In a new interview with Full Metal Jackie (via Blabbermouth), wrestler turned metal singer Chris Jericho has talked about what it means to be a metal ambassador.
As the vocalist notes, no matter what side project he works on, it always comes back to the metal:
"It's funny you say that. Whatever mainstream acceptance that I have, it always falls back onto metal. Even when I did 'Dancing With the Stars,' I think I'm the only guy ever who competed on 'Dancing With the Stars' that listened to 'Gung Ho' by Anthrax ten minutes before showtime.
"I remember at Golden Gods a few years ago, Alice Cooper was there and I was hosting it. Alice was like, 'Chris Jericho, he's like the ambassador for metal. He's done more for metal in the mainstream than anybody has in years, vote for him on 'Dancing With the Stars.' Vote for him is a vote for metal!' I was like, that's cool.
"I also met Geezer Butler for the first time there and he's like, 'I watched you on 'Dancing With the Stars.'' I was like, 'Wow?' He's like, 'I even voted for you too.' I was like, 'Wow! Geezer Butler watches me? That is pretty cool.' Yes, I am the ambassador for metal."
As Jericho notes, even in his pro-wrestling days, he was inspired by hard rock frontmen:
"Even when I first started wrestling, all I wanted to be was to be the David Lee Roth of wrestling or the Paul Stanley of wrestling. The ultimate frontman in that ring. When I started playing music when I was 12, it was the same thing, I just wanted to be in a band and play so much. So the fact that I get to be here and do this, and still do all the other stuff I'm doing, it's a real cool plus for metal and metal fans."