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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix on His Post-Surgery Vocal Performances: ‘I’m Slaying It’

Papa Roach Jacoby Shaddix
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Papa Roach are happily back on the road after several stops and starts this year while vocalist Jacoby Shaddix was determining whether vocal surgery would be necessary. The rocker caught up with the Armed Forces Network (check out the audio below) while in Germany and spoke with Army Sergeant Russell Toof about his recovery from the vocal surgery and other topics.

He recalls, “After my surgery I had some time at home so I was helping coach my son’s tackle football team and we’d be doing drills and stuff and I’m working with a kid and I’d turn around and they’re behind me doing the ‘Gangnam’ dance. I was like, ‘Alright, we save that for after practice.’ That thing spread like gonnorhea dude, or wildfire.”

As for how his voice is holding up during the band’s current European trek, the singer says, “Voice is great. I’m slaying it on the shows so far and I feel really good. I was definitely blessed to go to the right doctor and get my surgery performed by him. It was scary, but I’m good.”

As we head toward the end of the year, Shaddix says he feels blessed that fans have embraced the band’s ‘The Connection’ album and he commented on the news that Loudwire recently named ‘Still Swingin’‘ one of the year’s 10 Best Rock Songs.

“That’s great. To be recognized on a popular rock website as a Top 10 track of the year, that’s awesome … We don’t set out to make music for critics, but if a critic likes the music, that’s good news, you know. But really first and foremost, it’s about us enjoying the music first and then the fans come next,” explained the singer. “We’ve got to please ourselves first because we’ve got to perform this onstage every night, so definitely, it’s a nice way to be recognized. I can’t be mad about it.”

Papa Roach are currently sharing stages with Stone Sour and the two bands will bring their co-headlining trek to North American in early 2013.

Listen to Papa Roach Singer Jacoby Shaddix’s Interview With AFN

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Next: Papa Roach's 'The Connection' Album Review

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