Fozzy’s Rich Ward: ‘I’m a sucker for great songs, and always have been’


FOZZY guitarist Wealthy neighborhood spoke to The entertainment store on the band’s next album, “Boomboxes”which is expected on May 6. This is the follow up from 2017 “Judas”whose title track was recently certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for accumulating 500,000 certified units.

Room said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I feel like this is our best FOZZY album. I think ‘Judas’ is a fantastic record, but we didn’t allow ourselves this process of finding real banger riffs at the end. I would have been happier with ‘Judas’ if we had two or three more really crushing songs to make it a really more balanced meal. Because I’m a big pop guy. Most of the music I listen to is pop. It’s not new pop; it’s 70s and 80s pop. But I’m a sucker for good songs, and always have been. Even when METALLIC release the ‘Black’ record, I was the first to say ‘Yeah’. When the [RED HOT] PEPPERS to extinguish ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, I was, ‘Yeah.’ I’m a big fan of great songs. And it’s partly because my mother listened John Denver and Gordon Lightfoot and just 70s pop music; it was the music I grew up with in the early 80s. BEE GEES – the BEE GEES were my favorite band when I was seven or eight; the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ the soundtrack was the album. And then the ‘Fat’ soundtrack. It was only when I heard AC DC and then OZZY OSBOURNE In the early 80’s things really changed for me, and testosterone and the hair on my genitals changed everything.”

Rich continued: “I’m lucky to have married the two things [in FOZZY]; they both suit me. But I feel like a FOZZY the record is no good unless it lives in the two words where it has these big superhooks and at the same time has the big riffs. And I feel like we just did [this time around]. And it took another year, I think, to get it right. I think if we had put that [album] in 2020, we may not have had that magic. It took a little longer. Just as I know there were a lot of authors also writing during the pandemic, and it gave their editors the ability to go back and do second and third drafts and make some improvements in some places where it can make a better book. And I feel like that’s what we did.”

“Boomboxes”which includes top 10 singles “Nowhere to Run” and “Healthy”was again produced by Johnny-Andrew.

FOZZYit is “Save the world” 2022 US Tour, with special guests GFM, KRASHKARMA and THE NIGHT AFFAIRkicked off March 31 in Detroit, Michigan and will end May 16 in Sauget, Illinois.

FOZZY dropped a brand new song, “Purifier”, at his September 2021 gig in Flint, Michigan and has been playing it live ever since. Back in July 2021, FOZZY played another new song, “The Vulture Club”, during his concert in Iowa City, Iowa. The band also performed their previous single, “Healthy”live for the first time.

In May 2021, FOZZY released a video for their first new song in two years, the aforementioned “Healthy”, which reached one million views in its first two weeks. This one-of-a-kind video was filmed on the longest wooden roller coaster on the planet today.

In the summer of 2020, Chris revealed that FOZZYThe next LP of would contain 12 songs, including a cover of FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOODit is “Relax”.

Room and andrew again did “the lion’s share” of songwriting for the new LP, which was recorded primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to producing “Judas”, andrew previously co-authored FOZZYit is “The Lights Go Out” track in 2014. He has also written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM.

In November 2020, FOZZY appeared in his first global livestream event from Madison Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Last January, FOZZY part ways with longtime drummer Frank Fontsere and replaced it with Grant Brooks (BY FIRE).

Fontsere was a founding member of FOZZYhaving formed the group in 1999 with Jericho and Room.

When FOZZY announcement Fontsere‘, the band said they were ‘resigning to focus on their family and other projects’.

FOZZY is Chris Jericho (singing), Wealthy neighborhood (guitars, vocals), Grant Brooks (drums), Billy Gray (guitars) and PJ Farley (low).


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