Papa Roach follows ‘roller coaster ride’ to The OmniWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | email@example.com
Success is a gateway drug.
“The first time I heard my song on the radio, that was huge,” said Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix.
But the “hugeness” of hearing his songs on the radio only further spurred the rocker’s lust for eminence: “After hearing that song on the radio all the time, I wanted to sell out theaters, then arenas.” Shaddix said. “I’m a junkie for it. I’m always looking for that next high.”
After 10-plus years of connecting to audiences around the globe, Shaddix said, “I look back now and we’re still making music that affects people.”
The current lineup of Papa Roach consists of Shaddix delivering vocals, Jerry Horton on lead guitar and backing vocals, Tobin Esperance on bass and Tony Palermo on drums. The addition of Palermo, the first roster change since Papa Roach signed with a major label, came as a result of former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner’s departure in 2008.
According to Shaddix, the roster changes and years of touring haven’t had a major effect on the band’s writing process.
“It’s always evolved,” he said. “It has a lot to do with what we’re listening to and what’s going on in our personal lives. For this new album we really delved into classic rock, Queen, Zepplin, AC/DC and let it affect how we write music.”
Papa Roach’s seventh album, “Time for Annihilation,” released in August, is a split between new music and live recordings.
“I couldn’t wait to play the new songs live,” Shaddix said. “Combine the anticipation and excitement of a new tour and playing the new stuff live and it makes for one restless rock ‘n’ roller.”
The current Papa Roach tour, which will make a stop at The Omni on Oct. 13, will encompass music from the band’s long history of chart-topping hits as well as the new material.
“We’re playing the new songs and it’s a release,” Shaddix said.
With gold records, countless tours and fans from around the world, Shaddix describes the success of the band as a “roller coaster ride.”
“When this started we were just kids, and we just wanted to have fun. After that it became a job and it was real, we decided we wanted to do this for a living,” Shaddix said. “Where we are now is leaps and bounds beyond anything I imagined. We figured we’d sell maybe 100,000 records, build a grassroots following. Then we released our record and it was a rocket ship to the top.”
Even with the ups and downs and some trouble with former record labels, Shaddix said, “We’re on top again, so it’s bangin’.”
In June, Papa Roach’s former label Geffen Records released “To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach” against the band’s wishes. Because of the band’s ownership arrangement with its former label, it was not set to make any money from this release and asked fans not to buy the record.
“It ultimately confused our fan base and it was a level of confusion we weren’t excited about,” Shaddix said.
Despite the release, Shaddix said he wasn’t disillusioned by the music business.
“I didn’t join a band to sell pieces of plastic,” Shaddix said. “I joined to make music and pack concert halls and get people buzzin’ to our energy, and at the end of the day, that’s what I got.”
From the days of being an upstart high school band to being a rock behemoth that still sells out shows and continues to release new music, Papa Roach owes its success to its loyal fans.
“Our fans are everyone from the punk rock kid to the emo girl,” Shaddix said, “to the fans that have been with us for 10 years, to the 40 and over crowd, they’re what we call the ‘Angels and Insects’.”
Why should someone come out on a weeknight for a Papa Roach show?
“C’mon, what else are you going to do on a Wednesday night?” Shaddix said. “Sit at home and play video games? You’ve done that a million times!”
Doors for The Omni show open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased from any Ticketmaster outlet.