Papa Roach

Papa Roach Live at the Paramount NY

Review and Photos by Michael Zinn Photozinnthesis

I can remember hearing Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” around 2000 and thinking, OK, the crossover Metal/ Rap Genre has reached mainstream levels! The song is catchy and the production is well polished. It definitely put them on the map.

Fast forward 15 years, and only one member has changed in that time, The original drummer Dave Buckner left in 2007, (there were some member changes BEFORE “Last Resort” – but the core group that recorded their first mainstream hit is still basically intact)

I had never seen Papa Roach in their heyday, and had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to watch a group of guys, who were obviously still passionately rocking the stage and feeding off the energy of their fans. Jacob Shaddix is like a tasmanian devil onstage, almost impossible to focus on as a photographer and impossible NOT to as an audience member. He is the kind of front man that can keep the energy up and the dynamic between band and audience exactly where you want it.

There was plenty of interaction between Jacoby and the fans as he seemed to easily conquer the Paramount Theaters great layout, where there really is no “bad” seat.

At one or two points, I could see the crowd lit up and a sea of fists in the air, which I’m sure, is gratifying to any front-man. He is definitely one energetic guy

Though the show was in support of the new album F.E.A.R (Face Everything And Rise) the band played a great mix of all of their familiar hits like “Broken Home” and “Scars” (which in my opinion, reminds me of when all of the hair bands suddenly were writing ballads – but I guess that’s what the music INDUSTRY is famous for). Interestingly, the new single “Gravity” brings back some of Papa Roach’s original Hip Hop influence while keeping it fresh and radio friendly. Of course the band’s signature song “Last Resort” probably triggered the biggest response with the audience singing along loudly exactly just as you’d expect.

If you are not familiar with their music, get out from under that rock… Papa Roach is a great band for fans of heavier alt rock bands like AlterBridge, Stone Sour and some of the older crossover bands like Linkin Park and Rage Against the Machine.

It’s great to see this band maintain their steam on tour, I have seen many bands that just look tired and go through the motions, but Papa Roach has tapped into their joy of playing music. And it shows.

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