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Papa Roach

When Papa Roach first attracted widespread public attention, on the strength of their thrice-platinum-selling sophomore album, ‘Infest’ (2000), they were handily lumped in with the then popular nu-metal scene. But the group has since transcended both that tag and the movement’s sell-by-date thanks to a slew of successful mainstream hard rock releases. Taking their name from lead singer Jacoby Shaddix’s grandfather, Howard ‘Papa’ Roatch, the band was formed in 1993 by Shaddix, drummer Dave Buckner and guitarist Jerry Horton, adding bassist Tobin Esperance in ’96, and proceeding to record a pair of EPs and 1997’s ‘Old Friends from Young Years’ full-length independently. The latter (as well as another pair of EPs) gradually helped spread word-of-mouth about the group until multi-media conglomerate DreamWorks came calling and the aforementioned ‘Infest’ produced the No. 1 Modern Rock smash, ‘Last Resort.’ In a matter of months, Papa Roach was performing on that summer’s Vans Warped Tour, then upped the ante in 2001 by appearing on the main stage of Ozzfest, before recording their third album, ‘lovehatetragedy’ in 2003. Along with its 2004 successor, ‘Getting Away with Murder’ the album found the band wisely tempering their use of rapping in exchange for more clean singing — a move that eased their transition away from nu-metal as the style fell out of favor. 2006’s ‘The Paramour Sessions’ confirmed that new musical direction and sold another two million copies, but marked the end of Papa Roach’s relationship with longtime drummer Dave Buckner, who entered rehab and was replaced by Unwritten Law’s Tony Palermo. And, by the release of 2009’s ‘Metamorphosis,’ Papa Roach had effectively repositioned themselves as a straight-up hard rock band — heading out on tour with new inspirational touchstones Motley Crue and Buckcherry and partying down with 2010’s ‘Time for Annihilation’ live LP. But the group reinstated some raps for 2012’s ‘The Connection’ (their seventh studio long-player) and promise to keep fans guessing with 2015’s impending ‘F.E.A.R.’

 
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Watch Papa Roach Perform With High School Marching Band at Rock on the Range

Papa Roach brought out a special local guest while performing 'Born for Greatness' at this year's Rock on the Range festival.

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Amy Harris for Loudwire
Amy Harris for Loudwire

Rock on the Range 2017: Korn, Papa Roach, Seether, Frank Carter + More Highlight Day 2 [Photos]

Check out our recap and exclusive photo gallery of Rock on the Range 2017 Day 2.

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Eleven Seven Music / Photo by Bryson Roatch
Eleven Seven Music / Photo by Bryson Roatch

Papa Roach Listening Party in New York City: Hear the New Album ‘Crooked Teeth’ + Meet the Band

Loudwire and Eleven Seven Music present a Papa Roach 'Crooked Teeth' listening party at New York City's Bowery Electric on May 17. Details inside.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Papa Roach Reject Status Quo With New Song ‘None of the Above’

Papa Roach offer a more political side with their new song 'None of the Above.'

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Eleven Seven Music / Photo by Bryson Roatch
Eleven Seven Music / Photo by Bryson Roatch

‘Papa Roach Day’ Set for May 3 in Band’s Hometown

Papa Roach are receiving quite the honor as the band was invited to a dedication ceremony in their honor in their hometown of Vacaville, California.

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YouTube

Papa Roach Soundtrack Bunny’s Bad Day in ‘Help’ Video

Watch Papa Roach invade a guy in a bunny suit's really bad day in the 'Help' video.

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Dreamworks
Dreamworks

17 Years Ago: Papa Roach Break Out With ‘Infest’

On April 25, 2000, Papa Roach made their breakthrough with the 'Infest' disc.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Papa Roach Talk Tainted ‘American Dreams’ in New Song

Papa Roach share a concerned view in their new song 'American Dreams.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Papa Roach Unleash Two New Songs, ‘Born For Greatness’ + ‘Periscope’

Papa Roach have released two new songs off the forthcoming 'Crooked Teeth' album, showcasing two very different sides of the band's sound.

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Micah Gummel / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Black Stone Cherry + Papa Roach Join Ozzy Osbourne and FFDP as Moonstock Festival Headliners

The headliners are all in place for this year's Moonstock festival with the full daily lineups freshly revealed!

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