Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix on his favorite sports teams & staying healthy on tour
Papa Roach has been one of the top leaders in alternative rock for nearly 20 years and continues to impact that space with the recent release of its 10th studio album, Who Do You Trust? The two-time GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 20 million records worldwide, having gained over two billion streams (and counting) to date with charted with 17 Top 5 Billboard hit singles to its credit.
Currently the quartet is touring the U.K., while this summer Papa Roach will be hitting the road in support of Who Do You Trust? alongside Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves. Produced by Live Nation, the 12-city U.S. summer tour will kick off July 27 in Dallas, Texas. For a limited time, discounted $20 tickets will be available via Live Nation, thanks to National Concert Week; the event runs from May 1st to 7th.
While interviewing Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix by phone, I snuck in a question about his favorite sports teams. The group -- which also includes guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo -- unsurprisingly stays loyal to its California roots, as explained by Shaddix.
The full interview will be broadcast in the near-future via the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast, while more information on Papa Roach and National Concert Week can be found online at www.paparoach.com.
Papa Roach is one of those bands where people really know the songs but they don't necessarily know about a ton about you guys personally. I'm curious if there's something that you wish more people knew about you specifically.
Jacoby Shaddix: No. They know enough.
Well for example, are you a big sports fan? Or are there any teams that you follow or anything like that?
Jacoby Shaddix: I do love the San Francisco 49ers. Big fan. I also love the Sacramento Kings basketball team. Those are my two favorite sports teams.
I know that you grew up in California. Have you lived in California your whole life?
Jacoby Shaddix: Yeah man. Grew up a California kid and just got a lot of love for the state, love for the people, adopted the culture and it's just got so many things to offer. It's just such a peaceful place, period. You've got the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you've got beautiful rivers, great camping, you've got beautiful beaches, you've got the desert. Landscape-wise so many things to be offered, and then on top of that just a lot of different elements of culture exist in California that are so influential to the entire world. What an interesting place.
You're still at this high level commercially all these years later, but you're also in great shape and you're singing as great as ever. I'm curious if there is a routine behind that whole thing for your maintenance.
Jacoby Shaddix: You're saying all these nice things to me, s**t. Thank you... (laughs)
There was definitely a moment where I kind of got caught up in the luxuriousness of the lifestyle and got really unhealthy and destroyed my vocal cords and had to get surgeries. I've definitely learned from my mistakes. For me as I get older, I guess, taking a look at how I treat myself and how to treat my body and how I treat the people around me, how I treat my spirit, how I treat my soul, how to treat my loved ones, how I treat the band, how we treat the fans... I think it's all just a growing, living experience.
Beyond that I think we are a purpose-driven band that writes purpose-driven music. I think that the fans really connect with that. I want to be around here for a long time. I see that The Rolling Stones out there killing it. They're just these old codgers that just go on-stage and tear it up. That's inspiring to me. And so I definitely see a future for P-Roach still. There's still things that we have to prove to ourselves in particular and there's still goals we would like to achieve.