Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix is peering into the future, as bands like Metallica and the Foo Fighters become formal Rock royalty allowing a new breed of artists their time in the stadium spotlight.
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Caught somewhere in the not-too-distant future is a world that will see the career trajectories of bands like Metallica and other behemoths of the genre landing in their own special corners of music the same way predecessors like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have cemented their greatness.
Speaking with Iowa radio host Andy Hall, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach explained how we’re all "watching Metallica step into that Rolling Stones spot right now. And Foo Fighters are another one of those groups." He contends that Korn, Deftones, and his own band Papa Roach, "are like the next Metallicas... That’s it. We’re stepping into that spot now." Shaddix adds, "it just comes to, I guess, being able to survive the treachery of this rock and roll life. And if you can do that and still continue to create good art and good music, then we can get into that space.”
Looking back on his three-decade journey with Papa Roach, Jacoby admits, “When we first formed [the band] back in 1993, we were like, ‘We wanna do this 'til we’re just old friends from young years.'"
"Here we are in 2023, 20-some-odd years later from first breaking onto the scene in the major-label game and still killing it in the game, still making music that’s resonating and connecting," Shaddix says. "I couldn’t ask for anything more, and it makes me grateful that I’m taking care of myself too. So, it’s like, I can do this for some more years and I’m not just on my last legs.”
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