Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix confesses he 'struggled with a lot of the same demons' as Chester Bennington
Shaddix opens up about Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, addiction and subsequent recovery in a recent interview.
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix has opened up about the death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington who passed away at the age of 41 after he was tragically found dead at his California home on July 20.
After Bennington’s passing, Papa Roach honored the frontman with a cover of Linkin Park’s In The End during a concert in September. Both bands rose to fame during roughly the same era of rap-rock and nu-metal, touring together in their early careers, including a stint at Ozzfest 2001.
In an interview with Australia’s The Void, Shaddix explained that both he and Bennington “have struggled with a lot of the same demons, a lot of the same issues.”
“I’m deeply saddened to know that it came to that for him in his life,” he said of Bennington’s tragic suicide. “It’s, like, God, it’s just f**king terrible. But the reality is we can try to find these things that we feel fill the whole in our soul and a lot of us struggle in trying to find that and sometimes it just gets too dark."
“And that’s how it got for him and, unfortunately, it came to that. It’s incredibly sad. He left a lot of loving people behind. But through the story, it opened up a bigger dialogue,” he added.
Shaddix also spoke of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May 2017.
“You just think about these great dudes that a lot of people looked up to and you just see the power in their music and how it influenced and affected and lifted people out of these dark places. That’s hardcore stuff.”
“I sit here as a testament, as a man that has been to those dark places my own self, and I haven’t taken those actions,” Shaddix continued.
“What I would say that’s the thing that I think gets a lot of us rock and rollers is there’s a loneliness at times that sets in. When you’re out on the road and you’re doing it for so long, and you don’t know who really wants to just love you for you or for your status or whatnot, and so you’re careful about who you let into your life, and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself isolated and alone and lonely, and that’s a dangerous place for a lot of people to be.”
When asked in the interview if sobriety and his family are what got him through the dark times, Jacoby said: "It's definitely an anchor for me — 100 percent. First off, my sobriety is very important to me. That's what really kind of roots me in sanity. Because the insanity, I can get lost in it. And it could be the drugs… whatever. And my family definitely — my wife and my kids — the idea of losing them or not being part of their lives is terrifying to me. So they're definitely something to fight for, and I love 'em dearly. And so every day I'm grateful for my relationship with my wife, I'm grateful for my positive relationship with my kids. And so I wanna keep that — those relationships. 'Cause at the end of the day in life, that's all we've got — all our relationships and our experiences with other people. And I value those.”
Papa Roach will hit the road again next spring in support of its surprisingly well received ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth. The tour kicks off on April 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina and runs through May 13, wrapping up in Corpus Christi, Texas. The tour will be hitting 25 cities, featuring special guests including 2018 Grammy Award nominee Nothing More, with support from Escape The Fate.
Watch the full interview below:
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