10th March 2015
Review & Photography Ritchie Birnie
So The Mighty Chris Jericho and his band are in Glasgow. Is this just a little toy project or a serious rock outfit to take note of? Read on for my take on this band and where they stand.
1st band of the three band bill are Malrun( 3.5/5). They are a melodic hard rock band from Denmark, walking the fine line between heavy guitar riffs and melodic harmonies. The band exercises everything from melancholic ballads to up-tempo metallic hard rock. They have three albums to select a set list but unfortunately for us we do not get the chance to see much due to the time allocated.
They may not have had much time but they used it well to showcase their skills. We had some excellent songs. Crisp, clear vocals meshed with screams, catchy choruses and some brutal drums and guitar licks. Definitely ones to watch. Reminiscent of Volbeat and early (good) Funeral for a friend. If you get the chance catch them on this tour. I for one will be looking out for more shows and hopefully some festival appearances.
The Dirty Youth (4/5) were already known to many of the crowd as could be heard from the roar as they took to the stage. A funtime band fronted by female vocalist( and full time drinker) Danni Monroe. They hail from Wales( bit of an Welsh invasion this week as Skindred were supporting Steel Panther up here last night). They are a bit of a hard rock/punk fusion, similar in parts to a rocked up version of Paramore with a good twist of Haelstorm. I thoroughly enjoyed them. They kicked some ass live and I managed to meet the guys after the show as they were hanging around signing autographs by the merch desk.
Highlight for me was the sing along Requiem of the drunk, which they had no problems getting the Scottish crowd chanting la la la la la lets get drunk( what a surprise). Also look out for fight, Alive and Rise up. I would seriously recommend you check them out and both their CDs( Gold Dust and Red light Fix) are on sale at the gig. Barter well and you will get both for £15. You will not be disappointed.
Now to the reason we are here. Fozzy( 4.5/5. crowd 5/5) as you will know the band is fronted by renowned wrestler Chris Jericho( Y2K). I, probably like many steered clear of the band for a long time. I was a huge wrestling fan back in the 90s but as a rocker I didn’t want to merge the two( but looking back now the links between metal and wrestling go back a long way). I would have thought it was a gimmick, a little side project for Chris’s ego but when I saw them last year at download that theory was turned well and truly on its ass. I didn’t get to see the full set but the Fozzy seed was sewn that day and I came back from Download, logged onto Amazon and proceeded to purchase the whole back catalogue…..and hope I would get to see them play in my hometown.
Well tonight is that night and I have been looking forward to it for some time even though the whole of March is fit to bursting with great bands playing Glasgow. To make up for my bad judgement I have managed to drag along a group of friends that would not normally have went. I am pleased to say they thought the band were on fire. I also have to emphasise the word band as that is what they are. We do not have a Yngwie Malmsteen experience here. No hired for tour and album guys. For starters we have the bear with a bass (Paul Di Leo of Duff McKagen’s Loaded). He prowls the stage looking like he was a previous sparring partner with a grudge. This is a solid group of musicians and they enjoy what they do. Unlike many a band they join in with Chris’s bravado, the crowds chants and each and every one of them could not wipe the smiles from their face.
The band kicked of with Do you Wanna Start a War from the new CD of the same name. A heavy, riff laden slice of industrial rock. The Liberace of rock ( I was dared to say that but happily doing it now as I am not in earshot…..well, have you seen the size of his arms) appears in one of his many flashing jackets and the crowd go crazy. The message must be getting through to the masses as this is definitely a rock crowd and I will have to be honest. I have seen many a show in this fair city. It is never a quiet night but tonight was just crazy.
I have not see the Glasgow choir so ruckus for a long time. Each interlude is met with chants of Fozzy, the profane version of here we go and the football chant of Fozzzy, Fozzy Fozzy…oi,oi,oi. They are very, very vocal tonight…..which leads us onto Tonite the song. A more poppy but much heavier song played live ( the CD version was done with Michael Starr of Steel Panther).
We get back to a heavier riff base with to kill a stranger. A much darker set of lyrics. The vocal sound mike struggled a bit here. It wasn’t Chris’s fault as he was on the ball. Just some technical issue but again it didn’t dampen the crowd who even had a circle pit in the midst of it all. One Crazed Anarchist keeps the dark vibe going with a brilliant backbone of beats from long time drummer Frank Fontsere. A good scream along with a brilliant set of riffs. The title track from the previous( and brilliant) Sin and Bones CD is our next viewing and listening pleasure.
The gig flies by in a flurry of busted eardrums, chants and serious shredding till we get to the cover version of ABBAs SOS, yes ABBA. I know I have been building the guys up here but don’t run away just yet( trust me, I am a journalist). There is a version on the last CD and it is good( honest) but it is just crazy live. I look around the crowd and realise they don’t know the lyrics this well from the Cover Fozzy have done on record…there is some serious skeletons in the closet here( you know who you are and do not blame your mothers for this one). This was a brilliant piece of pure enjoyment….and the only place where these gathered, dirty hoards can sing ABBA in public without a good old fashion Scottish slagging.
After this we have Chris telling us how to pronounce the word Glasgow and not like the remainder of the Canadian/American world. Kudos sir. He also takes his time to thank the crowd and say how blown away they are. Now this wasn’t a…….( fill in town name) we love you, Ozzy style appreciation. I really felt it. As I said the guys were smiling all night and you could honestly see the surprise on their faces at the reaction. Fozzy have made it a point to always visit Glasgow when on tour and have played some of the cities smaller venues. It is good to see they are moving onward and upward and I can tell you I will not miss another one in this town.
Another three stomping songs later and we come to the encore. Finally someone has stood up and said it. All these years of going to gigs, all these years of being pissed off at the nonsense of band going off. Crowd chanting, band coming back on and thank you everyone…..what a crock of crap. I have always hated the pretense and obviously so do Fozzy. He explains the stupidity of the whole thing and says they are not going off but you need to shout as if we are. What followed was Chris hiding under a towel, encouraging the crowd for more. What a showman (wonder where he learned that skill?).
The laughing and chanting subsided we burst into the stunning song Sandpaper. If you have not heard it check it out NOW. That leaves us with Eat The Rich. Another slice of Classic Fozzy. A dirty, lazy, grimy son of a bitch. A great sing a long and what a finisher. After the band (finally) leave the stage I look around the hall to see lots of nods of agreement. We saw something special tonight. A night to remember for a long time. Guys please accept my humble apologies for not believing in you. I am converted forevermore.