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From Ashes To New hits Marquee Theater (Tempe, AZ)

Following on the heels of their viral success, upstart rap ‘n’ rock artists From Ashes To New joined alt metal veterans 10 Years on their 2018 How To Live As Ghosts tour, appearing at the famous Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ. This young power pop group brings to the stage not only a “hometown American boy” story, but a big set full of empowerment and positive vibe to match their uplifting presence and affirmative energy.

When you think of Lancaster, PA, rock ‘n’ roll music isn’t exactly what immediately comes to mind. In fact, most people think the opposite…horses, buggies, furniture, and cheese…but while it’s true that Lancaster is the country’s oldest Amish settlement, it’s also a place where dreams came true for a couple of kids who are now living the American Dream:  Six guys trying to salvage the efforts of various different failing musical projects, putting their heads together to have one more go at this “music thing”, which has turned out to be a rapidly growing success. But while the band has been its own brand of persistence, they cannot take all of the credit for their Cinderella story.

As humanity submerges more and more into the digital world, we are learning to harness the power of unity through electronics. From Ashes To New owes much of their success to their social media followers, particularly on Instagram and Facebook. This is the latest version of Peer-To-Peer networking, where arts and ideas can be shared exponentially with others across devices and platforms at the click of a button. That’s not to say that there isn’t still a lot of work that goes into the creation of such a beast. For something to go viral enough people have to not only approve of the selection, but be moved enough to share it. From Ashes To New began with a humble internet offering of their first song, “Through It All”…just something for friends and local fans to enjoy. The posting made its way to the Octane facebook page, where it was seen by the station’s programming director, who subsequently added it to the rotation. In just a few short years, From Ashes To New found themselves successfully sharing a label with bands like Papa Roach and touring with 10 Years.

The idea that some Unknown can still make a song and hear it on the radio is often overshadowed by the notions of contracts and huge record conglomerates, but From Ashes To New is a modern-day throwback to guys like Johnny Cash and Ritchie Valens, who just did what they did and played what they played, and eventually somebody heard it, grabbed the nearest person by the shirt sleeve, and said, “Hey! You gotta hear this!” Although their success has been like riding on a rocket ship, From Ashes To New maintains their humble beginnings throughout their music and tour appearances. They are still very much connected to their fan base, which is evident in the intimacy of the environment they create, regardless of stage size. They know where they came from, they know who put them there, and their audience is just as much a part of their performance as any guitar or microphone.

While many musicians use the medium to vent their angst and troubles, exploring their darker sides, From Ashes To New puts on an upbeat show on a well-lighted stage. Vocalist Matt Brandyberry also writes the band’s music, and while it may still express negative feelings and emotions, his music encourages its listeners to go one step further than their misery and view their situations from an alternative, more positive angle. The band has also made inclusion a focal point of its music, reminding listeners and fans that whatever their struggles are, they are not alone and they don’t have to feel alone. FATN has created somewhat of a revolving door in its existence…the people like the songs, so they write more music about the people. The band not only has a passion for their craft, but a heart for who they play for. This was felt throughout the theater from the first note to the last song. You won’t find anything in their repertoire about hookers and blow, but what you will find is a band who hates the idea of another kid cutting himself or committing suicide, a band that hates bullying, and a band that really wants to create a life raft for someone who’s hurting.

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Papa Roach, Seether – Milwaukee and Chicago – 01/24/2015 – 01/25/2015


Nothing like a good concert weekend to make your life complete, especially when you have VIP for one band that you have been wanting to meet for over ten years, it was a Papa Roach weekend for sure.

Saturday started out cold, to be exact it was freezing in Milwaukee, but having VIP for both shows we were suppose to arrive at the venue at 3:15pm, which we did and around 3:15 or so they came out to get us for the Papa Roach VIP, which was taking place first before Seether’s VIP. I’ve been a fan of the band for over ten years, and this was the first time I’ve done VIP for Papa Roach, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able not too, as you get in early, you get the rail, you meet the band, you chat with Jacoby, what more could you ask for.

