St. Petersburg, FL
I’ve been going to shows in the Tampa Bay area for a decade now and this show provided two firsts for me. It was the first time I had ever been to Club Detroit and it was the first time I had ever seen the opening band Clenchfist, a staple in the Tampa Bay music scene for 15 years now.
There’s two things I can tell you about Fozzy: 1) I saw and shot their set at last years Rockstar Uproar Fest. 2) They are fronted by Chris Jericho, the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla, and one of my favorite professional wrestlers of all time. While I don’t really know much about the bands music or that I even listen to it outside of seeing them live, I do know that they put on one hell of a show. The band packed into the tiny Club Detroit, a recently reopened venue in downtown St. Petersburg that holds a few hundred people and they played like they were in front of a stadium crowd.
While the band may be known because of Jericho’s status in the WWE, the rest of the band are all seasoned veterans of the business, having been in bands such as Stuck Mojo, Primer 55, and Adrenaline Mob. The band opened with “Spider In My Mouth” from their latest album, Sin and Bones, and followed with a set that comprised of a heavy dose of the album with several songs from their earlier albums mixed in, including a medley of “Whitechapel 1888” and “To Kill a Stranger” from their 2002 album Happenstance. The band never slowed during their set, giving a more energetic set than most younger bands I’ve seen. With Jericho only being a part timer these days in wrestling, the band having been touring quite a bit in support of Sin and Bones. If you’re into hard rock and having a good time, check out Fozzy the next time they’re in your city. You’re in for an awesome night.
By: Nick Zimmer ( More photos at http://falseidolphoto.com)