I had never listened to The Stir or Stone Broken before, but they were two great rock openers. I'm a fan of Adelita's Way (thanks Sirius XM's Octane!) and knew what to expect from them. They opened with the song I've heard the most, Still Hungry, as well as other songs like Ready for War (Pray for Peace), Bad Reputation, Sick, and Notorious. I really hope Adelita's Way returns to Indy to play a longer set.
Stone Broken's lead guitarist, Chris Davis. I love that shirt.
Adelita's Way's frontman Rick DeJesus, is a powerful vocalist and a tall dude.
And then we get to the headliner - Fozzy.
With a lineup consisting of Chris Jericho (lead vocals), Rich Ward (lead guitar and backing vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), and Paul Di Leo (bass guitar and backing vocals), Fozzy rocked the place with a show that included a sequin jacket adorned with red, white, and blue LEDs, fire extinguishers, blistering guitars, and nonstop energy. Jericho once said in an interview that "if Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy".
And he's right.
Chris Jericho, Wrestling Legend and lead vocalist of Fozzy
Rich Ward and Chris Jericho of Fozzy
The setlist spanned four albums with about six songs (including Painless, Judas, Burn Me Out, Wolves at Bay, and Drinkin' with Jesus) coming from their newest album Judas, for which the tour is appropriately named. Other songs from earlier albums included Bad Tattoo, Do You Want to Start a War, Sin and Bones, and Sandpaper. They even surprised me by playing a rocking cover of Michael McDonald's 1982 class I Keep Forgettin' You, for which the crowd happily joined in on the chorus. I loved it. They also covered ABBA's SOS, which was freaking cool.
Rich Ward pointing at me in the crowd.
Lit up jacket! Wrestling or rock show? Quoting Starlord, "A bit of both?"
I've listened to Fozzy for many years, but the band really surprised me by their stage presence, especially Jericho and Ward. Jericho was all over the stage, bouncing up and down the entire show. At a few points in the show, Ward ventured into the crowd playing solos and taking selfies with people. Then he came over to me, snatched my glasses off my face, put them on, and delivered an intense guitar solo, propped up on the railing about five inches in front of me.
Those are my glasses!
Soloing in my glasses!
Tickets are cheap. It cost me $20. Four rock bands for 20 bucks? Hell yeah. If the Judas Rising Tour comes through your city or a neighboring city, go check it out. You won't be disappointed.
In the meantime, go listen to:
The Stir's self titled EP - The Stir released August 2018.
Stone Broken's Ain't Always Easy released March 2018.
Adelita's Way's Notorious released October 2017.
Fozzy's Judas released October 2017.
All can be found for purchase on iTunes or streaming for free on Spotify.