Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
Review and Photos by Marcy J Royce
BANG! Right out of a canon. PAPA ROACH stormed the stage with a vengeance. The electricity was high in Rams Head Live this night. Otherwise started the fever, Escape The Fate started the frothing, then PAPA ROACH grabbed the horns and took off. With every word of the chorus, “Burn… Burn… Burn!” the crowd chanted and fist pumped along with every word. Jacoby Shaddix had taken a early command of the crowd. And rightfully so with his intense energy and belted lyrics. He brought you straight to the top. But not to worry, the entire band was on fire right with him. It was like the entire stage was on fire, they couldn’t stay in one place for more than a few seconds. The entire venue was in full force rock out mode. Wow, time for me to hang on for the ride in the pit as the energy was thrown back and forth like kettle bells. The only problem that confronted me was the difficulty capturing each member in one place for even a second. I was on my toes keeping up!
As Burn ended, To Be Loved took off. Same feverish crowd growing more hungry for every line of the song. Singing along as loudly as they could. Man, the fans were stoked for PAPA ROACH to be in Baltimore! As To Be Loved ended, Jacoby shouted at the crowd in the back about just standing there. He said, “Let’s F*#$in’ Do This!” And the crowd went wild. I smiled from ear to ear knowing that this lead singer was serious about each person in attendance being in the palm of his hand, firmly gripped to ride the rock out. I LOVE a frontman like that. Command a crowd early on and never wanting to let them go. And the crowd willingly followed. Halfway through the song Jacoby knew he had them. What a rush to see it all go down.
As I exited the pit the bass started and caught me at the beginning of Alive. I usually head for higher ground but this time I found a spot right away o n the floor and turned to watch the song and the crowd. Found myself bopping along. Really digging this tune. Then halfway through the song Jacoby jumped into the crowd just at the barrier. Girls squealed with delight. And he never broke stride with the lyrics. Arms and camera were everywhere.
Silence Is The Enemy from their new release, The Connection, was next. Jacoby had the crowd jumping and clapping. I really enjoyed hearing this song live for the first time. Great riffs, few hooks, great bass, pounding drums. This was my first time seeing PAPA ROACH live. I’ve viewed them many times online. I have many of their cds. And my first live exposure to them lived up to my expectations. And them some. These guys are high energy every step of the way. From beginning to end. They are tight and dead on with every song.
And as I look back on this hot & heavy rock n roll night, I can honestly say it was hit after hit, even the new songs, and the crowd was fantastic and they never fatigued. They were roused the entire set. PAPA ROACH gives a great performance. One that I would assuredly want to see again and again.
Set list for PAPA ROACH: Burn, To Be Loved, Getting Away With Murder, Alive, Silence Is The Enemy, Forever, Before I Die, Blood Brothers, Give Me Back My Life, Angels & Insects, Angels Go, Still Swingin, Scars, Lifeline, Dead Cell, Last Resort
For more info on PAPA ROACH including tour dates, tickets, media, merchandise, and bios, visit http://paparoach.com/
I want to give a big shout out to Carise for making this opportunity happen for me and the Away-Team. Thanks!