistakes,” said Jericho. “But if the people have a great time, that’s all that matters, and it’s the same with wrestling.”

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