In a brand new interview with Jave Patterson of Two Doods Evaluations, FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho mentioned his current admission that he and his bandmates use “backing tracks for some songs” throughout their dwell performances. The dialog happened a month after SiriusXM radio character Eddie Trunk blasted the rock band SANTA CRUZ for allegedly utilizing pre-recorded tracks throughout a current live performance, saying it is “unreal” how followers and promoters are seemingly okay with the apply.
Whereas most of Trunk‘s social media followers had been in full settlement with him on the subject when he first broached it in relation to SANTA CRUZ on April 8, a number of took the chance to criticize him for failing to name out Jericho — whom Eddie has repeatedly known as a “shut good friend” prior to now — for confirming that FOZZY makes use of backing tracks and insisting that “everyone” else does as nicely. Jericho was a visitor on the April 4 episode of Trunk‘s SiriusXM present “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” however was not questioned in regards to the backing-tracks feedback that he had made simply days earlier.
When requested by Patterson to make clear how a lot FOZZY depends on backing tracks and whether or not working backing tracks means having the ability to do a present or not do a present for a band like FOZZY, Jericho responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Completely not. Completely not. I believe there’s an actual false impression… You used the phrase ‘rely’ — that is additionally the incorrect phrase to make use of as nicely. And Eddie Trunk really got here to our present at Asbury Park and did an entire present about FOZZY in that we’re all taking part in and singing a thousand %. What we use tracks for is background noises, keyboards, industrial sounds for [our cover of FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD‘s song] ‘Loosen up’ — atmosphere, that kind of factor. And that is what bands use… That is what we use backing tracks for. Take the tracks away… As a matter of reality, in Aurora, Illinois on this tour, the tracks utterly shut down — we did all the set precisely the way in which that it was, and it sounded nice. It is simply you’ve gotten the ear sweet and little additional nuances that makes the present simply higher. It makes it sound higher since you’re listening to issues that you would be able to’t do if you do not have a keyboard participant or a string part. ‘Military Of One’ has an entire symphony on it. What are we gonna do? Pack up 15 guys in a tour bus and take them with us all the way down to wherever the hell we’re? Clearly, some bands do use them extra. SANTA CRUZ was utilizing ’em — that is the band. We toured with SANTA CRUZ.
“I believe nowadays there’s a lot of a debate about it the place most individuals actually do not care,” Chris continued. “It simply provides to the present. And most of the people do not analyze it like that. However for the Eddie Trunk factor, you possibly can go take heed to his Sirius present and take heed to him when he got here to the Asbury Park present [at] the Stone Pony that we had. And he mentioned, ‘I got here to see the present, and I used to be analyzing it they usually had been singing and taking part in, and it was nice. And so they’re an superior band.’
“For no matter purpose, we obtained lumped into this entire dialogue — as a result of I mentioned we use tracks,” Jericho added. “Ask Zach [Myers] from SHINEDOWN in the event that they use tracks. Ask Matt [M. Shadows] from AVENGED SEVENFOLD. It is simply how bands work. Except you are gonna go on the market like THE [ROLLING] STONES with 17 individuals, and we will not try this. It isn’t believable. It isn’t sensible. And like I mentioned, that is rock and roll. If I wanna put fucking strings on a music, I am gonna do it and play it on the monitor.
“Guess what — when QUEEN was touring within the ’70s they usually did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, they did not have 5 opera singers going, ‘Scaramouche, Scaramouche.’ They used tracks. Would you say QUEEN is a monitor band? No. However they used tracks. It is okay. Folks, it is okay.”
Again in July 2020, Jericho was accused by Sebastian Bach of utilizing pre-recorded lead vocal tracks throughout dwell performances. The previous SKID ROW frontman initially claimed Jericho was “miming to a tape” at FOZZY concert events in a social media put up. In response, the wrestler-turned-rocker insisted that he had “by no means mimed something ever” and challenged Bach to a “singoff” with “no results, no tuning, no bullshit”, saying “Bas is a good singer…however I am higher”.
Within the months that ensued, Bach introduced up Jericho‘s alleged lip syncing on a number of events, most lately in January 2021 in an interview with The Aquarian Weekly. Requested particularly about his feud with Chris, Sebastian mentioned: “I’ve an open thoughts about everybody. If I learn on Blabbermouth.com [sic] that some band says, ‘We’re the way forward for rock ‘n’ roll and we’re the subsequent factor after THE ROLLING STONES,’ I believe, this should be unbelievable! What have I been lacking out on? So, I checked out one video throughout which the singer was 100% miming to a tape on stage at The Rockpile in Toronto. I assumed to myself, ‘That is bizarre, that is not the subsequent ROLLING STONES.’ So, I watch one other video the place he was opening up for NICKELBACK in an area and, once more, he is miming to a tape. You possibly can go watch it for your self. Then somebody mentioned, ‘Here is a clip of him singing dwell. Legit, bro.’ And it is him miming to a tape once more. It is loopy apparent. It isn’t my opinion, it is reality. It isn’t me beginning a combat. However do not inform me what singing dwell is, ‘trigger I’ve by no means used tape. I do not even know the way to do this.”
Jericho‘s most public response to Bach‘s criticism got here in a January 2021 tweet. On the time, he wrote: “I have been instructed that @sebastianbach continues to exit of his approach to bury me. My response is that this…be my visitor! You might be entitled to ur opinion & it does not have an effect on me both manner. I nonetheless dig ur work on the primary 3 @OfficialSkidRow albums & stay up for ur new report.”
When Bach first went public together with his Jericho accusation, FOZZY guitarist Wealthy Ward referred to as Sebastian “universally disliked” and mentioned that seeing Bach “publicly go after the one man that I’ve ever witness utter a pleasant phrase about him is gloomy.”
Sebastian, who has been outspoken about rock bands utilizing pre-recorded backing tracks throughout dwell exhibits, later tried to elucidate his outburst, writing: “I am not making an attempt to beat anyone at something. I am really making an attempt to say hey Chris perhaps you are proper perhaps I am going to cease singing dwell and prance round whereas the tape is taking part in similar to you do Chris. I am uninterested in making an attempt so laborious it is like beating my head towards the wall.”
After a self-proclaimed Bach fan referred to as Sebastian “an asshat” on Twitter for firing “the primary photographs” in his disagreement with Jericho, Bach got here again with: “Hey man f*** you. I’ve spent my life studying sing dwell on stage. When somebody comes alongside and mimes to a tape it sucks for the entire remainder of us that do not. You wish to go see a wrestling match good. Do not name it rock and roll”.