Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix on Being an Underdog, the UPROAR Tour and His Relationship With Randy Blythe
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix had a health scare earlier this summer when he disclosed that a node was forming on his vocal cords, but to hear him speak today, everything seems to be under control. The hyperkinetic, body-jacking vocalist is ready to unleash his all as the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival sets to kick off later this week.
Noisecreep spoke with Jacoby from his home in Northern California about the tour and Papa Roach's upcoming album. Since he knows that Papa Roach will be followed each night of the upcoming tour by Godsmack, Staind and Shinedown, he knows he and the band need to bring the big guns out.
Jacoby, this is the calm before the storm - what do you do right before a big tour like this?
My checklist is basically to spend some quality time with my wife and two sons [ages 10 and 7]. That's number one on the list. That helps me keep my head centered - helps keep it in a positve headspace. I love where I am at in my life. This business is laden with so many negative people and negative attitudes - it's like you've gotta always be a fighter - it's so dog eat dog fight, but I'm willing to fight to keep my place in the crazy ass business because I love my family and I love my band.
This October, your new album The Connection is being released and its first single ["Still Swingin'"] is already a hit. You guys must be getting impatient to get the record out.
Dude... dude! This is the best project to date! Our best record period. We topped ourselves on this one - it encompasses all things about this band and we went back in he vault and listened and listened to all of our styles and