Chris Jericho Thinks The Industry Was Behind Metallica And Guns N’ Roses’ Success


Fozzy frontman and professional wrestler Chris Jericho reflected his thoughts about the authorities’ perspective on rock and roll during his latest conversation with SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk. Also, he claimed that the industry supported Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, which brought them success.

The music industry has always been a competitive place full of complicated relationships and conflicts of interest for several reasons like money, fame, and recognition. Almost every company and authorities tend to choose the bands and musicians who would bring more audience, and eventually advertisements. Therefore, some rock bands are left behind and still can’t find popularity after the rise of rap, pop, and hip-hop.

The companies and organizers of various events decided to collaborate with the artists from these genres, which contributed a lot to their international popularity and commercial success. As a heavy metal band member, Chris Jericho stated that he realized rock and roll’s situation many years ago. The singer drew attention that the music industry supported Guns N’ Roses and Metallica through several projects in the ’90s.

However, Jericho didn’t forget to highlight that those two bands were excellent and deserved this while talking about rock and roll’s being a ‘red-headed stepchild.’ Also, he believes that there are next-generation bands like The Struts, Dirty Honey, Greta Van Fleet, and Halestorm, with many more that could save rock and roll from being murdered by the music industry that see the other genres as more profitable.

Jericho shared his ideas, saying:

“It’s the same way it’s always been. Rock and roll has always been the red-headed stepchild of the music world. It’s just the way that it is. Unless there’s a Guns N’ Roses or a Metallica in ’91 that gets a worldwide, huge push, rock and roll are always in the background. We know this; we’ve always known this.

Well, now you’re going into the business standpoint of things. Are there bands that could do it? Of course, there is. If you look at The Struts, or Greta Van Fleet or some of those bands, Dirty Honey and Halestorm, or you mentioned Fozzy, a good-time rock and roll band.

However, you have to have the industry behind you. That’s what I mean by Guns N’ Roses or Metallica in ’91. Those bands were always great, but it was the industry getting behind them, the decision-makers getting behind them. You know how that works. Until the next rock band is deemed that, I don’t think you’re going to see the rock in the forefront.”

Consequently, according to the Fozzy frontman, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica were everywhere during the ’90s with the help of the industry, even though they were always great. Jericho thinks that rock and roll can’t be famous until the decision-makers find another rock band to push forward.