Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix
It seems as though Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix just can’t catch a break these days.
For starters, he has been an admitted victim of suicidal depression coupled with stress from the near death of his 15 year marriage. Then after getting clean and sober along with taking care of things with the wife, his health decides to give him a nice surprise in the form of throat problems. Not exactly the best thing to happen to a vocalist that tends to scream more than sing.
According to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the singer has been diagnosed with a node in his throat which will require surgery but will leave him unable to speak – let alone sing – for at least the next two months, forcing Papa Roach to cancel their gig as headliners for the Uproar Tour.
For those of you keeping tabs on the throat health of rock and pop, you might remember that fellow crooners Adele and John Meyer fell victims to the very same problem and also had to go under the knife.
"It's called a nodule, otherwise known as a node, and it sits on the vocal cord,” said Shaddix. “It's pretty much like a callus that you get on your hand, but it's like a callus on your vocal cord, so it affects my speaking voice, my singing voice.”
Shaddix adds that he first noticed a problem with his throat towards the end of the recording sessions for Papa Roach’s new as yet to be released album, The Connection.
“I was super hoarse and then the next day, I'd wake up all backed up and I could barely talk,” remembered the singer. “I'm fucking the healthiest I've been and this pops up?”
But Shaddix remains optimistic about getting his stride back once the growth is removed, especially after a friend had told him to check out the video of Adele making her comeback performance at the Grammys post surgery.
“I went and watched it as soon as I landed in L.A. – let me see this woman kill it,” said Shaddix. “And, dude, did that woman just come back on fire.”
Sounds like Mr. Shaddix is should be set for a speedy recovery once the surgery gets on its way, but for those of you who can’t wait to get a brand new dose of Papa Roach, The Connection is set to hit stores later this year on October 2 – perfect amount of time for Shaddix to recover and do some new album touring!
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