After eight years of touring and three records, bassist Sean Delson has left FOZZYby mutual decision.
“Ever since the success of ‘Chasing The Grail’ and the subsequent world tours that followed, it became apparent that Sean‘s mindset and goals for FOZZY were different from ours,” says frontman Chris Jericho. “So we decided it would be best to make a change now rather than later and he agreed. But we love Sean as a brother and a player and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Effective immediately, FOZZY is proud to announce the addition of Paul DiLeo as their new four-stringer. Paul is a seasoned veteran who’s played with such legendary performers as Billy Joel and Joe Lynn Turner and currently plays with FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward in ADRENALINE MOB.
“Paul DiLeo is a greasy groovin’, power-pocket, monster-tone producing, master showman of the highest caliber,” says Rich. “Together onstage over the last few months we have become the Wonder Twins of metal and I know he’s gonna blow our fan’s minds!!”
Chris continues, “I’m excited and honored to have such a talented player and performer like Paul in FOZZY! I’m convinced he’s a big piece of the puzzle who’s going to help us continue to rise to the next level worldwide.”
DiLeo will join FOZZY at the end of September when the band headlines the second stage of Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar in Calgary, Edmonton, Canada and Seattle, Washington and on the The Madness Returns European tour in November.
FOZZY released the “Remains Alive Chasing The Grail” two-CD set on July 18 via Edel‘s international rock label earMUSIC.
FOZZY was already on the map as the band with the pro wrestler singer, but “Chasing The Grail” broke them as a proper band. It hit #6 on the U.S. Heatseekers charts and the single “Martyr No More” was a theme song for the WWE Royal Rumble. “Remains Alive” is a 2005 live album (recorded in Australia) that was previously available in digital format only.
FOZZY‘s latest album, “Chasing The Grail”, sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.