After extensive touring in the U.S., as well as a quick trip to the U.K. for the prestigious Download festival this weekend and two one-off shows in the U.K., FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — has announced a full European co-headlining tour with HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, set to take place in October and November.
FOZZY will close the U.K. shows while HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will play last in the rest of Europe. Support will come from MADAME MAYHEM and THE LAST BAND. THE LAST BAND will open, followed by MADAME MAYHEM in the U.K., and MADAME MAYHEM will open, followed by THE LAST BAND, in the rest of Europe.
Oct. 27 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
Oct. 28 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli
Oct. 29 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2
Oct. 31 – Chester, UK – Live Rooms
Nov. 01 – Manchester, UK – Waterfront
Nov. 02 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 03 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 04 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage
Nov. 05 – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
Nov. 07 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Q Factory
Nov. 08 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colas Saal
Nov. 09 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
Nov. 10 – Trezzo Sull’Adda, Italy – Live Club
Nov. 11 – Roncade, Italy – New Age Club
Nov. 12 – Rome, Italy – Kimera Rock
Nov. 14 – Vienna, Austria – Flex
Nov. 15 – Munich, Germany – Technikum
Nov. 16 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Nov. 17 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenespan
Nov. 18 – Genk, Belgium – CPG
FOZZY last month released a brand new single and video, “Judas”. The song is the title track of the band ‘s new album, which will be released in September via Century Media.
Jericho told “The Front Row Report” about what fans can expect from the new disc: “It’s definitely the next step. It’s an extension. It’s more of an evolving FOZZY. We really put a lot of stock in bands like U2 and GUNS N’ ROSES and METALLICA, and I think the best example might be David Bowie, where there’s always different styles, different eras, and we like that too. And we’re not completely changing what we do. But there’s different more melodies and this is very much a hookier record. There’s not as many guitar solos on the record, but it’s still heavy and melodic. It’s an evolution from ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’  as much as ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ was an evolution from ‘Sin And Bones’ . I think it’s a great trilogy of records that shows a lot of growth, but it’s still very heavy and very melodic. Like I said, the trilogy of records — from ‘Sin And Bones’ to ‘Judas’ — I think they’re all very great records that have a little bit different elements to them all, which is a key to longevity for sure.”
FOZZY recently announced the return of bassist Paul Di Leo. Paul previously played with FOZZY between 2011 and 2014 and appeared on the group’s last two studio albums.
After “Do You Wanna Start A War”‘s release, Di Leo was replaced on the road by Jeff Rouse and later by Randy Drake.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR‘s latest album, “HCSS”, came out in April 2015 via Gain Music Entertainment, which is distributed and partly owned by Sony Music.