Chris Jericho Discusses Rock Influence on Wrestling, Wanting to Perform on Broadway, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.19.2014
A new interview with Chris Jericho…
- Chris Jericho recently spoke about the rock and roll influence on wrestling and more. Here are the highlights…
On comparing live rock performances to pro wrestling: "The comparison is just the rush of being in front of a live crowd. You've gotta connect with the crowd and you've gotta always be the party host for the people, Especially on a day like this, because it is very cold and rainy, but if you can get people involved in the show, that takes their mind away from the weather and they just get enjoyment from a great rock and roll show. Anytime you're in a live element, whether it's music or wrestling or live theater or whatever, you have to have a connection with the crowd; it's the most important thing. It's more important than nailing every single one of your shows. If you're connecting with the crowd and getting them involved in what you're doing, it's always gonna be a great show."
On using rock and roll antics in wrestling: "When I started wresting, I wanted to be the ultimate rock and roll frontman in wrestling, I wanted to be the Paul Stanley [KISS] of wrestling, the Dave Lee Roth [VAN HALEN] of wrestling. So when I started becoming big in the WWE, the Y2J character was, basically, just the same traits and characteristics that I had ripped off from Paul Stanley or James Hetfield [METALLICA]. So then when we started FOZZY, I took the same characteristics that I was using in wrestling that I had stolen from rock and roll and just brought it back into rock and roll. So it's all a very similar circle of show-business pomposity, shall we say."
On possibly appearing in a Broadway musical: "I would love to do Broadway. I had Sebastian Bach [SKID ROW] on my podcast a couple of weeks ago; he did great on Broadway, because, once again, you're performing. Anytime you can perform… And singing is acting; you have to get into it, you have to believe what you're singing and believe what you're doing, and, once again, believe in the show that you're putting on. 'Cause people aren't stupid; they can sniff out somebody that is real, they can sniff out a fake from a mile away. If you get their trust and you make them realize that we will have a great time at this show, [they'll] have a great time watching this play or whatever, they'll get more involved and get into it."