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Papa Roach

Papa Roach photo 2009
(L-R) Tobin Esperance, Jacoby Shaddix, Tony Palermo and Jerry Horton

Papa Roach Biography

Alternative-Metal band formed in Vacaville, California USA, in 1993 while vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, bassist Will James and drummer Ryan Brown were still in high school, with guitar player Jerry Horton joining shortly afterwards.

They immediately began recording material, playing gigs around the Bay Area including opening for Deftones. After the relese, in 1994, of the self-financed debut EP, "Potatoes For Christmas", Dave Buckner joined as a permanet drummer and two years later James was replaced by bass player Tobin Esperance.

The group's indie-full-length album, "Old Friends From Young Years", which arrived in 1997 was a local hit and led to support slots for bands such as Incubus and Powerman 5000 which helped introduce Papa Roach to a wider audience.
During 1999, they recorded another independent EP, "Let 'Em Know" and inked a deal with DreamWorks who released, a year later, their long awaited major debut album, "Infest"; the record shot to #5 on both Billboard Top 200 and Canadian Albums charts spawning three Modern Rock smash singles including the #1 "Last Resort", the top 10 hit "Broken Home" and "Between Angels And Insects", which drives the album into triple-platinum sales figures.

In the summer of 2002 the group issued their third album, "Lovehatetragedy", which rose to #2 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, to #3 in U.K. and to #5 in Canada; it included "She Loves Me Not", the single climbed high on the Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock charts, peaking at #5 and #3, respectively; the second single cut, "Time And Time Again", entered the top 30 of the Active Rock chart.

Papa Roach returned in August 2004 with "Getting Away With Murder", the album debuted at #17 on the U.S. Top 200 chart while two singles, the title-track and "Scars", smashed into the top 5 on both the Billboard's Modern and Active Rock airplay charts with the latter also reaching #15 on The Billboard Hot 100. "Take Me", which fell just shy of reaching the Mainstream Rock Tracks top 10, was the final single pulled from the album.

Two years later, the Northern Californian alt-Metal outfit re-emerged with a new album titled "The Paramour Sessions" which quickly catapulted into the top 20 of The Billboard 200. It spawned three massive smash Rock radio hits: "...To Be Loved" peaked at #8 on The Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, "Forever" soared to the #2 spots on both the Hot Modern and Mainstream Rock charts and "Time Is Running Out" broke into the top 20 on the same charts. The final single, "Reckless", was another Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 hit for the group.

In January 2008, after 15 years with the original line-up in place, Dave Buckner parted ways with the band; Papa Roach then began employing Tony Palermo, drummer of San Diego group Unwritten Law and in March 2009 they churned out "Metamorphosis"; two singles, "Hollywood Whore" and "Lifeline" hit radio in advance of the album's release, the second of which debuted at #1 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart and ascended into the top 3 of The Hot Modern Rock Tracks. "Metamorphosis" spent the better part of the year on The Billboard 200 Albums chart peaking at #8 while another track, "I Almost Told You That I Loved You", hit the Active Rock top 20 and the final single, "Had Enough", topped out at #40 on the same chart.

Parting ways from Geffen, the label responded with a hits compilation that the band did not endorse, Papa Roach opted to release an hybrid album which consisted of a mix of new studio and live tracks: "Time For Annihilation: On The Record And On The Road"; the set debuted at #23 on The Billboard 200 upon its August 2010 release and its main single, "Kick In The Teeth", quickly bulleted into the Billboard's Alternative Songs top 20 and hit #6 on The Rock Songs chart. The second single, "Burn", also ascended into the top 20 of The Alternative Songs list and into the top 10 of The Rock Songs chart. Finally, the third single, "No Matter What", went a bit beyond the Rock Songs top 30.

October 2012 saw Papa Roach release its seventh studio record, "The Connection". Led by the Active Rock top 3 smash "Still Swingin", the album climbed to #17 on The Billboard 200.


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    Group shot 2004
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    Papa Roach line-up 2006