Chris Jericho Band Singer Admits To Using Backing Tracks For Some Live Songs, Says “Everybody does”

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In a recent interview with Detroit’s WRIF (as reported by MetalSucks), frontman of the Chris Jericho band Fozzy (Chris Jericho), confirmed that the band does indeed use backing tracks for some live songs of theirs.

Backing tracks can be a controversial point among some music fans, but the Fozzy frontman thinks it’s totally fine and that, in using backing tracks, “It doesn’t make you any less of a band.”

Per Jericho himself, this is what the Fozzy frontman had to say about the band using backing tracks:

“We use backing tracks for some songs, and everybody does. Unless you’re Guns N’ Roses…Let me rephrase that… If you’re in Slash’s band…Guns N’ Roses has backing tracks. They have a keyboard player. It’s just the way of the world right now. It doesn’t mean we’re not singing and not playing. If you’re listening to a record, you go to a Def Leppard gig and you hear ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ that was recorded with 25 tracks of guitars, you can’t just go with two guitars on stage and in your right mind think there wasn’t something building up the background there. It’s just kind of the way that bands are. It doesn’t make you any less of a band. ‘Cause you know what? Queen used tracks in the ’70s. If you don’t believe me, watch it when they play ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ live.”

What are your thoughts on Fozzy, or any band, using backing tracks for some of their live songs? Do you think it’s a big deal?

The Chris Jericho band, Fozzy, was formed in 1999. The band released their first studio album in 2000 titled Fozzy. At the time of this writing, the Chris Jericho band has released a total of seven studio albums; they have a new album, Boombox, arriving this year.


Words by: Michael Pementel