Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho says folks “shouldn’t worry what the Grammys think or what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [thinks].”
A sentiment shared by some folks within the rock and metal communities is that the Grammys don’t pay enough attention to that of rock and metal; that bands and artists who have made great contributions to the world of music don’t get the sort of attention that they deserve. On the flipside, some people aren’t even concerned at all about the presence of rock and metal at the Grammys; these folks feel that rock and metal are more “outsider” artforms and don’t need any sort of big mainstream spotlight.
In a recent interview with Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho spoke to how, if rock was to get more attention, it would take the industry getting behind a particular band. Ultimately though, he says it isn’t worth getting angry about the genre’s lack of presence in award shows.
“Well, now you’re going into the business standpoint of things. Is there bands that could do it? Of course there is. If you look at the Struts, or if you look at Greta, or you look at some of those types of bands — Dirty Honey and Halestorm — or you mentioned Fozzy, a good-time rock and roll band. But you have to have the industry behind you. And that’s what I mean by Guns N’ Roses or Metallica in ’91. Those bands were always great, but it was the industry getting behind them, the decision makers getting behind them. And you know how that works. And until the next rock band is kind of deemed that, I don’t think you’re gonna see rock in the forefront.
“I don’t think it’s worth getting angry about because we know that the arenas are still full, rock and roll is alive and well, and we shouldn’t worry what the Grammys think or what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [thinks]. Who gives a shit anyways? It’s like Chuck D. said: ‘Who cares if I won a freakin’ Grammy?’ I think that most of the bands feel that way.”
In other news related to Chris Jericho, the Fozzy frontman recently spoke to the band using backing tracks for some of their live songs.
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Words by: Michael Pementel