Fozzy Guitarist Says “Black People Are Welcome” In Metal

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Rich Ward

Rich Ward of Fozzy gave an interview at this year’s Download Festival two weeks ago, in which he discusses metal’s diversity — or lack thereof.

I don’t know, man. Maybe it’s because I go to shows in New York, but I see all kinds of people attending metal shows. Yes, the preponderance of them are white folks, but I also see a lot of African Americans, a bunch of Hispanics, some Indian dudes…you name it.

I’m lucky, I guess, to be part of a scene that seems so accepting. Maybe the scene’s different in, say, Alabama. But I can’t say for sure.

Fozzy’s Ward — also a member of Stuck Mojo — says “metal always gets weird… and I don’t even know… but it gets this weird reputation of being racist or homophobic.”

He adds:

“It’s, like, why? And they say, well, there’s a not lot of black people at the shows. It’s, like, black people are welcome. We don’t have a sign [saying that no blacks are allowed to attend metal]. But it’s about culture. And that’s the one thing that people don’t realize… Because there’s not a lot of gay heavy metal bands, that doesn’t mean that that culture is not welcome, it’s just that we gravitate towards things that we are culturally drawn to, and black culture, in general, is drawn to music that came up in black culture… you know, rap music, R&B, blues, jazz, and there are places where those cultures can meet, and they often do. But even Living Colour and bands like Fishbone, they don’t have large black audiences. They play rock music, so they have a mainly white audience. So it has nothing to do with color, it has to do with culture.”

Says the white guy.

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