Amazing Fozzy Rocks Kentish Town In Memory Of Bray Wyatt

The time has finally come, as a massive crowd pours into the O2 Forum Kentish Town for Fozzy to play their biggest UK show so far. This is certainly shaping up to be a huge weekend for the band.

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O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023

Words and Photography: Lawrence Potter

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

Two days after this show, they would perform their single, Judas, in front of a packed-out Wembley Stadium for what is marketed as “the biggest wrestling event of all time” at AEW’s All In. So, let’s kick this off.

It’s been an incredible night of music so far, but we are far from done as the mighty Fozzy make their way to the stage and kickstart the set off with Sane.

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

This night truly feels like the culmination of a long journey for the band, and my god, have they earned it. Starting in 1999 by frontman Chris Jericho, lead guitarist Rich Ward and former drummer Frank Fontsere, they have played all over the planet. But tonight, the O2 Forum Kentish Town is the biggest UK show in their history thus far. 

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

I’m sure most fans of the band will know frontman Chris Jericho from his renowned wrestling career as well as the world of rock. Tonight, guitarists Billy H Grey and Rich Ward and Grant Brooks, drums and PJ Farley, bass, provide a stunning backdrop.

Midway through the group’s set, Jericho takes a minute to pay tribute to the late Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt from the WWE, who passed away the day before.

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

It was a very heartwarming moment and an absolute class act from Chris.

Everyone on this stage has been on top form this evening, and the guys in Fozzy are absolutely no exception, as it’s another banger-after-banger situation. 

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

No complaints here! To name a few, I Still Burn and The Vulture Club were massive highlights. A cover of Relax, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood track, was well received.

Right before their two encores, one of the songs that put Fozzy on the map, Enemy, included an incredible dual solo performance by Rich Ward and Billy Grey.

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

Fozzy ended the night on Judas and a cover of Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop to end an amazing night of music. Wembley awaits.

You can read the Kris Barras and Massive Wagons review here.

Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk
Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk
Fozzy - O2 Forum Kentish Town - 25 August 2023.
Fozzy – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 25 August 2023. Photo: Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk
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  1. I was at Fozzy gig, brilliant night and fantastic crowd, especially when everyone was chanting – thank you Bray and a rendition of He’s got the whole world in his hands. Sad but he’s left his mark.

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