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Papa Roach, Seether enjoying "friends" tour
What brought Papa Roach and Seether together as the first big rock 'n' roll double bill of 2015.?
"It's fun to tour with friends," explains Seether bassist Dale Stewart.
The two group are starting the year with a hard rock bang, having kicked off their month-long co-headlining tour on Jan. 9 in Orlando, Fla. Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix calls it "a bit night of rock 'n' roll, I mean straight-up," and there's a familiarity that runs even deeper than a litany of hits that includes his band's "Last Resort," "Scars," "Forever" and Lifeline" and Seether's "Broken," "Remedy," "Fake It" and "Country Song."
"It's (expletive) great so far," says Shaddix, 38. "Papa Roach and Seether, we've been on the scene for years together, side by side. We've done a lot of shows together. I think for rock fans coming out, between our two bands it'll be like taking a ride on at least 10, 15 years of what we both bring to rock 'n' roll".
Stewart, 35, says his band didn't have to think too long when the tour was pitched last fall. "The opportunity came up to do this and we said, 'Hell yeah, let's do it. Let's have fun. Let's make some noise,' " he recalls. "I think our bands go really well together. I think we complement each other. I think it should be a good show."
Shaddix, however, is quick to note that "Seether's energy is totally different from ours, so fans come to get two totally different musical experiences. I think that's cool." Each of the groups, he adds, is hoping "to win over a few fans of each other's," explaining that, "Seether's got a bit more of that dark, introspective, brooding sound and P-Roach just comes and brings the fire and light to the stage. And it's good." But there's plenty of common ground, too, in the personal and angsty subject matter Shaddix and Seether's Shaun Morgan explore in their songs.
"It's kind of depressing stuff," Morgan, 36, says with a laugh. "I get the idea or impression they have dealt with some of the same type of things I have. Some of the stuff hits closer to home than we realize." Shaddix acknowledges that, "We definitely have that in common. It's just the musical palette in which we do so is totally different."
The tour also finds the two bands at different points of their latest campaigns. Seether's most recent album, "Isolate and Medicate," came out in July, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and spawning the singles "Words as Weapons" and "Same Damn Life." Morgan says the group, which formed during the late 90s in South America and emigrated to the U.S. in 2002, plans to be on the road through much of 2015, including its third Rise Against Fest to combat mental illness and suicide (with Papa Roach in the lineup) in May and another North American tour during the summer.
"The stuff is really fun to play," Morgan notes. "It's definitely more of a put your head down and rock out kind of thing when we play those (new songs). Sometimes you're like,. 'Oh, I wish that part was longer 'cause I really enjoy playing it live,' but other than that I'm really, really happy with everything."
Papa Roach, meanwhile, is readying for the Jan. 27 release of its eighth album, "F.E.A.R," which has already built a buzz via singles such as "Face Everything and Rise" and "Broken As Me." Shaddix says that the band "definitely stretch out and go deep" on the new set, and the quartet is having fun giving audiences on this tour a preview of what's coming.
"Yeah, we're gonna start adding more and more (songs) as the tour goes on, but it's cool to see people's reactions to the songs they haven't heard yet," he says. "So far the live reaction has been great, and it's just refreshing to play a few new songs on stage. I just can't wait 'til the record gets out there so we can really dig into it."
Papa Roach, Seether, Kyng and Islander
Friday, Jan. 23. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Tickets are $33-$45.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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