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Chris Jericho Admits He Never Understood Nü-Metal: “Limp Bizkit? What The Hell Is That?”


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Acclaimed professional wrestler sports entertainer Chris Jericho has admitted to not being a fan of nü-metal. During the late 90s and early 2000s, a number of bands from the nü-metal scene crossed over into the professional wrestling scene, landing PPV live performances, entrance themes for wrestlers and more. However, according to Jericho, who fronts the recently gold-certified hard rock band Fozzy, it was a scene he doesn’t understand.

Speaking with Metal Hammer about being a metal fan in the 90s amid the professional wrestling boom, Jericho replied:

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“It was certainly an interesting period. In the early part of the 90s a lot of my wrestling career happened abroad, and the music was changing a lot in the States. Honestly, if it weren’t for Pantera, there wouldn’t have been a metal band to hang your hat on at that time. I could kinda get with grunge, but when it became the nu metal thing, I just didn’t get it. Limp Bizkit? What the hell is that? I still don’t get it.

I was in places like Europe and Japan, though, where the bands I loved were still respected. You could still see Helloween and Dio and Maiden in arenas in Japan, for example, so I’m not sure in the early 90s I appreciated just how hard it was for metal bands in the States. It wasn’t really until Avenged Sevenfold came along that I really found a newer metal band that I understood.”

You can read more from Jericho about his experiences discovering metal and his early high school metal band days over at Metal Hammer. Admittedly, his stance on nü-metal is a tad ironic, given his Fozzy bandmate Rich Ward cut his teeth in Stuck Mojo, who were an early pioneer in the rap metal and nü-metal scenes.

Fozzy will be back out touring on their latest album “Boombox” this fall with the below run booked. No Resolve and GFM have been booked for that trek.

09/08 Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
09/09 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
09/10 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
09/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
09/12 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
09/15 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
09/16 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
09/17 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
09/18 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
09/19 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
09/29 Charlotte, NC – Underground
09/30 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/02 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
10/03 New Bedford, MA – The Vault
10/06 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
10/07 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/08 Albany, NY – Empire Live
10/09 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
10/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

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