Walking onto the platform at Bridge Street had me more excited than I had felt in the past year, not just because it was my first gig in a while, but because I was finally getting to see the mighty Papa Roach! One of Nu-metal’s finest, Papa Roach were also one of the first angsty bands I started listening to when I was a young teen – it actually astounds me that I had never seen them live until this point.
There was however one disappointment. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes were meant to be the support band for this tour, but sadly due to Frank’s mental health issues, they had to pull out. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are becoming one of those bands that I seem to always miss! Filling the void were Ho99o9, an experimental hip-hop trio – which I found an odd mix for this show.
Papa Roach kicked off their set extremely energetically, and just as you’d expect, two mosh pits opened up as soon as the intro of ‘Break The Fall’ and ‘Crooked Teeth’’ played. Quickly following with ‘Getting Away With Murder’, the O2 erupted. The stage set was very slick, with their new logo multiplied horizontally, with rear spotlights silhouetting the band members.
The crowd were pumped for this show, the energy levels were so high. Jacoby mentioned half way through the set that they had a film crew recording their shows for a live music video on this tour. The Glasgow crowd took this news to heart and really got involved. Mid-set, Papa Roach played ‘Born For Greatness’, ‘She Loves Me Not’ and ‘Scars’ back to back, probably three of my favourite songs ever. ‘She Loves Me Not’ and ‘Scars’ followed. It almost felt like some sort of therapy, releasing all those dormant teen angsts!
A beautifully constructed instrumental section toned things down before playing ‘Gravity’ and ‘Periscope’. Phone lights and lighters filled the air adding to the atmosphere… before the band broke into a miniature cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’!
It didn’t take long for Papa Roach to get the mood back up, with Jacoby getting the crowd down on their knees to jump up and go mental, sending the energy levels back through the roof! Another cover, this time Linkin Park’s ‘In The End’, as a tribute to their good friend Chester Bennington, after his untimely death in July. “Push your head up and do yourself a favour”, said Jacoby, during a short speech about not dealing with mental health issues in solitude. Papa Roach then pushed forward into ‘American Dreams’, following with the lead track from new album ‘Crooked Teeth’, ‘Help’. It seemed a lot of the crowd were old school original fans there for the classics, as the response felt a little subdued, which is a shame. It’s a belter of a track!
For the encore, Jacoby rocked back onto the stage wearing a Scotland football jersey, playing ‘Blood Brothers’, on which Scott Kennedy (from Glasgow’s Bleed From Within) helped out on tonight. The place was a riot! Scott’s vocals sounding as gnarly as ever! Naturally, they finished with their biggest smashes, ‘Last Resort’ and ‘To Be Loved…’, both of which saw me crowd surfing and moshing!
The ten year wait to finally see Papa Roach live in the flesh was well worth it! If you’re thinking of catching them on this tour, I highly recommend you do! Absolutely outstanding showmanship and performance, and a whopping 21 song setlist! 10/10!
Review: Carol Black
Images: Dave Jamieson