He has been a world-champion WWE wrestler (don't call him a sports entertainer -- his career predates that marketing term). He has written New York Times best-selling memoirs. He competed on Season 12 of "Dancing With the Stars." He even appeared in the major motion picture "MacGruber" and in the television movie "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!"
Yes, Chris Jericho has done all of those things. But his true passion project, the thing that keeps bringing him back, is music.
He's the lead singer of a group called Fozzy. If that makes you think of Ozzy Osbourne, perhaps you won't be surprised that the group was once called Fozzy Osbourne before shortening their name many years ago.
Fozzy performs at The Palladium in Worcester tonight with Gemini Syndrome, so if you've ever wanted to see Jericho singing into a microphone rather than just talking (he's one of the best promo men in the wrestling business), this is your chance.
Fozzy rarely does regular tours in the United States (Jericho is always toggling back and forth between the recording studio and the wrestling ring), often sticking to weekend festivals here and more extensive tours in Europe, but they've been around a long time.
Formed in 1999 by Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward of the rap-metal band Stuck Mojo, Fozzy has released seven studio albums, including the forthcoming album "Judas," which comes out Oct. 13. The band's last two albums -- 2012's "Sin and Bones" and 2014's "Do You Wanna Start a War?" -- both reached the top 200 on the Billboard album chart. The band has placed two singles -- 2014's "Lights Go Out" and the first single from their new album, also called "Judas" -- in the top 30 of the Billboard mainstream rock chart.
There was a time, between 2005 and 2010, when it seemed like Fozzy would fade away, but that's no longer the case. The band is as vital as ever. Their live shows not only include the band's hits, but in a nod to their start as a cover band, they'll throw in some covers as well. A recent show saw them cover Krokus ("Eat the Rich"), Judas Priest ("Freewheel Burning") and even ABBA ("S.O.S.")
You never know what you'll get when you see Fozzy -- except a good time.