I was instructed by our fearless leader Reverend Justito, to give Jacoby a message, “tell him Stikmon requests he plays Orange Drive Palms“, so I did. Jacoby and Jerry’s reaction was what was anticipated jaw dropping, “how do you know stikmon” so I told him how I knew Justin, and he’s like “oh my gosh, the Cactus Club, I remember we played their and I found a bunch of drink tickets their like a roll of drink tickets and was like what do I do with these” and Jerry was like “oh yeah I remember that, you found them and we tried to use them”. It was a fun conversation, and Jacoby and Jerry told me to tell Justin Hi as well.  I’m glad Justin told me to ask him that, as it brought back memories for them I’m sure. After the hugs, and asking him to draw a “crack head” on my cell phone which he did, and said it was the “worst crackhead he done” I said no worries, it will fade.. ha, he’s like “yeah it will fade” and laughed. The photo was taken, and good byes were said, enjoy the show.


In all honesty I could have stood their and talked to Jacoby for an hour and a half, even the band as a whole, just about anything, they are that personable. It was a fun meet and greet, I’m glad I did it. Off to the rail we went.

Chicago’s VIP for Papa Roach was a little bit more rushed, as Seether had more VIP for them then they did for Milwaukee. The VIP for Papa Roach in Chicago was up the stairs, say your hello’s and get a photo. Which was alright, it was an early show, and hugs all around Jacoby’s like “she’s back” yep, I survived Milwaukee I’m coming back for more.

Papa Roach headlined this tour with Seether, and openers Kyng and Islander.

Islander was up first in Milwaukee and I fell in love with them, they have the “Deftones” stage presence, and the lead singer gets out into the crowd, they performed a small set that got the crowd going and ready for more, with the lead singer body surfing to get things started.

In Chicago, Islander put on another great performance, with Mikey Carvajal the lead singer going out into the crowd and doing his thing. I loved both of their set’s so much I got the CD afterward and have been listening to it on repeat, any band that can cause me to buy the CD and do that, is a band I’m going to see again. Mikey the lead singer is also a member of the non-profit outreach organization known as The Whosoevers. They are a band to be reckoned with, they are heading out on tour with “Red” this summer.

Next up, was Kyng one of my favorite bands from California, they rocked the house, with songs off of their two albums, “Trampled Sun” & “Burn the Serum”, with their epic version of “Hot for Teacher” which I did manage to get on video in Chicago. Kyng had played in Milwaukee several times, but this was the first time for Eddie and the band to be up in the huge ballroom, it’s a completely different setting up there. Kyng brought it though, with Eddie doing his usual faces of awesomeness from stage. He does get the crowd involved, in more ways then one.

In Chicago, Kyng put on another good set, and their rendition of “Hot for Teacher” was caught on video.

Afterward in Milwaukee Eddie the lead singer didn’t draw on my cell phone cover and give me a selfie, he refused as in his words “you’ve got to many” lol, and “do you want a bad drawing or a good drawing” but despite dissing me there, he was only joking. He made up for in Chicago, just love him. He’s such a sweetheart and they bring it every time they perform, can’t wait to see them more this year.


Seether was up next in Milwaukee with Christmas lights in full effect around each of their mic stands, and they had a touring guitarists with them, this time. He did backup guitars, and did a little singing, wasn’t to bad actually. I’ve been a fan of Seether since they came out, and seen them many, many times. Shaun has changed over the years, but he can still belt out the hits. Chicago was no different, they did however sing “Change” by the Deftones, which sounded amazing, even Jacoby was on the side of the stage singing it. Seether did an excellent job on both of their sets. They played several new songs from their latest release “Isolate and Medicate” .

