A touching tribute
Feb. 17—People change. Band names do not. But contrary to first impressions, Papa Roach isn't named after anything related to marijuana. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix's late grandfather had the last name Roatch, and younger people in his family called him Papa.
The Roach moniker has proved apropos for the band, which has been as resilient as the hardy insect of the same name, releasing 11 albums over a 30-year career. It reached its commercial apex with the hit song "Last Resort" in 2001. Papa Roach melds rock, metal, and rap for a powerful but radio-ready sound. The lyrics can be introspective, such as these lines from the title track on the 2002 album lovehatetragedy: "Hate and destruction crashed down on our world, the stars and the stripes, the boys and the girls; it's sad it took war just to bring us together; I believe in love; I believe in forever." Falling In Reverse is co-headlining the Rockzilla Tour stop in New Mexico, with Hollywood Undead and Escape the Fate as openers.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Rio Rancho Events Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, $50 and up, 505-891-7300, bit.ly/3Y5teQb — Brian Sandford