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Jacoby Shaddix (Coby Dick)(vocals)
Artistfacts for Papa Roach
The band is named after Shaddix' great-grandfather, whose last name was Roatch. He was known as "Papa Roatch."
Early on, they used a cockroach in their logo, since they wanted to avoid the marijuana connection implied by the word "Roach."
Shaddix used the stage name "Coby Dick" until 2002, when he decided he wanted to use his real name.
They recorded for independent labels before being signed by Dreamworks in 2000.
MTV provided a lot of exposure for the band. They showed up a lot on Total Request Live.
They started their own record label through Dreamworks called New Noise. The first band on the label was Alien Ant Farm.
They toured with Ozzfest in 2001. They used a spare bus to record tracks for their second album in between tour stops.
Shaddix played clarinet in his high school band.
They were the supporting act for The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their 2002 "By the Way" tour. (thanks, Glenn - Sydney, Australia)
They are from Vacaville California, a town about 30 miles South of Sacramento. (thanks, Rene - Sacramento, CA)
Papa Roach's first show was a talent show in 1993. (thanks, Tim - Pittsburgh, PA)
Shaddix, is an extremely confessional songwriter. In his Songfacts interview
, he said: "Sometimes, I let a little too much hang out, but it is what it is. I just want to be real, and that's how I do it: through this music."
After battling with alcohol and drug abuse, Jacoby Shaddix was converted to the Christian faith in 2012. Papa Roach's F.E.A.R.
album contains some specifically Christian orientated songs such as "Devil
" and "Falling Apart