Papa Roach was up next and you never really know what to expect from Jacoby, he could leave the stage at any time. They started their set off with “Face Everything and Rise” off of their new release F.E.A.R. that just dropped today the 27th of January. The crowd just gets into Papa Roach’s set, bodies start surfing, songs are being sung, it’s a massive mosh pit and it was epic.

Chicago was no different for Papa Roach, although Jacoby and the fellows did perform a new song off of the album called “Warriors” and it was awesome. Jacoby this time, decided to leave the stage and do a little crowd surfing himself, he walked on the crowd and surfed right up in front of me, you can see by the photo I got, that if the person’s arm wasn’t in the way, he would be looking right at me.


It was hard enough for me to get that shot, let alone others.. it was a great show in Chicago, he was on point and just basically having fun, perhaps the fact that they had two days off in the city, might have helped some. They rocked both days, and both days I was crushed and slammed up against a rail with 4000 people in Milwaukee behind me, and roughly 2000 some in Chicago.. EPIC weekend. Would do it all over again, if given the chance.

Papa Roach’s new CD F.E.A.R. Face Everything and Rise, dropped today January 27th, it’s awesome, Jacoby never fails on lyrics, and always writes from the heart, he may have been through hell and back, but he’s came through it 100% real. Love this band.. can’t wait for the summer tours.

The Gallery below, contains one or two photos from Milwaukee and Chicago.




The Lineup For Beale Street Music Festival 2013 Has Been Revealed

Beale Street2013

Here we go folks, another day another festival announcement. The 2013 version of the Beale Street Music Festival released its lineup this morning. Taking place at Tom Lee Park during the Memphis In May International Festival May 3rd through the 5th. Serving as your headliners are The Black Keys, Alice In Chains, The Flaming Lips and The Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Deftones, Patti Smith, Gary Clark Jr., The Joy Formidable, Heartless Bastards, AWOLNATION, Cracker and The Wallflowers round out the list of acts this writer would want to check out. Other acts you may be into: Phoenix, Bassnector, Sheryl Crow, Lucero, Hall & Oates, The Roots and Public Enemy to name a few. The full list of acts are below, and for tickets (which are very reasonably priced compared to other festivals across the country) and other information head to the festival’s Official Website By Clicking Here.


Beale Street Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

The Black Keys

Alice in Chains


Daryl Hall & John Oates

Flaming Lips

The Smashing Pumpkins

ZZ Top

The Black Crowes

The Roots

Sheryl Crow

Gary Clark Jr.
Dwight Yoakam

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Public Enemy

Three Days Grace
Gavin Degraw

The Wallflowers

Big Boi


Jerry Lee Lewis

Patti Smith

Porter Robinson

Mavis Staples


Papa Roach


Gov’t Mule

The Joy Formidable



Yngwie Malmsteen

Charles Bradley

Al Kapone

Deer Tick

Vintage Trouble

Jake Bugg

Coco Montoya

Louise Hoffsten

Davy Knowles

Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers
Shannon McNally


Zac Harmon

The Slide Brothers

Star and Micey

Ronnie Baker Brooks

River City Tanlines

Heritage Blues Orchestra

James SuperChikan Johnson

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Will Tucker

Don Trip

Heartless Bastards
Kenny Brown

Brandon Bailey

Marcus James & Kinney Kimbrough

Matt Isbell

Barbara Blue
Kingston Springs

Brad Webb

Blind Mississippi Morris

Fuzzy Jeffries & the Kings of Memphis



Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Expands To Two Days In 2013

Rockville 2013

Meanwhile in Jacksonville, the third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Festival is expanding to a two day event down in Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 27th and 28th. Stop me if you’ve heard these names before in the the minor festival circuit this year. Day One gets you Alice In Chains headlining ahead of Limp Bizkit, Stone Sour, Popa Roach and Bullet for My Valentine along with Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Escape The Fate and more. Day Two you get your Freebird on with what’s left of Lynard Skynyrd, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Buckcherry and more. Look how far down Filter is on that lineup. You don’t think they’re better than freaking Steel Panther for fucks sake? Because this guy sure does. Anyway, you know what part comes now: Any additional information needed head over to the festival’s Official Website Here.

