Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 25, 2010

Papa Roach in TC, backing new record

Band plays at Ground Zero Wednesday

TRAVERSE CITY — It's not often you hear a well-known musician ask the public to NOT buy their record.

But that's what Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix is asking.

After the group parted ways with Interscope Records, Shaddix says, the label intentionally scheduled the release of a Papa Roach greatest hits albums to coincide with the release of the band's Aug. 31 Eleven Seven Music debut, "Time for Annihilation ... On The Record And On The Road."

Interscope's release, "...To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach," hits the ground one day before Papa Roach plays Wednesday, June 30, at Ground Zero in Traverse City.

"We fulfilled our contract with them," Shaddix said of Interscope. "We were pretty much, 'Let's get out of here. We've had enough of this.' The radio department was good to us over the years, but there were a lot of empty promises to us from up above."

"The final stab in the face is ... they are going to release a greatest hits record at the same time we release our new record, and it's creating a lot of confusion. They're taking their last, desperate attempt at making money off our band. So if anybody is really supporting Papa Roach, please do not buy Interscope's greatest hits album."

After five albums that sold a combined 10 million copies and produced 15 top-40 U.S. mainstream hits (including seven in the top 10), the band's first album with their new label is mostly live versions of their hits, plus five new studio tracks.

The nine live songs were recorded while Papa Roach was on tour with Shinedown last year, including the hits "Last Resort," "Between Angels and Insects," "Scars," "Forever," "To Be Loved," "Getting Away With Murder," "Time Is Running Out" and "Lifeline," Shaddix said.

"We just got off the major labels and we're with an independent label, so we have an opportunity to do some different stuff with how we release music," Shaddix said. "We wanted to do a live record for quite awhile … and with a major label, they're not usually into that different stuff. They just want to get an album, release it, throw a single out there and see what happens. We were like, 'That's all well and good, but we've done that five times over. We want to try something different.'"

That includes doing some fundraising for charity on tour, getting involved with Why Hunger Year.

"People are really starting to see the affects of the economy on American society and people losing their homes," Shaddix said. "I come from meager beginnings. ... No disrespect to the people who want to go build schools in Africa and that, but there's a lot of people in America that are hurting."

The band has been auctioning off VIP packages to concerts, donating the money to WHY.

Shaddix also said the band is boycotting BP on their tour due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The band's name has nothing to do with drugs, but rather with Shaddix's step-grandfather Howard William Roatch, whose nickname was "Papa Roach."

"He had a huge impact on my life," Shaddix said. "I never really had a grandpa. I come from a pretty scattered background. He was somebody who didn't have to love me or care about me and came into my life and was there for me. That was huge for me, especially in that part of my life."

Shaddix's "scattered" background is laid out in many of the band's songs, most notably "Broken Home," in which he sings "I know my mother loves me / But does my father even care? / If I'm sad or angry / You were never ever there."

"That's been the kind of person I've always been," Shaddix said. "I've always just laid it out there, no matter how weak or vulnerable it makes me look. It doesn't matter to me. I just can't hold my demons and my frustrations and my pain inside."

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