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Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest (2000). The group’s success continued with their gold album Lovehatetragedy (2002), their platinum album Getting Away with Murder (2004), The Paramour Sessions (2006), Metamorphosis (2009), Time for Annihilation (2010), The Connection (2012), and F.E.A.R. (2015). Papa Roach has sold more than 20 million album copies worldwide and are known for their songs “Last Resort”, “Between Angels and Insects”, “She Loves Me Not”, “Getting Away with Murder”, “Scars”, “Lifeline” and “Face Everything and Rise”.

Papa Roach’s formation began in January 1993, when lead singer Jacoby Shaddix and drummer Dave Buckner met on the Vacaville High School football field. They were later joined by lead guitarist Jerry Horton from nearby Vanden High School, trombonist Ben Luther and bassist Will James.[1] They decided to enter the school’s talent show, performing a version of Jimi Hendrix‘s song “Fire“. They ultimately ended up losing the talent show. In March 1993, Ben Luther left the band. At this point, Papa Roach was practicing every day and touring, playing every gig they could get. Their first tour van was called Moby Dick, where Shaddix was inspired to come up with his first stage name “Coby Dick”. The band chose the name Papa Roach from the nickname of Shaddix’s step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch.[2] In 1994, Papa Roach released their first EP titled Potatoes for Christmas. Drummer Dave Buckner was temporarily replaced by Ryan Brown, as Buckner was spending the year in Seattle studying art. In 1995, they released a demo at Sound Farm Studios titled Caca Bonita. By this time Buckner was back. In 1996, they replaced original bassist Will James with longtime roadie Tobin Esperance, as James’ involvement in a church summer camp would limit the band’s summer practicing and touring.

In late 2003, Papa Roach wrote and recorded their third album with the working title Dancing In the Ashes, but released as Getting Away with Murder.[18] The band worked with well-recognized producer Howard Benson.[18] After completion, the band filmed a music video for the title track, “Getting Away with Murder“, and went on a small summer club tour to warm-up for the tours that would follow.[19] The album introduced a different approach for the band, becoming their first album not to feature the nu metal style of their previous albums.[20] It was also the band’s first album not to feature rapping.[20]Getting Away with Murder outsold Lovehatetragedy, mainly due to the popularity of the album’s second single, “Scars“. To date, the album has sold over one million copies and has been certified Platinum. On November 9, 2004, the band released their fifth EP, Rolling Stone Original, an EP only available digitally.[21] On November 22, 2005 they released their first live album, Papa Roach: Live & Murderous in Chicago.[22]

The band started touring in support of the album in August 2006, with an American tour followed by another in Europe. In October 2006, Papa Roach toured with bands such as Guns N’ Roses, during their Chinese Democracy tour, and Deftones throughout the United States, having major success. They were also the special guest band during the Zippo Hot Tour with Hed PE and Stealing December.

On October 10, 2006 a String Quartet tribute album entitled Perfect Murder: Strung Out on Papa Roach was released by Vitamin Records.[26]

The band originally planned to release a compilation of acoustic recordings for their songs, such as “Forever”, “Scars“, and “Not Coming Home”, which was recorded for KROQ-FM‘s charity Christmas album, Kevin and Bean’s Super Christmas. The acoustic compilation was later shelved. In an interview with, Shaddix stated that he didn’t think fans were ready for an acoustic direction from the band.[27]

On April 25, 2007, it was announced that drummer Dave Buckner would be sitting out the band’s touring schedule due to personal matters. He was expected to rejoin the group shortly afterwards. Shaddix later confirmed in an interview with Launch Radio Networks that Dave had entered rehab to “go clean his act up ’cause he was out of his mind.” Unwritten Law drummer Tony Palermo filled in on drums.[28]

In the summer of 2007 the band went on the Bad Boys of Rock tour, supporting Hinder. During the tour frontman Shaddix and Hinder lead singer Austin John created a very tight friendship, causing the band to tour with Hinder on multiple tours in later years. It was revealed in 2015 that Shaddix and Austin wrote and recorded a song together for a part of Austin John‘s solo project, although the two said they were not for sure if the song would ever see the light of day.[29]

On January 28, 2008 Shaddix announced on Papa Roach’s MySpace that Buckner would officially be parting ways with Papa Roach for good. He stated that Dave was still trying to get his life back together. Shaddix also mentioned that the band would be going back to the Paramour Mansion to begin work on their fifth studio album.

On July 17, the band released their sixth EP, Live Session (iTunes Exclusive). On July 24, they released their seventh EP, Hit 3 Pack: Forever. Both EPs are available exclusively through iTunes.

In an interview in February 2008 with 99.7 The Blitz, Shaddix stated that the band was working on their next album, which was to be titled Days of War, Nights of Love. However, the album was renamed to Metamorphosis to mark the band’s tenth anniversary of signing with DreamWorks Records in 1999 and all of the changes the band had experienced in that time.

On April 15, Papa Roach announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe‘s Crüe Fest, along with BuckcherrySixx:A.M., and Trapt. The tour began on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida.[30] The release date for the album was confirmed as August 26 during Crüe Fest.

The band also went on tour with SeetherStaind, and Red later in the year. They changed the release date of Metamorphosis to March 24, 2009 during that tour.

On October 26, Papa Roach released the music video for the song, “Hollywood Whore“, which was released as an EP in Canada and as a digital single on October 28. The album’s first official single, “Lifeline“, was released on the band’s MySpace profile on January 9, 2009. The band also went on tour with BuckcherryAvenged Sevenfold, and Burn Halo in early 2009. The Crüe Fest DVD was released on March 24, the same day Metamorphosis was released. The second single, “I Almost Told You That I Loved You“, was released on June 1. On June 23, they released their ninth EP, Naked and Fearless: Acoustic EP. The EP is available through the Zune MarketplaceiTunes, and Rhapsody.

“Metamorphosis” made it to top 10 on the Billboard 100, reaching number 8, the band’s first top ten album since 2002.[31]

Papa Roach toured with Nickelback on their Dark Horse Tour through Live Nation outdoor amphitheater’s along with Hinder and Saving Abel in the summer, and ever Breaking Benjamin.

“Lifeline” was nominated for Fuse TV‘s Best Video of 2009 contest, beating Metallica‘s “All Nightmare Long“, Daughtry‘s “No Surprise“, Shinedown‘s “Sound of Madness“, and Paramore‘s “Ignorance“, before finishing 2nd to Britney Spears for her song “Circus” in the final round.

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