For tonight only Nu Metal meets old school rock and roll under one roof at the O2 Academy Newcastle.

Tonight both Papa Roach and Canadian hard rockers Monster Truck have booked out the two concert halls inside of the O2 Academy Newcastle, causing somewhat of a quandary for those in the North East who enjoy their music on the heavy side of things.

With a new album under their belt in the shape of Who Do You Trust? Papa Roach are currently on tour as part of their longest UK run to date. Subsequently, a packed out crowd awaits the band for their first appearance on Tyneside since 2013.

To add to the spectacle of tonight’s proceedings US-based outfit Nothing More deliver one of the most exciting and energetic opening sets we’ve witnessed in the North East in recent times, whilst simultaneously sparing no expense with their groundbreaking and visually stimulating stage production. This band has to be seen to be believed.

As Papa Roach hits the stage, they grab the bull by the horns quite literally as they kick off the proceedings with one of their biggest hits “Last Resort”. This evening the Californian based quartet certainly means business.

By the third track in the set, the band introduce the first of five songs to feature from their latest offering by way of the high octane title track itself. With its hip-hop undertones, and hard-hitting rhythm the song allows Shaddix to truly exhibit his lyrical flow and prowess. Inside of the first half of the show, several tracks from Who Do You Trust? features including explosive renditions of both “Renegade Music” and “Elevate”.

It goes without saying that Papa Roach have really pushed themselves both creatively and artistically with their new record. After all, what’s the point of making the same album over and over again. The beauty of Papa Roach’s new material is that it integrates so well alongside tried and tested numbers from their extensive back catalogue spanning ten studio albums. Almost every new track on tonight’s setlist seamlessly sits side by side crowd-pleasing old favourites.

Papa Roach performs with such energy and vigour. Throughout their high octane performance frontman, Jacoby Shaddix towers over the crowd from risers in front of the stage whilst simultaneously orchestrating the madness.

This evening Papa Roach truly connects with their Tyneside fans. Shaddix’s motivational and positive messages prior to “Scars” really resonate with the Geordie audience. Subsequently, the crowd hangs on every word and sings back to the stage wholeheartedly during somewhat of a passionate and emotive performance of the number.

As Papa Roach heads into the final strides of their main set, they unveil one of the stand out tracks of their latest album in the shape of “Feel Like Home”. With its anthemic quality and catchy hooks, this song without a doubt is a future classic in the making. Following Ramones-esque cheers of ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Go’, Papa Roach closes out their main set with the fast and furious, circle pit inducing “To Be Loved”.

A heart-warming encore featuring Papa Roach’s Nu Metal take on The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” dedicated to one of their fallen comrades is a fitting tribute indeed. Shaddix declares ‘We lost a good one in Keith Flint’ and those in attendance most certainly agree.

Papa Roach brings the show full circle by taking their fans back to the beginning of their careers with the first song from their debut album – “Infest”, which undoubtedly pleases the old school fans in attendance before capping off the proceedings with a foot-stomping airing of “Born For Greatness”.

Quite often in this day and age, we hear people telling us that rock music is dead. But on a night like tonight where insides the confines of one venue we’ve got two capacity hard rock shows taking place, the evidence presented suggests otherwise.

Tonight Papa Roach are most certainly at the top of their game. The band may well be several thousand miles from California, but on the strength of the reception the group receives this evening, Newcastle may well ‘Feel Like Home’.

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Event Date: 23-April-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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