Posted on Monday 29th April 2019 at 11:53
REVIEW: Papa Roach at Rock City (29/04/19) by Bridget O'Hara
When Papa Roach finally took to the stage, the room was already electric, the chants for the band were deafening and as the lights went down, the band walked on stage to a hero’s welcome having not graced Rock City’s great venue for over 12 months.
From the time the band opened with their greatest hit ‘Last Resort’ the entire hall erupted, and things didn’t slow down right up until the last song ‘Born To Greatness’. The energy from the crowd and band only seemed to increase and what resulted was a collective and beautiful celebration of rock music.
As frontman Jacoby Shaddix effortlessly orchestrated the sold-out crowd, in between stage dives, heartfelt declarations of gratitude and sheer claims of the night being the best of the UK tour yet, the band danced between hits expanding over their 20 year back catalogue. These included favourites like ‘Scars’, ‘Infest’ as well as delivering the new songs ‘Renegade Music’ and ‘Elevate’ with just as much passion and determination as if they were playing them for the very first time. Nottingham’s Rock City once again lived up to its title trophy of being one of the best live UK venues and despite Jacoby regularly speaking to the eager audience, the band still managed to squeeze in 18 tracks during their 1.5-hour set.
To say this all took place on a Sunday night and judging the high spirits from a mainly adult crowd, I am sure there will be a few sore heads the morning after.