“I was all about Eddie Van Halen and George Lynch. But John Sykes really got me – he changed my world through his tone and vibrato”: How Fozzy’s Rich Ward took a shred attitude and funk-metal mindset to invent Stuck Mojo

Rich Ward
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Before landing what he feels is the gig he’s always wanted in Fozzy – alongside Chris Jericho, “one of the greatest frontmen of all time” – Rich Ward made waves with rap-rock and nu-metal pillars Stuck Mojo.

Looking back on those days, the Duke of Metal tells Guitar World: “Stuck Mojo was my first love. It was a decade of my life, and I put everything into it.” His devotion showed in records like Snappin’ Necks (1995) and Pigwalk (1997), which were polarizing yet defining moments. 

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.