Welcome To Rockville 2013 Lineup:

Alice In Chains

Limp Bizkit

Stone Sour

Three Days Grace

Papa Roach

Bullet For My Valentine


Asking Alexandria

All That Remains

In This Moment

Escape The Fate

Pop Evil


Young Guns

Gemini Syndrome

—–Day Two—-

Lynard Skynyrd

3 Doors Down



Hollywood Undead


Steel Panther



Motionless In White

Saving Abel

Thousand Foot Krutch



Girl On Fire


Rocklahoma 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

2013_banner Rocklahoma

Another good day for festivals as Rocklahoma 2013 has announced it’s lineup. Alice In Chains, “Guns N’ Roses” and Korn with the backwards “R” represent your headliners May 24th through the 26th if your the type of person to choose to hang in Oklahoma for 3 days. Other acts playing sets that don’t suck entirely: Cheap Trick, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach and Clutch. And stop me if you’ve heard these words before, but for more information check out the festival’s official website


Carolina Rebellion Festival brings Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Deftones And More

Carolina Rebellion Fest

Another day, another festival announcement. For the third time, the Carolina Rebellion Festival will serve as Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival around and May 4th & 5th it will return to  Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. The big names are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and the Deftones. Papa Roach, Bush, Rise Against and Bullet For My Valentine are other notables. For more information on tickets and all that jazz, head over to the official festival website. For a full list of announce acts, check below.

Caroline Rebellion Festival 2013:

Alice In Chains
Limp Bizkit
Rise Against
3 Doors Down
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Bullet For My Valentine
Asking Alexandria
All That Remains
Steel Panther
Device (with David Draiman)
Hollywood Undead
Sick Puppies
In This Moment
Escape The Fate
Pop Evil
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
American Fangs
Heaven’s Basement

Rock On The Range 2013 Features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains & Smashing Pumpkins


No matter what year it actually is right now, this Rock On The Range lineup for 2013 is indeed super awesome. Upon a Google search trying to see Soundgarden‘s set list from last night in New York City, we stumbled upon this line up of past, present and future heroes and wondered how exactly one would bring themselves to actually go to Ohio. Headliners include Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Some may say “What is it 1993 or something?”, but those people might not be aware that all three of those bands released new, critically acclaimed records in the past two years. Korn (can’t type the backwards R), Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Swedish Rockers Ghost, Middle Class Rut and Heavy Metal favorites Sevendust are among the notables.

It’s all going down May 17th through 19th at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. And tickets are on sale February 1st and you can head to the festival’s official website for more details on everything that is Rock On The Range. This one looks like a lot of fun. The full lineup as released so far is listed below.

Rock On The Range 2013 Line Up:

Alice In Chains
Smashing Pumpkins
Stone Sour
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Cheap Trick
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
A Day To Remember
Hollywood Undead
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
Steel Panther
Sick Puppies
Asking Alexandria
Pop Evil
In Flames
In This Moment
Black Veil Brides
The Sword
Motionless In White
Middle Class Rut
Big Wreck
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Thousand Foot Krutch
Mindset Evolution
Beware of Darkness
Heaven’s Basement
American Fangs
Love And Death
Gemini Syndrome

2012 UPROAR Festival Announces Dates and Artists

2012 UPROAR Festival Announces Dates and Artists

I have spent many nights in the city of Los Angeles with fellow music snobs making fun of ‘Red State Rock.’ You know the type of bands I am talking about, Shinedown and Godsmack and even Papa Roach.  There are nothing wrong with these bands, I would much rather put on a Staind record than a record by Lil Wayne. Yet you can’t help but notice how these acts can sell out massive basketball arenas in the heartland yet can’t sell 4000 tickets smack dab in the middle of Hollywood.

So it should be no surprise that the 2012 UPROAR Festival is not stopping in the great state of California. The trek (which could of course add a date here) is coming close with stops in Oregon and Arizona but zero dates for the Golden State. I am okay with this, and hopefully our friend Concertchk can catch this tour when it comes within a 300 mile radius of her home. Check out all the artists and dates for the trek down below:

Main Stage:




Papa Roach

Adelitas Way

Jagermeister/Ernie Ball Side Stages:




Redlight King

Mindset Evolution

In This Moment

Thousand Foot Crush

Candlelight Red


Friday, 8/17 Kansas City, MO Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone *
Saturday, 8/18 Little Rock, AR Arkansas State Fairgrounds (KDJE Radio Show) *
Sunday, 8/19 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre **
Tuesday, 8/21 Grand Rapids, MI Rock The Rapids (downtown)
main stage bands only
Wednesday, 8/22 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre *
Friday, 8/24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center *
Saturday, 8/25 Syracuse, NY TBA
Sunday, 8/26 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center *
Tuesday, 8/28 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain *
Wednesday, 8/29 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center **
Friday, 8/31 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion *
Saturday, 9/1 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
Sunday, 9/2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live *
Wednesday, 9/5 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park *
Friday, 9/7 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre ***
Saturday, 9/8 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center ****
Sunday, 9/9 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center ***
Tuesday, 9/11 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek ***
Wednesday, 9/12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood ***
Thursday, 9/13 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre ***
Saturday, 9/15 Houston, TX Woodlands Pavilion ****
Sunday, 9/16 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion ***
Tuesday, 9/18 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater *****
Wednesday, 9/19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre ***
Friday, 9/21 Spokane, WA Greyhound Park and Events Center ***
Saturday, 9/22 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre ***
Sunday, 9/23 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater ***
Tuesday, 9/25 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater ***
Saturday, 9/29 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion ****
Sunday, 9/30 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion ****

*Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
**Fozzy and Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
***In This Moment will not be performing at this show
****In This Moment and Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
*****Fozzy, Redlight King and In This Moment will not be performing at this show



Party Like It’s 1999 – Epicenter 2011 Moves to Orange County

Party Like It's 1999 - Epicenter 2011 Moves to Orange County

In 2009, an exciting and new rock festival hit Los Angeles County. It was called Epicenter, and with acts like Alice in Chains, Atmosphere and Tool rocking a packed Fairplex in Pomona, it was clear the festival had a bright future. In 2010, the festival moved out to San Bernardino County where upwards of 50,000 watched the festival take the next step as a two day festival featuring exciting performances by Eminem, Blink 182, Rise Against, Bad Religion and reunion performances from House of Pain and Bush.

So you ask what the next logical step for the Epicenter Festival is?!?!?!?! Apparently it is a step back to 1999. With it’s third county in three years (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Orange County) Epicenter returns looking for at least 16,000 folks still rocking backwards red baseball caps.

That’s right Epicenter 2011 will rock Irvine, CA on Sept 24, 2011. In addition to a headline performance by Limp Bizkit, the lineup includes Y2K favorites like Staind, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd and P.O.D. You can’t make this shit up people.

Who cares when tickets go on sale, unless you want to be up front our advice is to wait for Live Nation to have an “oh crap” fire sale sometime in August.




It’s Official: 2010 Epicenter Festival To Rock Autoclub Speedway

As we have reported here – the lineup for the 2010 Epicenter Festival will include Blink-182, Eminem, Kiss, Rise Against,  a reunited Bush (who also debuted a new song today, which you listen to at this location) and as we broke to the masses Suicidal Tendencies  .  

The full line up as of 06/21/10:

Saturday 9/25

Sunday 9/26

Ticket info is as follows:

General onsale at 10am on Saturday, June 26th.

  • 2-day pass: $149.50
  • Single day ticket: $79.50
  • VIP Ticket (2-day only): $395.00 (VIP tickets include the following: Exclusive Monster Energy platform access with shaded, lounge seating, VIP parking and VIP entrance to venue, access to VIP food concessions, upgraded bar services (beer, spirits & wine), DJ spinning all day long, elevated viewing platforms, upgraded restroom facilities, and more.)

