PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix has confirmed to HardDrive Radio that the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album, 2000's "Infest", next year. Shaddix told Lou Brutus at last weekend's Sonic Temple festival (see video below): "On the way to the airport two days ago, with my son Jagger in the car, I was, like, 'Hey, Jag, pull up your calendar.' I was, like, 'Do me a favor. Go up to 2020 and look at April. Look at April 25th of the year 2020 and tell me what day that lands on.' 'Cause we released it on the 25th of April. And it lands on a Saturday night. So I'm, like, we're gonna have a throwdown on that [day]. We're gonna do, I think, a one-night, big… play the record in its entirety, throw down. I'd like to do it in Northern California somewhere. And I've got a few ideas, but I kind of feel like I wanna do this without any promoters or anybody and do it full-on DIY style, like we used to do it back in the day. It just seems like the right thing to do."
Asked if it feels like it's been 20 years since "Infest" came out, Shaddix said: "It does and it doesn't, because when I start to catalog all the experiences and places, it feels like a long time. But then, when I just run it past myself, I'm, like, 'It's just like a blink of an eye. I was there and now I'm here.'
Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that PAPA ROACH was quite a different band in the early days before "Infest" put them on the map. "Oh my God, we sucked!" he said. "We were horrible. We were the sloppiest band. Back then we didn't do it for a career, we just did it 'cause we just want to have fun."
The band's second full-length record and first major label release, "Infest" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified triple platinum for sales of three million copies in the U.S. alone. It featured the massive hit single "Last Resort".
On the enduring popularity of "Last Resort", which recently passed 100 million views on YouTube, Shaddix told told Michigan's Z93: "One of my best friends, he tried to kill himself. We lived in a house together. I'm 17 years old, and my best friend tried to kill himself. And it was a traumatic experience. I sing the song from a first-person point of view just to make it... This is how I write music. It's just crazy how many people have used that song as a source of strength."
PAPA ROACH's latest album, "Who Do You Trust?", arrived in January.