Chris Jericho Admits He Uses Live Backing Tracks: ‘Everyone Does…It Doesn’t Make You Less Of A Band’


Has anyone ever tried Viagra? I didn’t, and always wondered what it looked like (I mean, besides just feeling like I had a boner). But something I will say is that I don’t think there should be any stigma attached to its use. What if you need a helping hand to get your engine running, as long as all the consenting adults involved are satisfied? I’m bringing all this up, of course, because wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho had admitted that his band used live backing tracks, and his explanation sounds a lot like a guy explaining he’s taking the blue pill.

Here’s what Jericho said in an interview with Detroit’s WRIF:

“We use backing tracks for some songs, and everybody does. Unless you’re Guns N’ Roses…Let me rephrase that…If you’re in Slash’s band…Guns N’ Roses has backing tracks. They have a keyboard player. It’s just the way of the world right now. That doesn’t mean we don’t sing and play. If you listen to a record, you go to a concert by Def Leppard and you hear “Pour Some Sugar On Me” which was recorded with 25 guitar tracks, you can’t just have two guitars on stage and to your right mind thinks there was not something that was building the background there. That’s kind of how bands are. It doesn’t make you less of a band. ‘Cause you know what? Queen used tracks in the 70s If you don’t believe me, watch it when they perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” live.

So obviously Jericho seems a bit defensive here. And that makes sense, considering Sebastian Bach recently called it out about lip-syncing. Overall, I’m definitely wrong on the side of “Who the fuck cares,” but I also think Jericho is wrong to assume everyone does. If you look, his examples are all aged arena rockers. Call the Clutch guys into a room and ask if they use live backing tracks. I can’t help but think they would stand against you.

Watch the interview here:


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