Chris JerichoChristopher Keith Irvine
- Birthdate: 11/09/1970 (age 44)
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 227 Ib
Chris Jericho is one of the most decorated wres...
On a backstage story about music he chose for part of his WWE Hall Of Fame induction: "Yeah, it was. It was the one request I had. When I found out I was going in, they said, "Do you want anything?" And I said, "Use Walk for the induction. That would be pretty amazing." The night before I found out I had to retire, I was listening to that song on the way home and I really paid attention to the lyrics for whatever reason. I knew something was different. I wasn't feeling great, physically. Those lyrics really, really meant something to me in the aspect of what I was going through at that point. Starting a new part of your life and walking around into the next one. Everybody agreed and they were like, "Yeah! Of course you can use it!" It doesn't really get any better than that. I got my favorite band, using a song that truly does mean something to me. And I get to go into the Hall Of Fame. So it was very cool and one of those things that the first time that I heard Nevermind, coming back from the Bramalea City Center, I bought it on cassette. And you hear those drums for the first time and then years later, that drummer is letting you use his music for your Hall Of Fame induction. Pretty surreal."
On replacing his WWE theme music: "Replacing Never Gonna Stop wasn't my choice. The copyright ran out on Never Gonna Stop. And the way that started is, I tore my labrum in my shoulder, but I didn't get surgery, so I ended up having a month off. So I threw a shot in the dark. I always hated that You Think You Know Me music because it never fit me and what I actually listen to. I had actually said that I wanted to use this Black Label Society song and they were like, "Okay, well here's our version of it." And it just sounded like a bad ripoff with this cheesy voice. The guys that did Big Show's music and they did this version of Black Label and it was just not good. It just sounded like a bad ripoff. Rob Zombie, he had a new album coming out, "Can we get this?" A shot in the dark. Next week, they brought me a copy of the CD, The Sinister Urge, and I was just like, "Oh, really? Holy shit!" I didn't think that was gonna happen. So I had four tracks and they said the album hasn't been released, so you can't let anybody hear this. And I said, "Okay. Never Gonna Stop." I come back from an injury, that makes sense. So I used it, really, really liked it. And then when I came back from the neck injury, they were like, "Okay, well we can't use it." And also if you watch DVDs, it's never on the DVDs. So they piped in my original music."
"When I was out with my neck injury, I met Mark Tremonti. I met him at a Metallica show, actually. And I went back to his place after and he played me what would end up being the first Alter Bridge album. I heard Metalingus and I was like, "Dude, can I use that when I come back?" And he said, "Yeah! Of course!" So that ended up being the genesis of it and when I heard it, it was actually Mark singing. It hadn't been Myles yet. So it was in its infancy, but I had heard that song. I was like, "Okay, that's gonna be what I come to the ring to." And that's how that all started."
On his favorite live band performances on WWE programming: "The first one I really remember was Motley Crue. I show up at work one day and I was like, "Oh! Wow, that's Motley Crue up there! What is going on?" So that was kind of cool because there's nobody in the arena and you sit there and listen to them soundcheck. So I remember sitting there and I went, "Man! That's Tommy Lee killin those drums up there! This is amazing!" And you get your own little private show. When Ozzy played Smackdown. It's Ozzy! And Zakk's up there ripping away. It was Baltimore and Zakk had this prototype, 1 of 1 half SG, half Randy Rhoads flying V Gibson with Zakk's bullseye design, and it was just a ridiculous guitar. So I'm just sitting there and he goes "Wanna play this fuckin thing!" I didn't, not in front of him! But I...