According to The Pulse Of Radio, PAPA ROACH got a scare last month when frontman Jacoby Shaddix developed some vocal issues that needed to be addressed before hitting the road with the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour. Shaddix gave Loudwire an update on his condition, saying, "I think I'll be all right. I've got a speech and vocal therapist at the current time to learn how to sing through this and work through this and take care of myself. Really it's just a matter of having a little bit more discipline than I'm used to, you know, as far as vocal rest and warm ups and cool downs and all that kind of stuff."
GODSMACK was forced to cancel a European tour because of singer Sully Erna needing to rest his voice. Shaddix, who was informed last month that he had a node forming on his vocal cords, said of Erna, "I wish him well. I know it's not fun dealing with it. But if you get hooked up with the right people and you start doing the right things, you're going to be all right."
The Uproar Festival, which also features SHINEDOWN, STAIND, P.O.D., REDLIGHT KING, ADELITAS WAY and others, gets underway on August 17 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
The vocal scare is the latest in a series of struggles for Shaddix, who has also dealt with marital strife and recurring addiction issues in the past year or so. He told The Pulse Of Radio that all his problems found their way into the new PAPA ROACH album. "I was a mess. I'm a mess," he said. "You know, I was in the process of getting sober again and I just, you know, I'm a wreck. I'm a rock 'n' roll freight train. I'm a VH1 story. It came through on the record, you know, so there's desperation, there's hope, exhilaration, there's empowerment...it's a myriad of emotions. You know, there's songs on this record that I listen to and I'm just — they hit so deep to me, I'm like, 'God, I don't even want to listen to that song right now.'"
The band's new studio set, "The Connection", is due out on October 2. First single "Still Swingin'" arrived late last month.
PAPA ROACH's last full-length studio effort, "Metamorphosis", arrived in spring 2009, while half of 2010's "Time For Annihilation: On The Record & On The Road" consisted of fresh studio material as well.