Chris Jericho Claims He Only Uses Backing Tracks For ‘Vibe’, Calls Santa Cruz For Using Them
Earlier this year, wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho publicly revealed that his band uses live backing tracks, saying it “doesn’t make you any less of a band”. For some, this confirmed the lip-syncing accusations against Jericho by former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach. Meanwhile, it also raised suspicion when radio personality Eddie Trunk publicly slammed the Santa Cruz hard rockers for using backing tracks without ever mentioning Jericho, whom he had just interviewed and been with. is closely related. Now, in a new interview, Jericho says his band really only uses backing tracks for “vibe” — but still takes a moment to call out Santa Cruz for relying on them.
Speaking to Jave Patterson of Two Doods Reviews, Jericho was asked how much Fozzy relies on backing tracks, and whether or not losing them would be a huge hindrance to Fozzy’s show. Jericho said the following (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“I think there’s a real misconception… You used the word ‘trust’ – that’s also the wrong word to use. And Eddie Trunk actually came to our show at Asbury Park and did everything a show on Fozzy in the sense that we all play and sing one thousand percent We use the tracks for background noise, keyboards, industrial sounds for [our cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s] ‘Relax’ – vibe, that sort of thing. And that’s what bands use… That’s what we use backing tracks to. Take the tracks off… In fact, in Aurora, Illinois on this tour, the tracks came to a complete stop – we did the whole set exactly as it was, and it sounded great. It’s just that you get the ear candy and little extra nuances that make the show even better. It makes the sound better because you hear things you can’t do if you don’t have a keyboard or a string section. ‘Army Of One’ has a whole symphony on it. What are we going to do? Pack 15 guys on a tour bus and take them with us wherever we go? Of course, some groups To do use them more. Santa Cruz used them – that’s the band. We toured with Santa Cruz.
Aw, man, that would have been a good time to show solidarity with Santa Cruz. Shit.
“I think in our time there is so much debate about it that most people really don’t care. It just adds to the spectacle. And most people don’t analyze it that way. But for the Eddie Trunk thing you can go and listen to his Sirius show and listen to him when he came to the Asbury Park show [at] the Stone Pony we had. And he said, ‘I came to see the show, and I was analyzing it and they were singing and playing, and it was awesome. And they’re a great band.’
“For some reason we got lumped into this whole discussion – because I said we were using leads.”
Well, wait: of course you have involved in all this discussion. You went public with using backing tracks after being accused of lip-synching by a major metal frontman. It’s not like we’re all sitting around looking for ways to dunk on Chris Jericho, it’s that a radio personality you’re closely related to ripped another band for using backing tracks a few days after you admit to using them. It is cause and effect. Do you think the things you say don’t matter?
“Ask Zach [Myers] of Shinedown if they use leads. Ask Matt [M. Shadows] by Avenged Sevenfold. That’s how groups work. Unless you’re going out like the Stones with 17 people, and we can’t do that. It’s not plausible. It is not practical. And like I said, it’s rock and roll. If I want to put fucking strings on a song, I’m gonna do it and play it on the track.
“Guess what – when Queen was on tour in the 70s and they did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ they didn’t have five opera singers saying ‘Scaramouche, Scaramouche’. They used tracks. Would you say- Do you think Queen is a track band? No. But they used caterpillars. It’s okay. People, it’s okay.
Again, it’s weird that Chris Jericho compares Fozzy to, like, massive arena bands. These bands need these backing tracks because they play complex songs to massive audiences. But Fozzy plays best on medium-sized stages and, let’s face it, doesn’t write songs of the caliber of these chart-toppers. Fozzy doesn’t perform at Queen’s level, so comparing your songs to “Bohemian Rhapsody” is just kind of silly.
Check out the full interview here: