PORTLAND – Chris Jericho is perhaps best known for his pro wrestling career spanning nearly three decades, but its his other passion that will be on display in Maine April 7.
The WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling star will be bringing his band Fozzy to Aura in Portland that night as part of its Judas Rising Tour. The band has been around for nearly 20 years, but has struck hard rock hits with its singles “Judas” and “Painless” over the course of the past year, charting higher than the band ever has before. “Judas” in particular has reached 17 million views on YouTube alone.
“It was exciting for us, because I can’t say I wasn’t expecting it to happen, because I knew that it eventually would. It’s just really cool to see how quickly things go to the next level when it does eventually happen,” Jericho said.
Jericho has performed all around the world in front of tens of thousands in the squared-circle, and now his audiences are growing in the rock n’ roll spectrum as well. He said there are certainly parallels between the two different worlds, no matter what the size of the crowd is.
“You have that instant gratification, that instant connection with the people that are watching you,” Jericho said Thursday. “And there’s a certain art form to it. The secret is you have to make sure you connect with the audience, whether it’s Fozzy, whether it’s wrestling, whether it’s a big crowd, or a small crowd, you have to be able to work them and make them have a good time.”
The show April 7 is for audiences 18 and older only. More information can be found here.
You can find ABC 7 and Fox 22’s entire interview with Jericho here, where they discuss more about the band, his wrestling career and his inspirations in music.