Wrestling and rock superstars in Rugby

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A HEAVY metal band fronted by one of the most famous wrestling champions of all time drops by Rugby next Wednesday, April 17.

Fozzy – fronted by international star Chris Jericho – will be supported by Drowning Pool and Revoker in a show at Vault. Between them, Jericho, an established prime-time television personality in the US, and Fozzy’s guitarist, Rich Ward, have sold over 1.5 million records worldwide.

Now that Jericho is taking more time away from his 12-year WWE wrestling career, he can now give Fozzy his undivided attention. Ward, Jericho’s longtime partner for the Fozzy project, has toured with some of metal’s biggest bands and been hailed as favourite guitarist of Pantera legend Dimebag Darrell and Ozzy axeman Zakk Wylde.

Meanwhile Texas’s Drowning Pool are still an established force in the world of alternative music since their 2001 hit-single Bodies. Last year they announced they have a new frontman – Texan Jasen Moreno. The band rose to fame while playing along with Ozzy Osbourne during an Ozzfest tour. Their 2001 debut album Sinner was certified platinum within six weeks.

However, in August 2002, their lead singer Dave Williams was found dead inside his tour bus after dying from an undiagnosed heart condition. In July 2012, as the band were scheduling summer tour dates and putting together their fifth record, they revealed their new lead singer to be Jasen Moreno, from The Suicide Hook.

On August 15, on the 10th anniversary of Williams’ death, the band released their first single with Moreno titled “In Memory Of...” as a tribute to Williams. Last November the band released the second single “Saturday Night” along with an accompanying music video. Soon the band released One Finger and a Fist and made it available for free download. For tickets (£17), see vault.ticketleap.com.