Chris Jericho’s Fozzy kicks off North American tour in Michigan at The Machine Shop.

On a night featuring early winter whiteout conditions, a Technicolor Dreamcoat, Michael Jackson, Abba, and straight up rock n roll, Fozzy and friends certainly brought the heat. Fozzy kicked off their tour, along with Texas Hippie Coalition, and Shaman’s Harvest, at one of the best venues around, The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. The venue filled up quickly, and the fans of Flint (and at least one Canadian) were ready to rock.

Shaman’s Harvest got the party started, leading off with their current single “Dangerous,” and keeping the crowd involved throughout. A highlight was their version of “Dirty Diana,” by Michael Jackson. They covered that brilliantly, and showed that they should be around for years to come.

Texas Hippie Coalition came up next, to the delight of the now almost packed venue. Big Daddy Rich, at times, had to pause and stand back, as the crowd chanted THC and let the band know that they were happy to have them in town. THC wowed the crowd with a great set of bluesy, gritty, southern rock, and is sure to be headlining their own tour in the not too distant future.

Fozzy exploded on to the stage, with frontman Chris Jericho (aka “Moongoose McQueen”) sporting an LED covered jacket. It was something to behold, as Chris showed his years of experience working a crowd (as one of the best performers in the WWE). Clearly fate intervened the day band founder, Rich “The Duke” Ward (lead guitar), invited Jericho to join the band. Opening with the title track, “Do You Wanna Start A War” from their new album, and following up with a great set, including Abba’s “SOS,” Fozzy made it clear that they are here to stay.

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