Frontman of the Week – Jacoby Shaddix

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Jacoby Dakota Shaddix was born on the 28th of July in 1976. He was born in Mariposa, California and his parents divorced when he was just six years old. Jacoby has two younger brothers named Trevor and Bryson.

He attended Vacaville High School where he played clarinet in the school orchestra. Papa Roach was founded in 1993 by Jacoby Shaddix upon meeting drummer Dave Buckner. Jacoby started out playing the drums, but quickly realised that Dave played the instrument much better than he did. Jacoby then decided to play bass, but his bass ended up being stolen. He then became the lead singer for the band. At 17 years of age Jacoby started to work as a dishwasher in order to pay the rent for an apartment he shared with a friend. Later on he became a janitor at a hospital up until 1999 when he started to pursue his true passion which was music and Papa Roach.

On the 19th of July 1997 Jacoby married his high-school sweetheart Kelly Shaddix, with whom he had two sons namely Makaile Cleio Shaddix, born March 24 2002 and Jagger Monroe Shaddix, born September 13 2004. Their relationship was apparently quite rocky and Jacoby has written a few songs about their dysfunctional relationship, namely She Loves Me Not, Time and Time Again, Decompression Period and Walking Dead. Jacoby and Kelly split during the making of their 2012 album The Connection. Jacoby regularly brings his two sons and Kelly on tour with him.

Jacoby has struggled with drug addiction in the past, but his most serious problem was with alcohol. Jacoby used alcohol in order to overcome the emotions that he experienced while missing his family when he was on tour. He would look at pictures of his children and he would medicate himself as a means of suppressing his feelings temporarily. Jacoby has written about his battle with alcohol in the songs “Binge”, “Black Clouds” and “Scars”. At one point Jacoby became a cutter and started experiencing suicidal thoughts, he became aware of the fact that he didn’t want to die and that was when he realised that he needed to get sober.

Jacoby founded the band along with drummer Dave Buckner, bassist Will James and trombonist Ben Luther in 1993/1994. Ben was replaced by Jerry Horton, Will by Toby Esperance and Dave by Tony Palermo leaving Jacoby as the only original member left in the band. The band’s name Papa Roach was derived from Jacoby’s step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, whose nickname was Papa Roatch. Howard comitted suicide in 2006, because he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The band wrote the song “Roses on my Grave” in memory of him.

Jacoby had a side-project in 2002 with a band called Fight The Sky. Jay Ingram and Wade Khail had been long time fixtures on the Sacramento, California music scene. Khail was a guitar tech for hometown band Papa Roach since 1997 and Ingram was running Ascensive Marketing and Promotions which promoted many Sacramento bands, clubs and music publications. The band signed a record deal with Papa Roach’s self-owned label El Tonal Records.

Jacoby Shaddix hosted the MTV show Scarred, but was forced to stop due to the band’s hectic touring schedule. Scarred featured victims of skateboarding, biking and other extreme sports-related injuries. Jacoby introduced the victims before a clip/renactment of the incident was shown followed by commentry by the victim about the injuries he/she sustained. The show was named after the popular song from Papa Roach “Scars”.

Jacoby Shaddix has numerous tattoos one of the first ones he got when he was 21, with his wife’s name tattooed on his left arm. Born to Rock is tattooed across the top of his chest, he has Love tattooed on his left knuckles and Hate on his right knuckles. On the left side of his chest he has a Queen surrounded by water and on the right is a King surrounded by flames, which represents the good and evil within himself. On his right arm he has a scroll that reads ” Here Lies Jacoby Dakota Shaddix” and underneath it reads “Born with nothing, Die with everything”. His sons’ names are tattooed on his wrist. On his left arm he has a house in flames which references the band’s song “Broken Home” and a coffin which references their song “Harder Than A Coffin Nail”. On the back of his neck, Jacoby and his wife has the Chinese symbol for Love etched on their skin.

Papa Roach are currently back on the road after several stops and starts this year as Jacoby was determining whether vocal surgery would be neccessary. After his surgery he had some time off at home, he reports that his voice is doing great. He was very lucky to go to the right doctor and get the surgery performed by him. Jacoby admits that it was a scary experience, but he is doing well.

Still Swingin’ was named one of the Best 10 Rock Songs for 2012 by Loudwire. Papa Roach is currently sharing the stage with Stone Sour and the tour will move to North America in 2013.

Jacoby Shaddix has the ability to convey pure, raw emotion in his songs. You can hear the passion he has for his music through his lyrics and his voice. I remember when I was in my last year of Primary School that Last Resort was immensely popular among my peers. This is quite strange looking back, because Sum 41 and Blink 182 were really popular during those days where punk rock dominated the airwaves. As a listener (even at that age) you could tell Papa Roach’s sound was edgier and darker than the more popular songs on the radio.

I really love the majority of the songs they released as singles and I look forward to hearing more of their songs in the future.

Follow Jacoby Shaddix on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JacobyShaddix

Follow Papa Roach on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/paparoach

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Halestorm nominated for a Grammy!

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I’m so proud to share this amazing news!

Halestorm has been nominated in the BEST HARD ROCK OR METAL PERFORMANCE category for the 2013 Grammy Awards!

http://www.buzzsugar.com/Grammy-Nominations-2013-26207521

Congratulations!

Lzzy Hale is the first female to nominated in this category. I really hope they win the Grammy, but either way to be nominated is a huge honour!

