I've been a fan since 1998, when I was sent a CD from a friend of mine who lived in Sacramento. She loved the band, and insisted I check them out. I live in Ireland, no one had heard of the band until the 2000 release of "Infest". As everyone knows, "Infest" was very successful, and the guys set off on a world tour. I didn't make it to that show, but after the release of "LoveHateTragedy" they came to Ireland and I entered a radio contest to get to be V.I.P at the gig. I won the contest, and met the guys backstage where I presented them with gold records for sales of LoveHateTragedy in Ireland. Murderdolls and Hell Is For Heroes supported them on this tour. Murderdolls were great for getting the crowd going, we were all really amped up for Papa Roach. When they took to the stage I was in awe, Jacoby has amazing stage presence, the set list was perfect, bringing us up with anthems like "Last Resort" and "Time And Time Again" and settling us back down with a haunting 3 minute intro to "LoveHateTragedy". I left the gig feeling like I had been at some kind of therapy session. They are just amazing and awe inspiring live. I met them again in 2006 when they played here and again they were brilliant. They came outside after the show to chat with fans and sign autographs etc and they were really down to earth. As Jacoby says, It's always good to meet nice rock stars! If you haven't seen them live, GO! They are just amazing!
I was looking through the items that I had reviewed, and suddenly realised that I had reviewed the Papa Roach album, but not actually reviewed the experience of seeing them live, so here I am. Well I gave the album flying colours, and they were really good live, I came into this ticket purely by chance, I had left it too late to get tickets which was quite upsetting, because I wanted to see these live really badly. But then on the night of the gig, about half an hour before the train left a friend told me he was too ill to go and did I want his ticket, I needed no persuading. The two support bands were really good, Apartment 26, who are a bit like Prodigy, in the way that it’s a bit dance like, but with really good vocals over the top, (HED) PE are amazing, I loved seeing these, and if I see them touring on their own later in the year, (apart from when I see them at Ozzfest) I will be there faster than a bolt of lightning. By the time Roach came online the crowd were already mental, bearing in mind I saw them at The Academy which can be quite hard to get a whole crowd going, I have seen bands fail before. Coby Dick and crew came on and destroyed the crowd, their was crowd surfs everywhere, you can’t stage dive at the Academy though, which is a shame, only stage diver I saw was when Coby Dick did one, off a speaker, and landed on my friends head, who had a messed up face for quite a while after. Papa Roach performed for a quite a while in gig terms, I think it was about an hour, and they performed the whole album, as well as a couple of dedications, and obviously had Coby talking for a while. (I wish he wouldn’t though, he is such a fool, and always says something stupid) Bearing in mind that I normally like small gigs, with a small amount of hardcore fans, I was really impressed with this gig, but it has managed to throw this band straight into the limelight, and since their tour they have becom
e massive. You can no longer go anywhere without seeing a Papa Roach hoody, and normal shops have started selling them, this band is huge, and they are only going to get a lot bigger, which will make Coby think he is god, I’d get ready for some quite humorous interviews in the rock magazines. Sorry, cutting back to the actual subject, if Papa Roach tour again over here soon, I suggest that you book tickets early, as they will sell out pretty fast, and I think you should go and see them, they are well worth a watch in my opinion. I will see them at this years Ozzfest, on that note, is anybody reading this review going to that, please leave a comment if you are, would be cool to know other people who are going, even if chances of seeing you are quite rare in a 60,000 people gig. Okay, I seemed to have reached a dead end with this rambling, so I will just re cap in 1 line, this band is really good live, go and see them if you get the chance. Live 8/10 Thank you for reading. Mr. T
Papa Roach are yet to release their first single "The Last Resort" over here in the UK. Tonight there are over 2000 paying punters crammed into the Academy. I guess it just goes to show you the power of the media and the MTV video culture that surrounds us because the truth is that Papa Roach just aren't that good. With a support band like Hed(PE) on before them it only goes to highlight this. Coby Dick and co just don't have the stage presence that even the most dodgy pub band have. This doesn't matter though for the predominantly teenage audience. Could someone explain to me why it is that Rock music (the most ugly and violent of the musical field) attracts the most beautiful people? Hordes of teenage girls and boys that could have walked off a catwalk or Aussie soap mix amongst the admittedly hideous 30-40 year olds. Its another case for the Eerie Indiana kids (Episode 258: Why do Rock fans turn from Beauty to the Beast once they reach 25?). On the stage Coby Dick shouts out typical macho rock slogans ("Its not about us, its about the energy from you guys", "Anyone who's got a joint light it up in the air"). It just looses its feeling in Manchester where if they walked the toughest streets they would simply be crushed before their ego's got hold of them. Musically, its just dumb a** jock rock which has no place either side of the atlantic. Rock music used to be about the outsider and now we get a generation of rock bands (Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit etc.) who just appeal to the townie / trendy generation. The type of people who ironically used to beat up the kids for being freaky goths. You've all heard "The Last Resort" single by now and quite possibly seen the video. That is all you need to see of the band as the live show is simply the same song repeated for an hour. Coby, I don't care whether you wet the bed or not - keep you bland variant of rock to yourselves and f*** off to
Middle America. Hed(PE) on the other hand are welcome to come over here when ever they damn well like. Alex McCann PS. Check out my rock related ops on Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, NIN etc