‘I found myself kind of searching for breath’: Chris Jericho Talks Performing Through A Health Scare Back In 2021

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Last December, Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho ended up having to cancel some shows due to a serious health matter. During a somewhat recent episode of his Talk Is Jericho podcast, the singer shared how he ended up having to be hospitalized; during his hospital stay, Chris Jericho ended up receiving a pulmonary embolism diagnosis. Below is what Chris Jericho had to say regarding those health struggles, when he realized there was an issue,  andthe physical difficulties he endured (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“Back in November, end of November of 2021, Fozzy had a tour of the U.K. And first show was in Liverpool, and that one went good. The second one was in Manchester. And then the third one, I believe, was in Newcastle. And Manchester, after the show, I went out, had a couple of drinks, got back in the bus fairly late. And the next day in Newcastle when we were doing the show I felt a little bit winded — which was weird, because I’m never winded on stage. Even if it’s super hot — sometimes you play a venue that has a low roof or something along those lines, and you get super hot to where you’re, like, ‘Oh my gosh. It’s hard to breathe.’ This was not that. The venue in Newcastle, the Riverfront, was a nice place [with] a high roof, not super hot. But I found myself kind of searching for breath, gasping for breath during the songs, to where it was hard to even sing all the lyrics.

“[…] During this time frame, when I was feeling a little bit kind of short of breath, I was talking to my doctor at home in Tampa who said, ‘This could be blood clots.’ You could have some blood clots. Sounds like it might be that.’ And she said, ‘When you get back home to Tampa, we’ll put you through a couple of CT scans and kind of see where you’re at. But if you start feeling really short of breath, go to the hospital directly.’ So fast forward to the next night, the show was in a place called Chester. So, once again, low roof, and it was so, so hot, ’cause the place was sold out. Every gig on this tour was sold out. It’s the first time that we’ve ever had that; we had 12 shows and every one of them was sold out before we even left and got on the plane.’

“So, in Chester I was really feeling like, ‘This is terrible. I can’t breathe.’ There’s a door right by the stage that leads to the outside, and I said, ‘I’m just gonna walk offstage. I can’t take it.’ But I finished the show and then my doctor said, ‘You have to go to the hospital, like, now.’ And we were in Bournemouth the next night and then headed to London for a press day. And I thought, ‘Well, I’m not gonna go to the hospital in Bournemouth or Chester. Let me just wait till I get to London and we can figure out kind of where I’m at.’ So we did the Chester gig, and then I had two more shows — Birmingham, where I felt okay, but I knew that we had London after Bournemouth, and that would be kind of the place where I’d get checked out and see kind of what’s going on. Bournemouth was the same thing where I was getting a little bit hot, and we cut a couple of songs — a song called ‘Burn Me Out’ that’s super hard to sing, and a couple of other ones. I think we ended up doing 12 or 13 songs, even though we usually do 15 or 16. And that was it. And I remember saying after the Bournemouth show, ‘I can’t do another show like this. We need to figure out what’s going on.'”

Chris Jericho ended up having to go to the hospital and get admitted for tests and treatment. We are glad that he made it through that scary situation and is doing better! To learn more details about what Chris Jericho went through, you can listen to the full podcast episode below.

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