Fozzy opened up their electric set at the Diesel Club Lounge with their brand new single “Judas” last Wednesday night. Having never seen Fozzy before, this show was a long time coming. I had been dying to make it out to one of their shows since I missed them in my town almost three years ago, and although I had to travel to a different state to see them they did not disappoint.
The energy the band brought to the stage was incredible. Every band member performed at 100% throughout the entirety of their 16 song set- and I’d like to say Rich Ward performed at double that. Rich’s over the top performance style and musical prowess captivated the audience and the fact that one needs two hands to play a guitar didn’t stop him from interacting with the audience. That’s another thing that the entire band excelled at- crowd interaction. Jericho, Ward, DiLeo, and Grey never shied away from taking a picture with someone in the crowd while they were performing, and the crowd reciprocated those actions with endless chanting and cheering. Chris Jericho named our show the best of the tour, and that Pittsburgh was no longer Pittsburgh- we were now Fozzburgh.
The set list was stellar, having a large amount of tracks off their latest album (and personal favorite) Do You Wanna Start A War. Other songs performed included “Sandpaper”, “Sin and Bones”, God Pounds His Nails” and a blistering cover of Krokus’ “Eat the Rich”. Jericho’s vocals and showmanship was spot on. The dueling guitars, bass and pounding drums were both polished and heavy.
There are a few shows I’ve been to that are genuinely a rock and roll party, but this was one of them. Although this tour has come to a close, be sure to keep looking out for more announcements from the band in regards to live performances and a new album. If you’re on the fence about seeing the band- take the risk and go see them. It is without question that you’ll have a great time.