Chris Jericho reckons Fozzy’s mix of styles on last year’s Do You Wanna Start A War helped them appeal to a wider audience.
The frontman and wrestler says it’s been their most popular record – and he puts that down to doing what they wanted with their music.
Jericho tells Examiner.com: “We wanted to focus on writing great songs and not worry about if they’re too heavy, too poppy, too dancy or too ballady.
“I think a lot of bands put themselves into a box: ‘We’re a heavy metal band, so we must play heavy metal,’ or, ‘We’re a pop band so we must play pop.’”
He continues: “When you think of some of the greatest bands of all time, whether it be the Beatles or Queen, they always had records with a lot of diversity – but they’d still sound like the Beatles and Queen.
“What we decided between 2012’s Sins And Bones and this one was, ‘Let’s just focus on writing some great songs.’ Maybe some are a little different from the norm, or different from what we’ve done in the past.
“I think that opened up a lot of diversity for us, and I think it’s why this is the most popular record we’ve done.”
The band head out on a 10-date UK tour next month – and Jericho says they feel like “conquering heroes” when they return to the country. “We consider that our second home and we’re always stoked to go back,” he reports. “It’s almost like we’re conquering heroes returning. We say ‘hi’ to old friends and make some new ones.”
Fozzy UK tour dates
Mar 04: Belfast The Limelight 2
Mar 07: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Mar 08: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Mar 09: Manchester Ruby Rooms
Mar 10: Glasgow Garage
Mar 11: London Underworld
Mar 12: Bristol Marble Factory
Mar 13: Exeter Lemon Grove
Mar 14: Southampton 1865
Mar 15: Brighton Concorde 2