Papa Roach @ O2 Academy – 2nd December

For a legion of eyeliner-clad teenagers who belted out the lyrics to ‘Last Resort’ way back when in 2000, platinum selling rock band Papa Roach returning to Sheffield was something of a nostalgic pleasure. With seven successful albums under their belts and a history of headlining major festivals, this was a band bringing their international rock star status to the humble O2 Academy – and what a show it was.


Kicking off the night were punk five piece American Fangs, who’s incessant energy and stonkers of songs certainly got everyone in the party mood. The same however cannot be said for second support act Middle Class Rut, who whilst being musically adept lacked the charm and vigour to truly uphold the atmosphere. However, by this time it was nearly 9pm, and nearly time for the band everyone had come to see.


And Papa Roach did not disappoint. Despite this tour commemorating their 20th (yes, 20th) anniversary, the boys from California performed as if they were 17 and had just been given their first ever tour bus. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix is man who knows what it means to put on a good show – his enthusiasm for his band and his fans appears refreshingly genuine and the crowd feeds off his rousing speeches. For a band who are still flying the flag for what, it could be argued, is a dying genre these days, Papa Roach throw caution to the wind and truly bring the spirit of rock and roll back from its leather studded grave. Go grab a beer, grab your mates and go and see Papa Roach. It’s a rocking good time.


Words: Rebecca Elvidge.

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