Papa-Roach

Nu-metallers Papa Roach were greeted onto the stage by a chanting crowd of all generations. Throughout their long career they’ve sold millions of albums, despite being from such a niche genre. They played a mix of old and new songs through the entire catalogue, opening with the title track from their new album F.E.A.R (Face Everything And Rise) prompting headbanging and the lyrics being screamed from lead singer Jacoby Shaddix, with him motioning for everybody to “get the fuck up” multiple times.

Shaddix sings with deafening conviction throughout the hour and a half set, playing classics such as ‘Getting Away With Murder’ and ‘Harder Than a Coffin Nail’, which every single fan, young or old, knew the words to. Whilst playing ‘Kick in the Teeth’ there was an intense and very welcomed guitar solo, breaking up all of the shouting from Shaddix. Only a couple of guitar solos were played, which is a shame as they were the best parts of the night without a doubt. ‘Broken as Me’ was another of their new songs, received well by the audience – which is important if they’re a band that have making music for well over 10 years.

Their success and hard work over the last decade has definitely paid off, as the last few songs of the show were new tracks, and were played and received as if they were about to be released in their Greatest Hits album. ‘…To Be Loved’ was the final song of the night, a song that had a personal connection to most of the audience, being shown by them chanting back the chorus lyrics to Shaddix and him encouraging them to sing on without him, showing their love and dedication to touring and their audience. That encore helped bring the show back down to earth and secure a new generation of fans, as well as please the old ones that have been around for years.

Amy Jones

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