While they may not be selling millions of albums as they did early in their career, Papa Roach are thriving on the road. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix says that in Europe and South America the band has been playing some of the biggest shows of its career, including the Altavoz Festival in Colombia last November, performing with co-headliners The Adicts in front of 50,000 passionate fans.
"It was a fucking night to be remembered," attests Shaddix. "We had some great moments early on [in our career] and we've had some struggle mixed in, but at this point we're back at that place where we're now doing the smaller arenas again. This deep into a career, we're looking at the front row and it's young faces. We show up to town and there's people camping out in front of the venue. That's a good sign for a solid future for Papa Roach, you know? And streaming has opened us up to a newer, broader, younger fan base – 30 percent of our fans are 25 years and younger. That's cool."
The raucous quartet – Shaddix, bassist Tobin Esperance, guitarist Jerry Horton, and drummer Tony Palermo – is gearing up for the month-long first leg of their North American arena tour with Shinedown and Asking Alexandria, which kicks off Feb. 20 in Estero, Florida. Now mostly in their forties, the P-Roach rockers still deliver an energetic show to rival groups half their age. And their last album Crooked Teeth rejuvenated their commercial prospects via songs such as "Help" and "Born For Greatness," with the latter topping Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart and serving as the theme for WWE Payback and Raw. Released Friday (Jan. 18) via Eleven Seven Music, their tenth and newest album Who Do You Trust? continues in the same eclectic vein.