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Papa Roach at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The 20th anniversary of Papa Roach's breakthrough album, 2000's "Infest," is looming. But the heavy rock troupe from California fortunately has more to talk about than that.

There are eight additional albums for instance, with rock radio hits such as "Scars," "Forever," "Lifeline," "Getting Away with Murder" and "She Loves Me Not." And there's this year's "Who Do you Trust?," a kind of surprise project that's one of the most diverse albums the group has ever recorded.

Papa Roach is, in fact, standing the proverbial test of time, and it has not come close to the point of, er, "Last Resort" just yet...

"Who Do You Trust?," which came out during January, was born after Papa Roach's planned tour with Of Mice & Men last year was called off due to that band's health reasons. "We were just like, 'Let's go in and have fun and make noise and see what comes of it' -- no pressure," frontman Jacoby Shaddix, 43, says by phone. "Some great stuff came from those sessions, and it was like, 'Dude, we got the ball rolling right now. The creative juices are flowing. Let's take advantage of it.' Being able to approach a writing sessions like that, it was healthy for the band. Overthinking things can stifle your progress."

And there may be more where the album came from, according to Shaddix. "I've actually gone back through and listened to some of the pieces that just didn't make it on the record, and there's tuff in there I think I can go back to in the future and put some work into. There's some music sitting there waiting to be finished, and then there's some music sitting there that will never be finished."

Papa Roach has more touring on the horizon, internationally, for 2020, but the group is also working on plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Infest" and its triple-platinum success. "It's rewarding to look back at a cult classic, best-seller type of record we have in our arsenal that we can always go back to and perform songs off of and they ignite the audience, young and old. It's cool because it still connects -- even some of the lyrics, man, a song like 'Infest' -- '@hat is wrong with the world today/Government, media or your family...' could I have written a lyric 20 years ago that means more than anything ever right now? It's awesome."

Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoennherr Road, Sterling Heights. $29.50 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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