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Published on June 3rd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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AEW’s Chris Jericho On His New Band Kuarantine, KISS, The Jericho Cruise, Future Plans & More

Few professional wrestlers — if any — have been innovative to the extent of All Elite Wrestling’s inaugural World Champion Chris Jericho. Not only did Jericho make his in-ring debut 30 years ago in 1990 and capture major titles in multiple promotions around the world, but he has further crossed over into the pantheon of mainstream success, thanks to his extensive work as an actor, best-selling author, world-touring musician, prolific podcaster, television host and all-around entertainer.

In early 2020, Jericho has not only been keeping busy with AEW, putting the finishing touches on the next Fozzy album, hosting the Talk Is Jericho podcast, and popping up on a variety of other people’s films and television programs; he was part of several Kevin Smith productions beyond appearing on The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs. But it has also seen him be very active with quarantine-based projects, like appearing most Saturdays on the Saturday Night Special via Facebook Live.

Beyond the upcoming third edition of Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea, another project keeping Jericho busy in the midst of the current pandemic is his new band Kuarantine. Featuring Kent Slucher (drummer for Luke Bryan), guitarist Joe McGinness (of KLASSIK ’78) and bassist PJ Farley (of Trixter and Rubix Kube) with Jericho on vocals, Kuarantine launched last month with a music video — premiered by SPIN — for their cover of KISS’ 1987, guitar-heavy deep-cut “No No No.”

I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Jericho by phone on June 2, 2020 about Kuarantine, KISS, performing with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, his musical roots beyond The Beatles, his Fozzy bandmates and plenty more. The full interview is embedded for your listening pleasure, while part of the interview has been exclusively transcribed for Sportskeeda.

More on Chris Jericho is online at www.chrisjericho.com, while Kuarantine is on Instagram at www.instagram.com/kuarantine_official, the Jericho Cruise can be followed via www.jerichocruise.com, and Talk Is Jericho is available through all major podcast outlets.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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