(10/15/13) - "The Machine Shop is legendary right here," Papa Roach singer
Jacoby Shaddix says."This is like the Roxy or the Troubadour of the
California rockers Papa Roach know quite a bit about legendary
venues, having played across the world in every kind of place you can
imagine. But coming back to Flint, and seeing 550 of their biggest fans Tuesday at their sold out show, is what this band
says they're all about.
"You gotta take the rock back to the people sometimes," Shaddix said. "Put me on a stage anywhere, give me a mic and let me rip it.
And while Shaddix says he knows how much it means to the
audience for the band to come to the smaller towns for shows, he also
wants the fans to know that he appreciates the sacrifices many have to
make just to buy a ticket to their shows.
"It means a lot for us to sell this place out. Anybody buyin' ticket
to a rock show, you know, we know times are tough for some people, but
rock and roll is that escape."
The 37 year old says that fact give the band motivation to push themselves even more at shows like Tuesday night's.
"We approach this as if we're the opening band. Cause people are
here to see us, and we get that, but I believe we gotta get on stage and
win over a crowd, even though they are our crowd."
And those crowds have been loyal to the band for more than a
decade, since they first hit the mainstream with the 2000 single "Last
Resort." Shaddix says the band is still blown away sometimes that
they're still able to stay relevant in the ever changing
"I was talking to my guitar player on the bus before I came in here
and I was like, 'We are outliving right now bands that came in 5 years
after us. That trips me out!"
And Shaddix says growth as people and songwriters has been a big
part of their continued success. The band's latest album, 2012's "The
Connection" features a lot more singing than the part singing, part
rapping formula featured on their breakthrough 2000
"I think our evolution of our sound and our vibe is really key to who we are."
Another key to the change in their music is maturity. Shaddix
just had his third child last month, just before the band headed out on
this tour. And while he says he's heartbroken that he's not home with
his newly expanded family, being on the road
at a time like this does have its advantages.
"I miss him very much. But, my lady's jealous right now. She's like, 'You're sleeping? Through the night?"