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Papa Roach has officially dropped off the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival after just one week, with singer Jacoby Shaddix needing surgery to remove a nodule on his vocal cord. Shaddix was diagnosed earlier this summer and attempted to take care of it without an operation, but has now issued a statement saying, "I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it. The last thing we want to do is give our fans less than 100% every night. We know they'll understand and we'll be back better than ever."
The throat problems follow a tough period during which Shaddix split and reconciled with his wife of 15 years and also fell off the wagon. Yet he told us that he refuses to let anything keep him down: "I'm a fighter. That's just me, you know. I just don't give up. You know, that's just not my style. I show that through my music, with my band...it's a crazy life we live, you know, and it will continue to be."
The rest of the bands on the Uproar main stage -- Godsmack, Shinedown, Staind and Adelitas Way -- will play longer sets to make up for Papa Roach's absence.
According to Rolling Stone, Shaddix will not be allowed to sing or even talk for two months following his surgery.
Papa Roach will release its new album, The Connection, on October 2nd. The first single is called "Still Swingin'."