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Megastars Papa Roach take our good-news profile feature.

Before headlining our gig of the month, Papa Roach bassist kindly took time to chat to On Stage.

Best news you’ve had today?

That the show tonight has sold out. Each time we come over here we keep stepping up to bigger venues, which gives us the chance to play to more and more people, so sold out is good news!

Best thing about touring the UK?

Other than just playing for the great UK fans…we get to speak English, which is nice haha! The best crowds are definitely over here, hands down.

Best thing about being in Papa Roach?

I get to be creative, I get to entertain, I get to travel the world and I get to live my dream.

Best song your band has written?

Last Resort was obviously a great song – I wouldn’t say it was the best one but, looking back on it, I can see why it was so popular. I think songs like March Out of the Darkness, State of Emergency, Carry Me, and Had Enough are the better written songs.

Best line you’ve ever written?

Some of the best lyrics Jacoby has written are on a song called Tightrope, and our hardcore fans will know the lyrics to that one.

Best thing about your fellow band members?

Jacoby, vocals, is one of the most energetic and charismatic frontmen that I’ve ever seen, and he just has that energy and that intensity and really connects with people. Tony, our drummer, him being the new guy he fell right in because he’s a character as well. He’s just very easy-going, he always has a smile on his face and he never brings you down – he’s never moody, grouchy or upset, he’s just a fun-loving guy and he brings quirkyness to the way he plays the drums. The best thing about Jerry, guitar, is that he’s the most responsible, level-headed, caring guy and you can always count on him for anything. We’re all loose cannons, but Jerry’s the on who is very straight-laced and always helps us with thinking about things and our focus.

Best gig you’ve ever played?

We played this really amazing festival in Amsterdam and it was a last-minute thing. It was probably about 4/5 years ago, and the Lostprophets had cancelled so we went and filled in. We showed up, saw what time we were on and realised we were going on at the same time as the White Stripes – they were pretty big at that point in time – so we thought no-one would watch us as no-one knew we were playing. But we showed up and the tent was completely packed and we ended up performing our best and just feeling this amazing energy with the crowd.

Best band you’ve ever shared a stage with?

Hands down, we did a tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Australia and New Zealand, and they schooled me every night on what it’s like to be a musician and what it’s like to put on a show.

Best gig you’ve ever seen as a fan?

Nine Inch Nails have got me pretty excited. I’ve seen them so many times, but I think their best was during the Fragile tour.

Best band ever?

Oh man…it’s got to be between the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, but they’re neck and neck I’d say.

Best album ever?

The first record I ever got was Thriller and I can understand why it’s the biggest-selling album of all time, but for me one of the best records for thinking it amazing from beginning to end was The Shape of Punk to Come by The Refused.

Best song ever?

Fuck, that’s a tough question…What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, just because every time I listen to it, it puts me in a good mood.

Best bassist ever?

James Jamerson.

Best movie ever?

I really enjoyed Pulp Fiction.

Best ice cream flavour?

Pralines and cream.

Best pizza topping?

Definitely pepperoni.

Best day of your life?

Wow! Oh man! I can’t think. I just try to make every day better, haha!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I think I learned this one a little bit to late, but it was…the fucking you get, ‘aint worth the fucking you’ll get.

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L-R: Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Tony Palermo (drums), Tobin Esperance (bass), Jerry Horton (guitar).

Photography: Dave Musson Photography

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