As Axl Rose once sang, "Nothing last forever, even cold November rain."
Maybe so, but Fozzy frontman and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho didn't have
time to wait out the rain during a recent video shoot for "With the
Jericho, a.k.a. Moongoose McQueen, and his band had planned to stage a
dramatic road sequence filled with stunt cyclists and sports cars
roaring down the highway, but inclement weather in Charlotte, North
Carolina, forced Fozzy to rapidly and dramatically restructure the
"It was a real case of guerilla filmmaking," Jericho said. "While we
were trying to figure out what to do, we drove past this parking garage,
and we decided, 'Well, let's just park some of those fancy funny cars in
there and play around there.' It wasn't what we were shooting for, but a
lot of times when you don't have a lot of time to make a video, you
gotta just do what you can to improvise."
Fortunately, when you're Chris Jericho, people are eager to meet your
needs. All he and his minions had to do was descend upon a nearby
shopping mall and they had a new cast within minutes.
"We went in there and asked a bunch of people, 'Would you like to come
out with us and make a video?' A lot of them did, so we had a pretty
The video for "With the Fire" was lensed by Scott Ross and co-directed
by Jericho, who also sang, wrote the treatment and choreographed. The
clip starts with the members of Fozzy sitting in a limousine, then
McQueen falls asleep and dreams that the band is transported into a
hip-hop video (see "Fozzy Robbed By
Jimmy Fallon, Return With Bling-Bling").
"It started out as having the ultimate heavy metal band thrust within
the confines of the cliché rap video, but it branched out into
something crazier than that," he said. "It became this very unique,
original spectacle that reminds me of a David Lynch film, where it's
very surreal and very strange but also really funny and very
entertaining as well."
During the video, a midget and a man in a pig mask escort the band,
bling-bling-sportin' booty girls pout and strut, McQueen puts the moves
on a senior citizen, and Jericho performs a synchronized dance
reminiscent of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," accompanied by WWE wrestler
"I kind of watched 'Thriller' to get some inspiration," Jericho
admitted. "And I used Hurricane because he's a white boy who can really
throw down. The dance part came out great. If anybody wants to hire me
to be a dance choreographer for the next Justin Timberlake video, I'm
In addition to the footage in the garage, "With the Fire" features
scenes shot in a club called Amos', which was also used as a location
for the film "Shallow Hal." While much of the video is tongue-in-cheek,
the song, one of five originals on the band's second album,
Happenstance, delivers a serious and life-affirming message.
"It's about harnessing the fire that's inside of your heart," Jericho
said. "[It's about] having that fighting spirit and having the courage
inside of you to do whatever you wanna do and to be the best you can