Fozzy singer Chris Jericho says he doesn’t mind when his voice is compared to Ozzy Osbourne’s.
In a new interview, Jericho explained, “I’ve always had that in me. It’s not trying to sound like Ozzy; that’s my vocal range — that really high-end… So there’s always been elements of it. And I think one of the reasons for that is when [guitarist] Rich Ward writes the melody line, or Johnny Andrews, our producer, who co-writes all the songs with us, they know what my wheelhouse is, and they know that there’s that high-end, I guess you’d say ‘Ozzy-esque’ style to it.”
He went on to say, “Some people sound like Steve Perry; some people sound like Bruce Dickinson; some people sound like [Paul] McCartney — I sound like Ozzy. So that’s kind of my wheelhouse. And [we’re] not trying to write songs that sound like Ozzy, but there are definite parts that have that vibe to it, and even I can feel it and I know it. Which is cool — it’s fun to know that if you’re gonna be compared to somebody… Listen, people forget — Ozzy’s one of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time, so I’ll take that comparison any day of the week, man.”