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Interview:
Papa Roach, Jet Team For Unlikely Tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Papa Roach and Jet are strange bedfellows for a concert tour. Though it’s certainly diversified over the years, the former is still best-known for hard-hitting radio hits such as “Last Resort” and “Forever.” Jet, meanwhile, has played to more of an alternative rock crowd with its own hits like “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and “Cold Hard Bitch.”

The match was made by the management company that handles both groups, but the musicians feel the differences work in the tour’s favor.

“I think that in some people’s minds, maybe it doesn’t seem like it would work,” acknowledges Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton. “But we’ve been on a pretty wide range of tours the last yearand-a-half,” including packages headlined by Mötley Crüe and Nickelback as the group has promoted its sixth album, “Metamorphosis.”

“I’m actually looking forward to it,” Horton adds. “I’ve been on our (online) community, and there’s a lot of people looking forward to it and excited about this, too.”

Jet frontman Nic Cester, meanwhile, says he’s “not heard a single Papa Roach song.” But in promoting the band’s new “Shaka Rock” after experiencing a sophomore sales slump for 2006’s “Shine On,” he and his bandmates are “trying to be open-minded to trying something different.”

“I guess we’ve toured the States so many times, we didn’t want to just go and preach to the converted again,” says Cester. “We’ve played so many shows, of all different shapes and sizes, our fan base is already pretty interesting. We’ve got the ability to cross quite comfortably into all sorts of different crowds.

“I guess we’ll just play it a little light on the ballads this time,” he adds with a laugh.

Jet is at the beginning of touring for “Shaka Rock,” while Papa Roach is planning to follow this package with its own headlining dates in 2010. Horton says the group isn’t thinking about a new album yet but is considering doing some more acoustic recording after the group’s wellreceived “The Naked and the Fearless” three-song EP it released via iTunes.

“All I really care about when I’m on tour is I don’t want to be on tour with a bunch of (jerks),” Jet’s Cester notes. “That’s the most important thing to me. If I’m gonna be on tour for awhile with a bunch of guys, I want to be able to have a beer with them at the end of the night. That’s my priority.”



Papa Roach, Jet, Kill Hannah and Aranda perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 1) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $25 and $35 with a $75 balcony four-pack. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenaton.com

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