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Papa Roach singer “doing good” on tour after throat surgery


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Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix is “doing good” after undergoing surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord last month, according to bassist Tobin Esperance. Speaking to Metalshop, Esperance said about his bandmate, “The first two shows (after the surgery) went really well, and his voice is holding up and he sounds great and he feels good . . . It’s kind of like a strict regimen of just conserving his voice, like not talking too much during the day, warming up and eating the right kind of foods that don’t agitate the vocal cords, like acid reflux-type stuff. Just things you’ve gotta do over the years.”

Esperance added, “When we were younger, when we first started, it didn’t matter — you just did it all and you didn’t think about the wear and tear. But even having a couple of drinks (now) at the end of the night, I get a f**king headache if I drink too much. I wake up in the morning, and I’m, like, ‘Goddamn! What the f**k?’ And that didn’t use to be like that. Oh, man — the good old days.”

  • Back in 2012, Shaddix had similar surgery to remove a nodule on his vocal cord. He had said at the time that it forced him to take better care of his voice: “I’ve got to concentrate on my warm-ups. Concentrate on what I eat. You know, concentrate on getting proper rest — like, all these things that I never wanted to do before, like, I have to do now. ‘Cause I’m gettin’ old! (laughs)”
  • Shaddix told Rolling Stone five years ago that his vocal cord problem was caused by “all the stresses in your life, whether they be emotional, physical, sleep deprivation or just overuse.”
  • Papa Roach is on tour at the moment in Europe and has spent the last few months on the road in support of its ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth, which was released on May 19th. The band had to cancel several dates in August so that Shaddix could have his surgery.
  • The latest single from the LP, “American Dreams,” is currently Number Three on the rock radio chart.


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