Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Doors = 6:00 pm
Show = 7:00 pm
Ages = 17+
Tickets = $20
According to a series of short films broadcast on the Internet, Fozzy is a legendary American metal band who, unable to get out of their record contract, spent 20 years in Japan; when they returned to the U.S., lead singer Moongoose McQueen and the rest of the band found that artists like the Scorpions and Ozzy Osbourne had become stars by stealing Fozzy’s material. In reality, Fozzy is fronted by WWF wrestler Chris Jericho, with the remainder of the group consisting of Atlanta rap-metal outfit Stuck Mojo.
Happenstance Shortly after the videos were introduced in October 2000, Fozzy’s self-titled debut album was released by Palm Pictures/Megaforce as a tie-in. A short tour and an MTV special (no doubt due to the WWF’s contract with the network’s parent company) led to minor recognition from the metal underground, but Jericho’s wrestling commitments cut the band short after its release. Still, after Stuck Mojo wrote and released an album, and Jericho won the heavyweight championship, they came back together and recorded another album, this time with writing contributions from Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward. The results, Happenstance, were released on Megaforce in the summer of 2002.
2005 saw the release of All That Remains, the group’s first collection to feature all-original material. The album sold over 100,000 copies and was generally well received by both fans and critics. Chasing the Grail, released in 2010, helped to further cement the band as not only a legitimate, populist metal act, but a force to be reckoned with as well. Released in 2012, Sin and Bones, the band’s third collection of originals, premiered at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, eventually making its way to the coveted Top 200 albums chart, while 2014’s Do You Wanna Start a War proved to be the band’s most successful outing to date, debuting in the number 53 slot on the Billboard Top 200 and cracking the Top Ten on the Hard Rock Albums chart. In April 2017, the band released the title cut from their seventh studio long-player, Judas, which arrived later that October. (Source)
Dark Sky Choir
Dark Sky Choir is an original hard rock/metal band from NY/NJ. The band was originally formed by 4 veterans of the area music scene as a classic metal tribute band playing the music they all grew up listening to. Metal fans continued to flock to their area shows in large numbers and the conversation about writing their own music began almost immediately. Spurred by the soaring voice of vocalist/front man “Hollywood How”, it was inevitable that “these guys have to do originals.” “Hollywood How” has spent many years on the local scene fronting various bands, most notably a Judas Priest tribute band, which showcased his stunning vocal range. Guitarist Fred Gorhau spent the last 7 years touring the USA and Canada with the holiday-themed progressive band The Wizards of Winter, playing alongside some of the original vocalists from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Fred has also toured the USA and Europe as guitarist for the metal band Exxplorer. Drummer Mike Sakowski has been a drum teacher and career drummer for the past few decades. He has performed the local scene with countless cover bands and also toured the US and Europe with metal band Exxplorer. Veteran bassist Joe Stabile has been a constant member of the NY/NJ scene with decades of experience performing with 80’s bands Monroe, Taylen Storm, hard rock outfit Lords of Mercy, countless national acts, and touring with veteran metallers Anvil.
Inspired by a lifetime love of metal, Dark Sky Choir brings years of live and recording experience to the table with their own brand of hard rock and metal. Their self-titled debut is due to be released in the spring/summer of 2017, and is sure to gain national attention on the metal scene. (Source)