Fozzy takes Lexington by storm with Seventh Day Slumber, The Nocturnal Affair and Magdalene Rose.
It’s a wonderful, peaceful Friday evening in the commonwealth of Kentucky, more specifically in Lexington, Kentucky at Manchester Music Hall. Unbeknownst to some, a storm was slowly brewing, gaining strength exponentially and would soon to be unleashed onto willing and enthusiastic concert goers as Fozzy was about to be set loose in Lexington. Fozzy are on a breakneck fall “Spotlight” tour (the guys are playing 15 shows in 19 nights covering all parts of the Midwest), kicking off last evening in Chattanooga, TN and ending November 6th in Memphis, TN.
Fozzy, Fozzy, Fozzy was the chant heard as the house lights dropped and the guys exploded onto the Manchester Music Hall stage and straight into their opening offerings of the evening “Spotlight”, the bands newest high energy single released just 6 days ago, followed by “Bad Tattoo” and “Painless” and FOZZY FRIDAY was officially “ON”! The evening had a little bit for everyone, covering songs from 2022’s Boombox album all the way back to “Enemy” from the bands 2005 offering All That Remains and everything in between. An evening with Fozzy wouldn’t be complete without fan favorites “Relax”, a Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover, “Sane” or “Burn Me Out” and of course mega hits “I Still Burn” and “Judas” and the guys didn’t disappoint.
On stage, Chris Jericho is the epitome of a “metal” front man with his soaring vocals, never ending fan interactions and all the swagger one could ask for. Add in high energy bandmates, riff masters Rich “The Duke” Ward and Billy Grey on guitar, bassist P. J. Farley and demonstrative drummer Grant Brooks, Fozzy is really what “Heavy Metal” is all about!
Providing primary support was Nashville, TN based, legendary hard rock band Seventh Day Slumber. With a set covering several songs from their Death by Admiration album including “Fatal Love”, “Halos”, and “What I’ve Become” Seventh Day Slumber was a beacon of energy and positivity. With many of the songs centered around band members’ individual battles with addiction, putting on a front for fear of being rejected, hypocrisy, betrayal and self-destruction, the strong underlying thread was survival and positive outcomes. Seventh Day Slumber is guitarist Weston Evans, Blaise Rojas on drums, vocalist Joseph Rojas and Ken Reed on bass.
Kicking things off was alternative/dark rock project, The Nocturnal Affair. Fronted by singer/songwriter Brendan Shane, The Nocturnal Affair were nothing but pure energy during their all too short time on stage. Sliced in between Seventh Day Slumber and The Nocturnal Affair was a quick set by Madgalene Rose, formally of the all-sister Christian rock band GFM and currently #1 on the Christian rock charts.