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Papa Roach – Troubadour – Los Angeles – 3/4/09 – Concert Review

9 March 2009 8 Comments

By: Darius

Papa Roach - 2009

Papa Roach - 2009

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of their major label signing, Papa Roach booked a pair of intimate, bi-coastal shows while in the middle of their current arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry. The first was in Los Angeles’ legendary Troubadour (capacity 450) on March 4, 2009, while the next will be at New York City’s Blender Theater (capacity 600) on March 10. Papa Roach typically sells out venues at the large club/ballroom level, so these shows were meant to be a special affair, and the ticket prices were kept low (in the $20 range) for the fans.

Let me just say that I am not the biggest Papa Roach fan in the world; I don’t own a single album and I have exactly two of their songs (“Between Angels and Insects” and “She Loves Me Not”) on my iPod. But I will fully admit that these guys kill it live, every time. In the last ten years, I have seen Papa Roach live 3 times and it’s been a pleasure to watch them mature as a band and become a hard rock mainstay. The band has released a string of records that have sold very well, a slew of hard rock singles that have been able to break at mainstream terrestrial radio, and have attracted a growing fan base that extends far beyond the typical Ozzfest crowd that they were originally catered to.

I was in attendance at the Troubadour and walked away completely satisfied with the performance. The band opened with a new unreleased song, and Shaddix was climbing a scaffold on stage right with microphone in hand, singing the entire time. He was all over the venue really; at one point he ran up into the small balcony and was screaming down onto the audience. It was a no frills show, they just went out their and killed it. No b*llshit. Very little banter all around; Shaddix just thanked the crowd for being there and seemed genuinely happy to still be a relevant fixture in rock music when most of his peers from their early days are toiling in obscurity or out of the scene altogether.

All the hits were played and the crowd response was tremendous. Very little introduction was needed for each song since most the audience were die hard fans. “Dead Cell” got the hugest reaction as the entire floor opened into a mosh pit while the band thrashed on stage.

Besides the opening number, Papa Roach played “Hollywood Whore” and “Lifeline” off their upcoming record, Metamorphosis. I must say, based on these two singles, Metamorphosis could be huge for this band. The album drops March 24, and the excitement for the record is enormous, primarily due to the strength of these two singles. “Lifeline” is especially tracking well; it is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock songs charts. The song has all the ingredients needed for a hugely successful rock single: it has a sick hook that sticks with you and an anthemic sing-a-long chorus that audiences drool over. It’s probably too early to tell, but I think “Lifeline” will be their biggest hit since any of the singles off of Infest or even “Scars” off of 2004’s Getting Away with Murder.

After closing the show with their breakout hit “Last Resort” the band skipped the usual rock guy posturing and simply walked offstage. I figured that they would hang around a bit, considering this was their special moment but I was wrong. They just wanted to go out there and take care of business.

Look, say what you will about Papa Roach. Sure, they have some annoying songs that are endlessly played on radio, they wear guy-liner and phony tough guy vests, but at the end of the day, they still go out on stage and put on a great performance. As the Troubadour show proved to me, they have matured from the snotty rap metal tough guys to the solid rock act that can deliver from the smallest of dive bars to the largest of arenas.

Lifeline, live, at The Troubadour – Video Below

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8 Comments »

  • Vinny said:

    Right on Darius. I can totally see this single being huge, but Hollywood Whore is a little much if you ask me. Too much time on the road with Buckcherry can do that to a band.

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  • Dennis G said:

    I wish I was there. I’ll be there tomorrow at Blender. Stoked! P-Roach is SICCCCCCCCCCK live!

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  • Despr9 said:

    THE – BEST – LIVE – BAND! Long Live Papa Poach!

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  • Despr9 said:

    I hope they play Never Enough tomorrow.

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  • StrmChsr said:

    Dude, they are gonna kill it tonite. I’ve been pumped since reading this review. DEAD CELL, ANGELS AND INSECTS – can’t wait!

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  • Carla said:

    What did they open with? They opened with something I’ve never heard at the NYC show.

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  • Despr9 said:

    This band is pretty sick.

    I never heard of them before.

    Then again I might be one of those mallrats he was be sarcastic about.

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  • StrmChsr said:

    Nice show. Glass is tolerable. Why is Andrew always sick?

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