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FOZZY has parted ways with longtime drummer Frank Fontsere and has replaced him with Grant Brooks (THROUGH FIRE). Fontsere was a founding member of FOZZY, having formed the group in 1999 with Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward.

The Chris Jericho-fronted outfit announced Fontsere‘s departure in a social media post earlier today. The band wrote: “After almost 2 decades, Frank Fontsere is stepping down as the drummer of FOZZY to focus on his family and other projects. We wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his years of maximum rock However, we are SO excited to announce that after an extensive audition process, our good friend Grant Brooks is the new drummer for FOZZY!! We are stoked to unleash the pure energy & talent that Grant brings to the band and we are ready to EXPLODE in 2022 … as we look forward to the BIGGEST year in our history! Love you guys and see you soon! – Chris, Rich, Billy & PJ.”

In a separate statement on his personal Facebook page, Brooks said that he was exiting THROUGH FIRE after four years and that he is “super excited” about his new gig.

He wrote: “For 4 years I have played with THROUGH FIRE. I joined the band in the summer of 2017, starting with some of the biggest festivals I have played in my music career- from Louder Than Life with OZZY OSBOURNE to Sonic Boom with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, followed by touring across the USA several times. Being with THROUGH FIRE took me from being a local musician to a national touring artist and I will never forget these memories with my brothers who will always be my family. However, my time has come to an end with THROUGH FIRE. There is no bad blood and they will continue to shine with the new music coming out, that I love and know all of you will as well!

“Having said all that, I’m very happy to announce that I have accepted the offer to be the NEW official drummer for FOZZY! I’m super excited to start this journey with my friends and crew in the band. So thankful for this amazing opportunity!

“Huge shoutout to Rich Ward, aka The Duke and Chris Jericho for reaching out to me and offering me the gig. My first shows will be on the Jericho Cruise setting sail from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas on March 14-18!

“Thank you all for the support and can’t wait for the future. So many more exciting announcements coming soon!”

FOZZY will release its new album, “Boombox”, on April 15. The LP, which includes the top 10 singles “Nowhere To Run” and “Sane”, was once again produced by Johnny Andrews.


1 Comment

  1. Manny RinconGallardo on

    Excited to be kept up on the metal music scene here in good ol’ US of A.
    It’s harder to get any info on what’s happening at a local level and at the National level as well. Nevertheless it’s old news when you get it and it bums you out you could have participated in a certain event. Thank you for making our odds better for us die hard metal fans.

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