Rumor has it you can get some kind of camping four pack for $999.99.  To be honest, for as much fan as I had at the 2009 version of this festival, I am not sure if I personally plan to head out.  On paper, Sunday looks better than Saturday, but Fontucky (as many call it) is a far way away from Los Angeles, and I don’t know if I could deal with 50,000 low IQ’d individuals watching music on a NASCAR track. 

Pointfest 26 – Live & Loud From St. Louis

Pointfest 29 – 06/06/10

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO

Videos by BeeZNutZ


While Reverend Justito rocked out at the KROQ Weenie Roast this past weekend – one of the first CC contributors – BeeZnutZ was at an equally impressive rock radio festival in St. Louis.  With performances from the likes of Papa Roach, Seether &  Coheed and Cambria – this was quite the event.  Check out these great videos shot by BeeZutZ this past weekend.  If this is not enough – feel free to check out our coverage of last year’s event.



My Concert Pics

It is no accident that i love taking pictures. in fact i graduated with a Graphics Arts Degree and worked in the advertising field for a time. though i make my living as a state employee my love for picture taking has never waivered. To “compose” a concert photograph and be given a few seconds to do it, is a challenge that i want in order to get that ultimate shot that is so rewarding. Now! i am not a professional photographer (i wish). i just have some knowledge and do have ideas as to what i want to capture. thank god for these digital cameras for they are so tiny but powerfull and that most venues and artists gave up the fight to banned them from concerts. Here are some of my faves.

Papa Roach N.Y.C. Anniversary Show 3/10/09

Papa Roach delivered the goods on this anniversary show,  the second of two

(california being the first show).  It was also guitarist JERRY HORTON’ s birthday,

though  the fans got all the presents in the form of 15 delectable papa songs.

the show started with Days of War/Change or Die from their forthcomming

METAMORPHOSIS and after that an-onslaght of classic,

great papa songs made their way. Getting away, …To be loved, Broken Home

and many more.  I was happy that they played Time is running out and

that Scars, a great song to begin with is getting better with every performance

by the band.

Papa Roach’s energy was amazing for this was a headlined show

amist their current role as oppeners for buckcherry and later nickelback.

Jacoby did his routine of going to the fans as close as possible. he went all

the way to the back rows of seats at The Blender at The Gramercy, sorry for the

actual venue name. some got a bit of Jacoby that night and everybody else

got a lot from the band.

i have seen Papa Roach twice before and have located myself in front of

jerry’ side of the stage that for this show i made a beeline to tobin’ side.

 i was  listening to tobin’s bass work all night. it was a pure joy.

no videos from this show but lot’s of great pics. enjoy.

Papa Roach 03/04/09: Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

Papa Roach w/ The DISOWNED 03/04/09

Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito



It was a warm spring night in Palo Alto California when Papa Roach and I decided to go our separate ways. The date was April 24, 2000 and as I exited The Edge Nightclub I knew in my heart the special thing we had was over. The next day, the band would release their major label debut Infest and tour the country with Taproot. Warped Tour would follow that summer and by then I knew it would be too late for the two of us. It was hard to let go, to say goodbye to something I loved so much. I felt it all, anger, jealousy, depression, happiness, but above all else I felt a sense of accomplishment knowing that my little band that I saw no less than 20 times between 1998 & 200 had made their dreams come true. For years, I lurked in the shadows and watched from a distance. The hits, the transformation from a funk/rap nu metal band to a red state rock band, the Pepsi commercials, the celebrity marriages and of course Jacoby “5 bucks what the F*ck” Shaddix hosting Scarred on MTV.

