The ‘Judas Rising Tour,’ headlined by Atlanta metal favorites Fozzy, kicked off in February in NOLA and recently came to a huge finish in Hampton Beach, NH. The successful outing made a grand entrance in New York City at Gramercy Theatre for a sold-out concert on April 5th.
Fronted by the charismatic Chris Jericho, Fozzy brought new tracks from their latest album Judas to New York City, kicking off their set with the LP’s title-track and playing “Drinkin with Jesus,” “Burn Me Out,” and “Painless.” Other notable tracks performed included a cover of ABBA‘s “SOS,” plus fan-favorites “Sin and Bones,” “Do You Wanna Start a War,” “Lights Go Out,” set closer “Sandpaper,” and more. The self-proclaimed “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla,” Jericho, and band delivered a highly energized set at their biggest show in Gotham to date.
Nebraska hard rockers Through Fire provided direct support on the tour, hyping up the crowd with songs from their 2016 debut record, Breathe, dishing out amped up songs like “Breakout,” “Damage,” “Where You Lie,” “Blood on My Hands,” and more. The band definitely made a ton of new NYC fans on Thursday night, as hundreds of concert-goers showed their love by throwing their firsts and horns high into the air.
The night’s biggest surprise came in the form of Southern California rockers Joyous Wolf, who brought their high-flying, electrifying set to the Manhattan stage. Some might have missed the news, but the band were a last-minute addition to the latter half of the tour, replacing Santa Cruz. NYC welcomed the band’s psyche-rock grooves, immediately cheering on vocalist Nick Reese as he performed flips and splits onstage, while busting out dance moves that channeled his inner Mick Jagger. With influences ranging from metal to blues, the band charmed Gramercy Theatre with their hits “Mountain Man,” “Turning Blue,” new song “Witch Doctor,” and more.
New Jersey’s own headbangers Dark Sky Choir kicked off the night, presenting their fresh and hefty rock tunes to a packed house. Featuring original members Fred Gorhau (guitars) and Mike Sakowski (drums), plus recently hired guns John Moyer of Disturbed (bass) and Brian Allen of Vicious Rumors (vocals), the metal newcomers took the Big Apple by storm, giving fans a taste of their heavy-hitting songs “Death of a Nation,,” “Like It or Not,” “Show No Mercy,” “The End,” and others.
We’ve got full photo coverage from the night in the gallery below!
Coming soon to Gramercy Theatre:
04/18 – Carnifex, Winds of Plague, Archspire, Spite, Oceano, Shadow of Intent, Buried Above Ground
04/19 – Soulfly, Nile
04/26 – The Sweet, DJ Alex Kayne, Tragedy
Dark Sky Choir: