JACOBY SHADDIX Recalls MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Effort To Restrict PAPA ROACH’s Stage Area At 2008 ‘Crüe Fest’


Yesterday (Friday, May 31), PAPA ROACH‘s singer Jacoby Shaddix and guitarist Jerry Horton participated in an acoustic performance and Q&A session at “The Lounge” hosted by Chicago’s alternative rock station Q101.

When asked to name their favorite tour, Jerry responded: “I would say the KORN tour. ‘Cause we were young. We did Warped Tour in 2000, and then right after that we did KORN. And they took us under their wing. They were, like, ‘Grasshopper, we’ll show you how to do it.’ And they treated us great, and they set the bar for how we treated bands when we took them out.”

Jacoby added: “They were just, like, ‘Turn up as loud as you want. You can use the stage however you want. Just get up there and throw down.’ And like some bands aren’t like that. They wanna squash your sound. They wanna, ‘Oh, you can’t use this part of the stage.'”

Asked to name some of those bands, Jacoby said: “I’ll tell you right now. We did a tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE [in 2008]. And they had these wings. It was ‘Crüe Fest’. It was sick, dude. And I had befriended the guys in the band. And I didn’t know Vince [NeilMÖTLEY CRÜE singer] very well. And there were these wings out on the side, and they were, like… The stage manager comes over and he goes, ‘You can’t use the wings.’ I’m, like, ‘Don’t tell me [not] to do it, ’cause I will.’ So I’m out there on the wing doing my thing. And it’s, like, halfway through the tour, and I continue to not listen. And I’m getting calls from management and this and that. And we get off and we’re in — it was in Ohio somewhere. And I remember getting off stage I’m all sweaty. I’m walking back to the bus. And you never see Vince and Nikki [SixxMÖTLEY CRÜE bassist] together on tour. And these two dudes are walking side by side, and they stop and they’re, like, ‘Hey, how’d the show go?’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, it was banging, dude. What’s up?’ Vince looks at me, and he goes, ‘You know, next time you walk out on that wing over there, you could just walk right off this tour.’ And I didn’t skip a beat, and I just looked at him. I said, ‘So there is a f**king way off this tour.’ I just walked away. And I’m, like, ‘Man…’ I love the dudes in MÖTLEY CRÜE, but it was, like, ‘How are you gonna try to tell somebody to live by rules? You’re f**king MÖTLEY CRÜE. Give me a break.’ Like, nah, dude. You can’t. Nah, it’s, like, it just don’t work.”

Shaddix added that, despite the tense exchange with Neil, he remained on good terms with MÖTLEY CRÜE. “And then they had us back on the second ‘Crüe Fest’. So it didn’t burn the bridge. It was a good time, man. They even had me on a song of theirs, ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’. I got to go up and sing with them and almost get burnt by pyro every night. I’m like, ‘Where is it coming from?’ I’m like, ‘Guess, kid.'”