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PRO WRESTLING: WWE superstar Chris Jericho, Fozzy rock the house at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale

Rock metal band Fozzy with WWE superstar Chris Jericho on lead vocals performed Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. It marked Fozzy’s South Florida debut.
Rock metal band Fozzy with WWE superstar Chris Jericho on lead vocals performed Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. It marked Fozzy’s South Florida debut. Photo By Scott Fishman

The rock metal band Fozzy has been together 15 years but never performed in South Florida.

Until Wednesday, Dec. 10, when singer and WWE superstar Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Frank Fontsere, Jeff Rouse and Billy Grey rocked the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. The headliners capped off four hours of music with Texas Hippie Coalition, Shaman’s Harvest and Crowned By Fire, which round up the Cinderblock Party tour lineup.

Jericho is a natural showman, making a grand entrance in his light up leather jacket WWE fans may be familiar with. The Canadian brings the same energy and ferocity to his musical styling’s as he does his matches. Much like he did during his in-ring career, Jericho has paid his dues to earn respect within the rock ‘n’ roll and metal community. He isn’t just a pro wrestler trying to be a rock star.

He is a true Ayatollah of rock and rolla. Fozzy is also composed of some talented musicians, who joined Jericho to play songs off their new album “Do You Want to Start a War.” There was also some past Fozzy favorites sprinkled in during the course of their set. The crowd was intimate, but lively. They were clearly digging what they were hearing and chanting the band’s name throughout, which was music to Jericho’s ears. The rock scene in South Florida is challenging, especially without a real rock station on the radio. However, there still is a market for it. Hopefully, this isn’t the last time Fozzy makes the trek down south.

The other bands were also great, as Texas Hippie Coalition’s lead singer “Big Dad Ritch” is both talented and a character. I mean you’re talking about a guy with a shotgun-shaped microphone stand. That’s when you know someone is legit. I enjoyed the mix of country and rock with Shaman’s Harvest, who WWE fans may remember as supplying entrance music for Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre over the years.

- Find out about Fozzy touring and more at

www.FozzyRock.com.

- Follow Fozzy on Twitter @FozzyRock

- Follow Jericho on Twitter @IamJericho

- Listen to “Talk is Jericho” on PodcastOne at

www.podcastone.com

- Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN

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