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Celebrity Travel Spotlight: Papa Roach Frontman Jacoby Shaddix

Grammy nominated alternative rock band Papa Roach has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and they’ve seen much of this country, touring the U.S. twice each year since 2000. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix had successful vocal cord surgery recently and the band is back on the road in November in Russia and Europe, with U.S. dates expected in the new year. Thanks all for entering…

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Their new album “The Connection” came out this week to the delight of fans, who may not know that while making the album, things were falling apart for Jacoby, who had thoughts of suicide, substance abuse issues and a brief split with his wife of 14 years. He made it through and put all that emotion into the album which was recorded at the band’s hometown studio, the Red House in Sacramento. Here are some of Jacoby’s favorite places in America…

My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…I love Chicago. Chicago is great. Simply put, it’s just a great city with a lot of good food, a lot of great people, it’s a pretty city, especially when you go up on Lake Michigan. The coastline right there that is in the city is just beautiful. I like to take a run there whenever I’m in town. A lot of really good food and it’s a great mix of people in that city. Mike Ditka, the Bears, Michael Jordan!

The first thing I do when I go to Chicago is…I eat at the Pancake House.

If people are coming to the United States and they want to visit somewhere that’s really awesome, I think they should visit…Yosemite Natl Park. That just makes you feel, I guess for me, insignificant because it’s just so grand. When you think about the size of glaciers that crept through and cut the rock away, it’s just an incredible site. Hike Half Dome, that’s a great hike. It’s a one day hike, it’s not that crazy, it’s an 11 mile hike I think. You can camp up in Yosemite. They also have these bungalow type things, semi permanent tents that are really cool, or you can go luxurious and stay in really nice hotels as well. There’s a place called the Ahwahnee up there that’s really nice.

New Orleans…is a pleasant surprise…just because you hear all this, “Oh, you’ve got to go down and rage and party and rah, rah, rah!” And then you get there and you meet the people that are from there and they’re just genuinely good people. It’s all about cooking, it’s all about the cookouts, it’s all about the family. That’s what I like about it, a very family-oriented place. Yeah, they know how to f-cking party and go off, but just that whole area down there. Lake Pontchartrain that’s north of New Orleans is a great area as well. Go Tigers. And Baton Rouge. Louisiana period. I’m a fan.

My favorite restaurant in the U.S. is…I’m a foodie. There’s a f-cking restaurant here in Sacramento that is amazing and I love it, I love Thai food, it’s called Thai Basil. Family-owned. Thai Basil is I’m telling you, so good, and if you go there, get the drunken noodle. You can get it with meat if you like, I like to get the drunken noodle with tofu and it’s just frickin’ amazing. I eat meat, but for some reason I like tofu in this dish. Yes please!

The best place to find…a good hamburger…is at…the Squeeze Inn in Roseville. Because you’re going to have to squeeze into your f-cking jeans after you eat this burger. This one’s a bad boy right here, it’ll put pounds on you. Ooh, it’s so good though! They do this double cheeseburger and they’ll put a patty down and they’ll put cheese on top of it, then they’ll put another patty down and put cheese on top of it, but the cheese is significantly larger than the burger, so it melts down they cover it up with a pie tin kind of thing, so it melts it and the cheese goes down onto the griddle and cooks up into this crispy, lovely goodness. They turn the burger over. So the edges of the burger is a whole different experience. And then you get into the burger, it’s just…It should be on one of those food channels.

Some great towns people may not know about to visit are…There’s a great place up in northern California called Arcata and it’s on the coast. And it’s right next to a place called Glass Beach, which is really pretty. I’ve been around with P. Roach too many times. More than several times. If you count two U.S. tours a year since 2000, it’s 24 times I’ve been around this damn place.

My favorite airport in the US is…Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Small quiet, quick and easy.

19 thoughts on “Celebrity Travel Spotlight: Papa Roach Frontman Jacoby Shaddix”

  1. There need to be more articles like this. Not talking about the band or their albums – just talking about random fun stuff like this. It was interesting to see what places Jacoby likes to eat. I don’t think I’ll ever get to any of them, though. I live too far from…well, anything.

    Do I win the CD yet?! =D

  2. Great article! Thank You for this interview!
    I love to hear about Papa Roach, they are my favorite band and Jacoby is the best singer ever!
    I missed their show when I have been in the USA last year and it hearted me so bad, but Papa Roach’s songs helped me keep going on whenever I had hard times.
    Hopefully I will win their autographed cd booklet, it will be the most exciting thing for me. I hope to go to a Papa Roach show in 3 years for their 8th and 9th album after I’ll finish my military service.
    EREZ

  3. I’m so sad to hear things was falling apart for Jacoby! I met him several times and he’s a good guy, i really don’t deserve all that shit…
    But things are better now. The album is out, and i’m sure Jacoby and the rest of the band are REALLY proud of that record and happy to see how much the fans like it! Indeed that record is Beautiful as hell and emotional! I really like it!! Great interview by the way, thanks!!

  4. through the good times and through the bad…

    not just for coby their music is a therapy, it’s a therapy for every single fan inside the whole world…

  5. Great article and totally agree with Jacoby about New Orleans and Louisiana in general- Just a great place. The cheeseburger from The Squeeze Inn sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Awesome article. It’s nice to see people take time out of their busy and sometimes hectic lives to do an article like this. Jacoby is a great guy who has been to hell and back in his life and his fans love and appreciate what he does for them! I know the songs and music has helped me in my life, I went through some hard times and when I felt like there was nothing left, I put Papa Roach on and just rethink what I was previously thinking and knew I wasn’t the only one going through this. Thank you Jacoby, Jerry, Tobin, and Tony!

  7. I love Papa Roach and Jacoby, but him saying that Chicago is great, is sooooooo wonderful! Next time you are in Chicago Jacoby, you should hit up Kumas Korner on Belmont! Delicious gourmet burgers named after metal bands…yumminess! <3

  8. Jacoby is a lyrically genius! Would love to win an autographed cd. Been a fan since I was a teenager and first heard broken home. Never disappointed!

  9. Loved reading this! LOVE these guys! Have met and hung out with them a handful of times. They are the nicest most humble guys! They are definitely my favorite band to see live! (13 times now) Their stage presence is amazing!! Would LOVE to win this! :-)

  10. I loved the article because it’s good that Jacoby survived his hard times in his life so great job:)

  11. SO PROUD OF JACOBY GETTING THROUGH HIS DIFFICULT TIME AND SO GRATEFUL SURGERY AND RECOVERY WAS SUCCESSFUL.. COULDNT IMAGINE THIS WORLD WITHOUT JACOBY ANX PAPA ROACH.. HES A FIGHTER..I KNEW HE’D MAKE IT THROUGH IT ALL..PAPA ROACHS MUSIC HAS HELPED ME IN MY LIFE WITH SO MANY SIMILAR ISSUES HES GONE THROUGH..AND THEY CONTINUE TO UPLIFT MY MOODS AND ENCOURAGE ME DAILY WITH ALL OF LIFES STRUGGLES AND BEAUTY..LIFE IS LIKE PIZZA..EVEN WHEN ITS BAD..ITS GOOD…I LISTEN TO THEM EVERYDAY AND WHEN DRIVING I BURN OUT ALL THEIR CDS LISTENING OVER AND OVER..THEY ARE A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE! THANK U JACOBY AND ALL OF PAPA ROACH FOR GIVING ME ALL THAT U DO..U HAVE NO IDEA WHAT UVE DONE AND DO FOR ME!

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