Show Review: Fozzy, Seventh Day Slumber, and More at The Forge in Joliet, IL

The Nocturnal Affair kicked of this night of pure, 100% rock’n’ roll from Fozzy with their alternative, dark rock sound consisting of crushing and melancholic sounds reminiscent of HIM, David Bowie, or Nine Inch Nails. After touring and playing shows with notable big acts like 3 Doors Down, HELLYEAH, Pop Evil, and Beartooth, The Nocturnal Affair continues to spread their haunting sound filled with downtrodden melodies.

Next up were Magdalene Rose and Seventh Day Slumber who did a split set sharing their time slot, creating a perfect flow between the two acts and allowing for a nonstop pace without interruption. Rose injected her high-level and infectious energy into the room from start to finish. Featuring an incredibly talented backing band, Rose is a powerhouse of talent and passion due to her powerful and catchy voice. This complimented Seventh Day Slumber perfectly as they brought a fresh, new approach to their signature sound creating their heaviest and most honest music yet.

One of the most important aspects of rock’n’ roll is finding a bit to have for your band or you as an artist to stand out among the crowd, and what better bit is there than being a world-famous wrestler and having a rockin’ good time? Chris Jericho’s Fozzy brings this to the table and more. With the confidence and charisma of multiple decades of being a live showman, Fozzy frontman Jericho knows how to bring the ruckus and good energy to live music, just like in wrestling.

Wrestling and rock and metal have always been intertwined with one another, from The Misfits working matches for WCW in the ’90s; Ozzy making appearances with the WWE; wrestlers walking out to acts like Metallica, Motorhead, Limp Bizkit, and Code Orange; The Butcher (Andy Williams) being a wrestler and a guitarist for Every Time I Die; CM Punk having punk and hardcore roots; and Brody King performing in God’s Hate. Therefore, it feels like a natural transition for Jericho to switch from wrestling one day to performing music on another.

Fozzy originally began as a simple passion project consisting of covers of popular classic rock and metal songs, eventually resulting in creating their own individual works. Jericho even once described Fozzy as, “If Metallica and Black Sabbath had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy,” perfectly summarizing their sound and performance.

After a name change combining Jericho’s “Moongoose McQueen” stage persona with their original name of Fozzy Osbourne, a few label changes, and eight albums later, Fozzy would eventually find their stride as a consistent project. Funny enough, at one point, Fozzy created their own backstory of the band signing to a record label in Japan, but once the company went out of business, they were left stranded for two decades, and all their songs were distributed to other bands for usage, further intertwining key elements of professional wrestling’s storytelling elements with music.

After seeing Fozzy live for the first time, it now makes sense why they have such a dedicated following and are the epitome of what a killer rock’n’ roll show should be. Filled with high-flying leaps, catchy choruses, witty stage banter, groovy instrumentals, and, most importantly, a GREAT EFFEN TIME, Fozzy don’t disappoint. No one should be surprised at how good Fozzy are considering they’re five seasoned pros: Jericho’s seasoned live performance experience and rock star charisma, Rich Ward’s versatility and talent, Grant Brooks’ ability to find the perfect pocket on the drums, the blazing solos of Billy Grey, and PJ Farley’s swagger.

Experiencing Fozzy was like experiencing all the best aspects of live rock music crammed into a single performance from the classic, ’80s-inspired outfits of long hair, leather jackets, bright colors, leopard prints, and bare chests. Fozzy aren’t just a fashion show, though, as they leap around on stage, reach over the barricade to interact with fans, and strike every badass rock star pose imaginable making you really feel like you’re watching the prime time of feel-good rock music, but in 2023.

Ripping through songs from their entire career, plus a couple of awesome covers, Fozzy never let up the gas once their entire set. Keeping that high-octane and fast-paced energy consistent, Fozzy fed off the positive vibes from the crowd, delivering an incredibly entertaining set. Fozzy hit all the checkboxes for a memorable concert experience, including that perfect, feel-good escapism.

This alone warrants a 10/10 rating from me, as Fozzy don’t try to be something they’re not, focusing exclusively on what made metal and rock so popular and fun decades ago all while channeling their own personal artistry into the mix.

Fozzy

Seventh Day Slumber

Magdalene Rose

The Nocturnal Affair

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