LIVE: Papa Roach – HMV Forum, London 17/04/09
Plus special guests Filter and Dear Superstar.
Two things strike me the minute I get to the Kentish Town Forum to review the return of Papa Roach – Its a sold out gig and the crowd is very young. Considering that the age restriction for tonight’s gig started at 14, some of these kids weren’t even born when Papa Roach started up in 1993.
The sold out venue was a sight to behold with most of the audience in t-shirts that were clearly too big for them – perhaps Papa Roach should start selling kids shirts to cater for their mass audience? The older generation of fans seemed to hang at the back with very few of them venturing onto the ground level and there did seem to be a lot of nervous parents when Dear Superstar took to stage.
Dear Superstar are currently taking the U.K. rock scene to new levels single handedly. I have been lucky enough to rock out to them on various London stages and seeing them on this stage made me rock harder than ever before. Kicking ass with the likes of “Diseased and Distraught”, “Brothers in Blood” and “Live, Love, Lie” the lads from Manchester certainly got the crowd warmed up to 90 degrees in no time. Unfortunately the sound that was being tampered with constantly did not do them any favours for the newer fans but they most certainly did make a big impression on the crowd and without a doubt they have won over a bunch of new followers.
Filter were next to take to the stage. Portrayed as Alternative Rock the influences of NIN was very blatant and in some aspects very annoying! I was really looking forward to seeing what they had on offer for tonight but was sorely disappointed by Richard Patrick’s (Vocalists) diva like antics on stage. He repeatedly threw water at the crowd and all over the stage and then stormed off to the side of the stage to demand that someone come and mop it up. I didn’t really get the whole vibe on this band but some of the crowd seemed to enjoy them, or was that because they knew that they were closer to seeing the Legends that are Papa Roach.
I have never witnessed anything as powerful as the comeback of Papa Roach! The energy in the venue was absolutely electrical when they took to stage and the screams were so loud that it was impossible to hear Jacoby singing for the first half of “Broken Home”. The entire band was totally on fire tonight but Jacoby’s energy is relentless and this is proved when he climbs off stage and scales the barrier on the side, hoists himself up the bars of the stairwell and goes running straight into the melee of fans on the balcony during “Lifeline” off their latest album Metamorphosis.
They played a full force of rocking 90 minute set mixing up songs from almost all of their albums and the security team had their hands full with fans crowd surfing – this was only encouraged on a mass scale when the audience realised that Jacoby was shaking hands with every person that was boosted along by the bodies below them and pulled out by the security! The moshpit was a heaving wreck of bodies that at one point encompassed ¾ of the lower level and most definitely spurred the band on to new heights! This was then followed by a special dedication to ‘Paris Hilton, Shitney Spears and the U.K’s own Twat Posh Spice, the Whores of Hollywood’ as Jacoby got the crowd to sing along in “Hollywood Whore”, possibly the loudest karaoke I have ever heard.
One final mention though is the band did apologise for being away for so long and promised that it would never happen again and you would be foolish to miss them when they do arrive in a city near you!