Papa Roach Ready To Rock 'Anger Management'

As Papa Roach looks forward to Thursday's (July 18) kickoff of the Anger Management tour with Eminem, Ludacris, D12, and Xzibit in Buffalo, N.Y., the hard rock act can't help but think back to last su

As Papa Roach looks forward to Thursday's (July 18) kickoff of the Anger Management tour with Eminem, Ludacris, D12, and Xzibit in Buffalo, N.Y., the hard rock act can't help but think back to last summer's Ozzfest trek, from which the somewhat negative experience of lackadaisical crowds helped inspire the new "lovehatetragedy" (DreamWorks).

"We were glad to be on it but sometimes 40 minutes was too long," guitarist Jerry Horton tells Billboard.com. "Mainly because amphitheaters are really not good for a rock show, so seats up front were older people just sitting there waiting for Ozzy [Osbourne], looking at you like you're an idiot. It didn't give you a really warm feeling on the inside. If nothing else, it kind of gave us that negative energy so that we could channel it into positive energy and write songs."

When not on the main stage, the band could be found in the recording studio set up in the back of its tour bus. When the tour ended, the quartet went into pre-production for "lovehatetragedy" with 26 ideas ready. Now armed with the album, the follow-up to the multi-platinum 2000 debut "Infest," Papa Roach finds itself touring once again with Eminem. But unlike in 2000, when the group was a supporting act on the first Anger Management run, Papa Roach is co-headlining with Slim Shady.

While the band pondered its own headlining tour, Horton cites Papa Roach's disastrous pre-Ozzfest Raid The Nation tour last spring as a lesson learned. With so many package tours forcing fans to spend their concert dollars wisely, interest in a solo Papa Roach date waned because people knew the group would be back in the area with Ozzfest that summer. However, Papa Roach has just confirmed headlining fall dates in Japan and Europe and will hit the States early next year.

And yes, the group will be travelling once again with its bus studio, hoping to add to the five already completed songs slated for its next studio album. In the meantime, Papa Roach is focused on the chaos and intensity of the Anger Management tour.

Says Horton, "It's going to be a good show. I really think there's not just going to be hip-hoppers at the show. And we're the only full rock band so we're going to kind of stick out, so it's going to be cool. We have pretty much the same set time [40 minutes] but 60% of the tour is going to be in arenas and it's going to be young kids, not older people, in the front. It's going to be a lot more fun."
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