Century Media Records has announced the signing of FOZZY, the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and STUCK MOJO mastermind Rich “The Duke” Ward.
FOZZY was formed a decade ago out of a passion for hard rock and heavy metal and has transformed into one of North America’s most electrifying bands.
“We are so excited and honored to be part of the Century Media family,” says Jericho, an entertainment icon who has achieved legendary status as one of the WWE’s most acclaimed superstars, penned two New York Times best-selling autobiographies, and was a finalist on ABC‘s hit television show “Dancing With The Stars” in 2011. “FOZZY finally has a record company with the firepower and worldwide influence we need and deserve to rise to the next level — Century Media is the perfect home for FOZZY, and we are stoked to release the masterpiece album of our career and conquer the world… and elsewhere!”
Chris Jericho will discuss FOZZY‘s signing to Century Media Records tomorrow morning (Thursday, January 19) at 9 a.m. PST (Thursday, January 19, 2011) on the legendary Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS, where he’ll appear live on the “Mark And Brian Show”. To listen live on the Internet from around the world, click here.
“There are very few musicians I respect more than Rich Ward, and I couldn’t be prouder of bringing him home to Century Media Records, the label that introduced me to STUCK MOJO in 1995,” says Century Media Records product manager Paul Gargano. “Chris is one of the most captivating entertainers and electrifying frontmen I know, and FOZZY have emerged as one of the best-kept secrets in hard rock and metal over the years — now it’s time to let the secret out…”
“Shortly after my 12th birthday, while air-guitaring to IRON MAIDEN, I decided that when I grew up, I wanted to ‘pay my bills’ by playing guitar,” says Ward. “In 1995, Century Media Records allowed this seemingly unreachable goal to become a reality with my band STUCK MOJO. When that relationship came to an end in 2001, I continued making and releasing music with several different bands, through several different record companies. There was only one common thread in all my experiences with these other organizations — I wished they were more like Century Media.”
“The truth is, like any ‘first’ relationship, it’s tough to get a real perspective of how good it really is until you’ve had other relationships to compare it to. After having lots of opportunities to gain some perspective, I am honored to return to Century Media Records as they become the home for FOZZY‘s music. I’m so grateful to be able to play music for a living, and it is a privilege to continue my career with the label that gave me my start.”
FOZZY recently parted ways with bassist Sean Delson and replaced him with Paul DiLeo (ADRENALINE MOB).
FOZZY released the “Remains Alive Chasing The Grail” two-CD set on July 18, 2011 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.