Walking into the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, I didn’t know what to expect. It had been 3236 days since I had last seen Papa Roach obliterate a club stage (heck any stage), but knowing that this small club show was to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their discovery at the West Hollywood musical landmark, the time was right to say hello again. I knew I would not be playing video games in the lobby with Jerry like we used to at the Phoenix in Petaluma. I knew Jacoby would not lick the foot of my pal to convince her to buy a $5 demo. But what I didn’t know is if I could capture the old magical feeling that sent my pals and me following the foursome all over Northern California weekend after weekend.

The night started with some terrible band called Bangkok Five. If Buckcherry is a bad rip off of Guns N’ Roses, then do we really need a band who is a bad rip off of Buckcherry? Not at all, which is why I sat in the bar with my wife drinking the devils juice as poured by a VERY pregnant bartender (who we made sure to tip well). I did make sure to catch the opening set by Los Angeles power trio the DISOWNED. Watch out for this band, they bring it and bring it well. The only song I can name from their power packed 30 minute set was a rowdy cover of “Holiday In The Sun” by The Sex Pistols. With additional gigs across the southland on the schedule, I hope to catch this band again in the near future. But enough with the openers, lets talk about the main reason I paid those crooks at Ticketmaster $30. 74 for a $17.99 ticket – Papa Roach!

As always, the band hit the stage like a fireworks factory that catches fire. For 70 minutes, the band played its greatest hits while giving the intimate crowd a sneak peak of their new record – Metamorphosis. Within minutes, it felt like the old days, as front man Jacoby Shaddix climbed the clubs scaffolding and hung from the lights as he screamed into his microphone. The only difference is that the songs I once loved such as “July” and “Tambienemy” are long gone, replaced by modern day hits such as “Getting Away With Murder” and “Time and Time Again”.

I hate that guy. You know, the guy who wears the t-shirt of the band he is about to see? Last night, I broke the rules and wore my long out of print Papa Roach T-shirt that infringes on the copyright of the bug spray known as Raid. Being an anniversary show, it just felt right and as Jacoby Shaddix pointed and smiled multiple times in my direction, it only felt right to make him crack a smile by screaming “Orange Drive Palms” at him in between songs. If this was to be an anniversary celebration, someone had to represent Nor-Cal and I was happy to be that person.

The hits kept rolling, with “Scars” becoming a group sing a long, and “Lifeline” giving the ADHD infused front man an opportunity to run upstairs to the clubs VIP balcony to finish up the last few minutes of the number. Another new hit – “Hollywood Wh0re” gave the front man a chance to talk trash about the likes of Paris Hilton, Ashley Simpson and of course Britney Spears. With a darker moodier tone, “Hollywood Wh0re” showcases what has always been Papa Roach’s strength – the ability to adapt and evolve as time goes on.

The biggest reactions from the crowd came when the band played songs off Infest. All these years later the band is still getting fans to chant “Dead Cell”. While “Broken Home” never really did much for me, hearing “Angels & Insects” (which I know the true meaning behind, but I’ll never tell) was by far the musical highlight for me. The place went nuts, but the true chaos came on the very last number – “Last Resort”. Pits swelled as the band played their first and biggest hit to date. It even felt like the old Cactus Club in San Jose for a minute as Jacoby dove head first into the crowd.

Papa Roach means more to me then I ever let on. I was there the night they all wore all black for the first time. I was there to here songs make their live debut, I watched as the band raised a bed sheet that read in red spray paint – VIVA LA CUCHARACHA. I lost my virginity in a Papa Roach hoodie, I have pre-digital camera photos of Jacoby on stage with his own roach hanging from his boxer shorts. While the song “Legacy” may be long retired, its lyrics are floating through my head this morning. “I was there from the start, and I’ll be here in the end”. 3236 days later, Papa Roach and I had the best ex-sex one can have. The meeting of two souls was still intimate, intense and personal with some amazing new tricks thrown in. I know they are no longer my band, my secret and I am fine with that. I am just thankful that on a spring night in March, I was able to pop in and say hello again after all these years.

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