Feb 28th, 2011
Review/Photos By: Peter Ruttan
It’s Feb 28th and its the trade deadline in the NHL and no real big trades to talk about. Most Canadians were just scrambling to beat the RSP contribution deadline so for me on a Monday night was to grab my photo gear and hit the Commodore Ballroom to catch California rockers Papa Roach. This would be my first time to see them since they've started hitting the circuit back in 1993.
I arrived and caught the last 4 songs of support act Bleeker Ridge and from what I saw there was a reason why these guys have been touring with Papa Roach. They’re young and quite energetic and just fun to watch. There music is along the lines of hard rock/nu metal and the girls in the crowd sure liked them as they waved there metal horns in the air. As soon as Bleeker ridge said good night to the crowd and promised to be back I made my way up to the front barrier with the other photographers in anticipation to shoot Papa Roach. Papa Roach have been playing for audiences large and small since 1993 so I was quite anxious to shoot these guys and to see what they could deliver on a Monday night.
The Commodore went pitch black and the members of Papa Roach took their spots. Amidst the cheers and screams came the intro to Kick in the Teeth. It was an appropriate opener that trigged some crowd moshing movements and diehard fans too pound there fists in the air. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix, was on his game early, moving from side to side, up and down and is a excellent frontman giving the crowd 110 percent pure rock energy. The setlist went back and forth between yesteryear’s hits and their newest endeavors. Classics like Last Resort, One Track Mind, and Enemy were greeted by screams and singing faces. Even slower mid temo songs like Hollywood Whore, Broken Home and WWE Raw theme To be Loved were energetic and very well performed by the band. The highlight of the setlist, surprisingly, was their latest material. The industrial Getting Away with Murder, Scars, and a pair of other newbies songs were fresh and engrossing and fans soaked it up.
I left the venue impressed with the night overall and would recommended to anyone to check them out. Currently they're on a cross Canada tour with Buckcherry, Bleeker Ridge and My Darkest Days.
KICK IN THE TEETH
ONE TRACK MIND
BORN WITH NOTHING
TO BE LOVED