Fozzy Rumbles Into Town and Crushes The Crowd on their Save The World Tour

Fozzy's lead singer Chris Jericho had a fun time with the fans at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Shaler)

BY MIKE SHALER | Go Venue Magazine

After several months of waiting for Chris Jericho to heal from the injury he sustained late summer of 2022 at his other job of professional wrestling, the sold-out crowd at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan finally got their Fozzy fix with the rescheduled show and despite the date being April 1st, this was no April Fools. 

The Nocturnal Affair, a five-piece band out of Las Vegas, Nevada, got the evening kicked off on the right foot with their moody music stylings akin to dark alternative bands like HIM and Nine Inch Nails. 

Seventh Day Slumber, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee was up next to keep the fans rocking as they mixed it up with heavy rock and slowed it down at times for touching songs like “Caroline”, who lead singer Joseph Rojas said was inspired by his mother-in-law, who never looked down on him because of his past and allowed him to blossom because he changed for the better.  

Fozzy, Fozzy, Fozzy!!! The chants rang out as fans grew eager for the headliner to appear. As the band members took their places on stage, the crowd roared.  Lead singer Chris Jericho was sporting a jacket with peacock feathers and gold spikes, which I thought was a better look than his bridezilla looking costume on The Mask Singer.

Lead singer Rich Ward wore some white paint on his face like he was ready for war, but was silly as always with his antics on stage. Rhythm guitarist Billy Grey was as active as spark plug as he spun around and roared at the crowd. P.J. Farley was a smooth operator on bass guitar, and Grant Brooks looked like he was having the time of his life wailing away on the drums. 

Fozzy has been around since 1999, and they’ve managed to keep growing as they create more chart-topping songs which continue to build their fan base.  As evident to this show, when Jericho asked who had seen Fozzy before, about 35-40% of us yelled out. When asked who’s seeing Fozzy for the first time, the roar of the crowd was much louder. With songs like “Sane”, “Do You Wanna Start A War”, “I Still Burn” and their biggest hit to date, “Judas”, which gets sung by wrestling fans as Jericho makes his ring appearances, was sung in unison at this show as well.   

Fozzy is a band hitting on all cylinders with top-notch vocals, outstanding musicianship with sounds ranging from heavy metal to hard rock to almost sonic synth sounds which only got enhanced from the awesome lighting show the crew at The Machine Shop creates. Plus, when you see a band having as good a time as they are on stage, you can’t help as a fan have a good time as well.

The tour wraps up on April 17th then another round of shows will happen in May and June. Get out there and get some live Fozzy music in your life, you’ll be a fool to miss it.


Seventh Day Slumber

The Nocturnal Affair

All images © Mike Shaler

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