FOZZY — the band featuring former WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — has announced the "Unleashed In The West" 2019 headline tour. The U.S. trek, which includes special guest Jared Nichols James, starts on September 5 in Denver and wraps on September 28 in Atlanta. The FOZZY members will take a break from the studio to tour for the first time in 2019 as they prepare for the release of their new record.
Says Jericho: "When we got the call to join IRON MAIDEN on their Banc Of California Stadium show in Los Angeles, we knew two things were imminent. One, this might be the biggest show FOZZY has ever played. Two, one show isn't enough. So we decided to head out all across the western U.S. to spread the Fozzpel and celebrate this great time in our lives! Plus, it gets us out of the studio for a breath of fresh air... it gets a little stuffy in there sometimes when you're recording a new record! So come ROCK with us and be a part of the most energetic, electric and FUN rock n roll show in the world today. Don't miss FOZZY 'Unleashed In the West'!!!"
Guitarist Rich Ward adds: "It's been almost six months since we wrapped up our amazing 200-city tour in support of the 'Judas' album. Since then, we've been sequestered to a top-secret bunker where we are writing what will become our next record. As much as we love the creative environment of the studio, there is no substitute for loud amps and the unique exchange of energy that only occurs on the big stage. In September, we return to that stage, in what will be one of our biggest and boldest tours to date. Grab your helmets and dancing shoes, FOZZY is coming to town!"
"Unleashed In The West" 2019 tour dates:
Sep. 05 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Sep. 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Theater
Sep. 07 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
Sep. 08 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Royal
Sep. 11 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino/Crown Room
Sep. 12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Sep. 13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Sep. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Banc Of California Stadium**
Sep. 15 - Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd
Sep. 18 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Sep. 19 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Sep. 20 - Tucson, AZ - Encore
Sep. 21 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock ^
Sep. 25 - Dallas, TX - Canton Hall^
Sep. 26 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live^
Sep. 27 - Hattiesburg, MS - Brewsky's
Sep. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
** Supporting IRON MAIDEN
^ Special guests SONS OF TEXAS
FOZZY recently inked a new record deal with Sony Music. The group's last three albums — 2012's "Sin And Bones", 2014's "Do You Wanna Start A War" and 2017's "Judas" — were released through Century Media.
Last fall, Jericho — who had made his name wrestling in the Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling organizations — told Global News that FOZZY was planning to return to the studio as soon as possible.
Jericho co-founded FOZZY with Ward in Atlanta in 1999.
The band's first two albums, "Fozzy" (2000) and "Happenstance" (2002), were made up primarily of cover songs.
FOZZY is Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (guitars, vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (guitars) and Randy Drake (bass).