You can vote for Lzzy in the Loudwire Music Awards here: http://loudwire.com/rock-goddess-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/

Vote for Halestorm in the Loudwire Music Awards:

http://loudwire.com/drummer-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Drummer of the year

http://loudwire.com/vocalist-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Vocalist of the year

http://loudwire.com/rock-band-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Rock Band of the year

http://loudwire.com/rock-album-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Rock Album of the year

http://loudwire.com/live-act-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Live Act of the year

http://loudwire.com/rock-song-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/ – Rock Song of the year

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month/Year – Alter Bridge

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And so the countdown starts towards 2013 and the anticipation for Alter Bridge’s follow-up to 2010’s AB III begins. I for one absolutely cannot wait for it to be released. It might be strange to give the title Band of the Year to a band that hasn’t toured for the past year or so, but thats the beauty of this band. They don’t have to release new material or tour for more than a year and they still have the ability to touch people’s lives in some way. Mark, Scott and Brian has been busy touring with Scott Stapp as Creed this year, Myles has had a fantastic year touring with Slash and the Conspirators and Mark Tremonti has been occupied with his solo effort All I Was. All of the band members has had a successful year, so now its time to get back down to business guys!! Alter Bridge has personally been my favourite discovery this year, although I might be jumping on the bandwagon a little later on in their career I feel like I have been a fan for years.

Myles Kennedy and Alter Bridge has a few dedicated fan pages on Facebook that has been very active in publishing content surrounding Myles’s current endeavours and Alter Bridge’s official Twitter page has certainly not been inactive or dormant this past year. Its great when fans still feel they can connect with the band in some way even though they are busy doing different projects.

Here are a few fan pages you can check out if you’re a fan:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Myles-Kennedy-Fan-Page/193843620723265?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheKennedyEffect?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/#!/alterbridge?fref=ts (Official)

https://twitter.com/alterbridge (Official)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Alter-Bridge-III/235680409963?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/#!/AlterBridgeSA?fref=ts

Alter Bridge is an American rock band that was formed in 2004 in Orlando, Florida. The group was named by Mark Tremonti after an actual bridge located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, near his former home on Alter Road. Alter Bridge’s first album was met with mixed reviews and achieved gold status with One Day Remains which was released by Wind-Up Records in August 2004. After the band’s first tour they left Wind-Up Records in 2006 and signed with Universal Republic Records releasing their second album Blackbird in October 2007 which was met with positive reviews by critics. The band toured for the next two years and reconvened in 2010 to work on their third studio album. AB III was released in October 2010 through Roadrunner Records and the album was a critical success. In January 2011 Alter Bridge’s first live album and concert film was released “Live from Amsterdam” after two years of delays. Their second concert film “Live at Wembley” was released on the 26th of March 2012.

The band has had relatively low mainstream success (which isn’t always a bad thing, as we all know), but their music has been critically successful which proves that Alter Bridge consists of true artists and musicians in every sense of the word. In 2009 Ultimate Guitar Archive name Alter Bridge the 36th greatest band of the decade.

Afer Creed became inactive in 2003 following a controversial tour, that same year Mark started writing new material with plans to form a new band with Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips, being fans of Myles Kennedy‘s former band The Mayfield Four they invited Myles to join their band. The music of One Day Remains as well as most of the lyrics on the album was written by Mark Tremonti, although Myles also co-wrote the lyrics for about half the songs. A few songs from One Day Remains established an affiliation with WWE, most notably “Metalingus” which Edge adopted as his entrance theme in 2004 and used it as such until his retirement in 2011. Its ironic how I always loved that song and I always wondered who the artist was that performed it.

Alter Bridge experienced a bump in the road when their relationship with Wind-Up Records started to deteriorate. Alter Bridge still experienced some difficulty after parting ways with Wind-Up records which consisted of criticism for disbanding Creed, pressure to reform Creed and false reports of a Creed reunion. I can imagine this time in their career as being quite tough on the band and I think it was extremely unfair to blame Alter Bridge for Creed’s problems, but I suppose it was inevitable. Creed and Alter Bridge are two seperate bands and I think fans as well as the media should respect that.

Blackbird was released in 2007 and it has been dubbed by fans of the band as their best and heaviest album to date. In October 2010 “Ties That Bind” was listed by Total Guitar as the 41st Greatest Guitar Song of the Decade. Ties That Bind is definitely one of my favourite songs, its very energetic and the lyrics are powerful. In March 2011 the dual guitar solo performed by Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti on the song “Blackbird” was voted the Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time by MusicRadar‘s readers, which is an AMAZING achievement considering the amount of talent featured in the top 20 that readers could vote for. Read more about Myles and Mark’s reaction to the news here: http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/greatest-guitar-solo-poll-winners-alter-bridge-speak-403308

A single disc version of “Live from Amsterdam” was sold exclusively at venues during Creed’s reunion tour in 2009 and on Amazon.com. The dvd sold thousands and thousands of copies in comparison to the projected hundreds that Amazon expected to sell. The dvd reached No.1 on Amazon’s “Bestsellers in Music Videos & Concerts” and remained there for weeks.

On September 6th 2010 Roadrunner Records debuted Alter Bridge’s first single “Isolation” on their website, the song became the band’s most successful song reaching number 1 on active rock radio and on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, a first for Alter Bridge. AB III was met with overwhelming critical acclaim from professional reviewers upon its release. MusicRadar called it one of the guitar albums of the year and Artistdirect gave AB III a perfect score and called it a masterpiece.

Alter Bridge’s music is a spiritual experience and it touches your soul. Alter Bridge’s music is heavy yet melodic, because Myles has such a soaring voice it creates a great contrast with the heavy guitars and bass. Alter Bridge has a unique formula which you don’t come across often. As a listener Alter Bridge’s music soothes and renews your faith in music. I’m so happy I followed my instinct when I bought AB III earlier this year, because its very unusual for me to purchase an album without listening to a few samples on the album. I take the task of purchasing music very seriously and I don’t make the decision lightly.

I can’t wait to hear what Alter Bridge has in store for fans in the new year and I hope to hear a lot more from them in the future.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K