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BFD Radio Show featuring Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, The Pretty Reckless and Skillet

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May 28, 2017 – 07:00 PM

  • Papa Roach
  • Three Days Grace
  • The Pretty Reckless
  • Skillet

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Papa Roach: In the small Northern California town of Vacaville, four high school friends, Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Will James, decided to start a band. In 1993, they became Papa Roach, a band whose influences included prominent Bay Area acts such as Faith No More and Primus. Papa Roach quickly rose to the top of the Vacaville music scene with their blending of hip-hop, groove-funk, and hardcore.

After a couple of years of playing coffeehouses, pizza joints, and keg-parties, they were headlining such places as the Cactus Club in San Jose, the Cattle Club in Sacramento, and the Berkeley Square in Berkeley. Due to the antics of unpredictable Shaddix, and the raw power supplied by the band in live performances, Papa Roach captured the attention of younger audiences. In turn, kids showed their appreciation for the band by faithfully attending all the band's shows. In these early years, Papa Roach was able to support the Deftones on two shows, and have bands such as Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, Downset and Fu Manchu open for them.

In the summer of 1996, while realizing athat they had something special, Papa Roach decided to make changes necessary to reach the next level. First, the band replaced bass player Will James because his commitment to church summer camp that would have prevented the band from practicing and playing any shows over the summer. Papa Roach did not have to go far to find their new bass player. Tobin Esperance, who was only 16 years old and who had been a roadie for Papa Roach since age 13, readily became the new bass player. Second, the band hired a manager, Bret Bair, to help them with bookings, promotions, and merchandising. With a new bass player and management in place, Papa Roach decided to enter the studio to record a full-length CD.

"Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded for $700 at E.S.P. Studios in Pittsburg, California, and was subsequently released in February of 1997. The CD contains 13 tracks, including the songs "Orange Drive Palms", and "Liquid Diet". Without any push from the band or management, many smaller independent and college radio stations in Chico, Davis, San Jose, Sacramento, and the Bay Area added Papa Roach to their playlists. To the bands' surprise, Papa Roach charted number one as Cal-State Sacramento's most requested band for five consecutive weeks. Papa Roach celebrated the release of their first album with several CD release shows. The Vacaville CD release show was attended by 700 kids, while CD release shows in Berkeley and Sacramento were attended by 400 and 300 kids, respectively.

Papa Roach's emerging popularity did not escape the eyes and ears of promoters, who started booking the band as a support act on many larger national shows. In March of 1997, Papa Roach played main support to Suicidal Tendencies in front of 1,000 people in Sacramento. They also either headlined or supported many of today's up and coming acts in the aggressive rock genre, including Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, (hed) p.e., Sevendust, WIll Haven and Powerman 5000. Papa Roach has also played Southern California on a frequent basis, and is now becoming a regular at such reknowned clubs as the Troubador in Hollywood, and Soma in San Diego.

In April 1998, Papa Roach released "5 Tracks Deep", and E.P. containing five songs which sold 1,000 copies within the first month after its release. This CD exemplifies the natural growth in musicianship and song-writing ability within band since "Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded 18 months earlier. The songs "Revenge in Japanese" is a perfect example of the Papa Roach trademark sound where hip-hop verses lead to a catchy radio-friendly chorus. This results in a song with both energy and emotion that will attract diverse crowds of people.

Three Days Grace: These rockers were born out of the post-grunge era in Ontario, Canada in the mid-90s. The band broke out big with their single, "I Hate Everything About You," in 2003 and have reigned atop the modern rock charts ever since. The guys are currently on tour, the Three Day Grace concert schedule includes more than twenty-four stops across North America throughout Summer, 2011.

Three Days Grace formed in 1992 while still in high school under the moniker "Groundswell." Lineup adjustments, a name change, and a move to Toronto, gave birth to the modern Three Days Grace. After years of performing at local bars, writing and recording material, and begging for a record deal, the band was finally noticed by the president of Jive Records who signed them in 2003. They moved to the States to record their self-titled debut which was released in 2004. Its lead off single, "I Hate Everything About You," received heavy radio airplay and has become the band's signature hit. Though the album only peaked at #69 on the Billboard 200, it managed to sell a million copies; Not bad for a debut album from a hard-rock band. Three Days Grace tour dates had the guys on the road for nearly two years to support the album and develop a following.

This constant touring and sudden fame took its toll on the band. Lead singer, Adam Gontier, developed an addition to prescription medication and voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility. The experience was emotionally charged and had an effect on the band's recordings. Following his stint at rehab, the band relocated to a cottage in their native Ontario to write, record, and experiment with new sounds for their sophomore album. The album produced songs that described the emotional and physical pain of addiction. The set, "One-X," released the singles "Pain," and "Never Too Late," and hit stores in 2006. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Three Days Grace concert dates included a co-headlining tour with Seether and Breaking Benjamin during 2007.

The band went on hiatus before returning to the studio in 2009 to record their third album, "Life Starts Now." The album signaled a new lyrical direction for the band and featured a lighter, more mature side. The title is derived from the band's belief in the human will and ability to evolve in the face of crippling challenges. The positivity paid off, and the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 becoming their highest charting album to date. It was released in 2009 and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2010 Juno Awards. Three Days Grace tour dates were booked on several high profile concert outings. They embarked on a headlining Canadian tour in 2009 followed by a co-headlining US tour with Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf in early 2010. Three Days Grace tour dates were scheduled at several festivals including Rocklahoma 2010 and the Pointfest tour in St. Louis. They finished out 2010 as the opening act for Nickelback on their Dark Horse Fall 2010 Tour. The Three Days Grace 2011 concert schedule includes a spring tour with Avenged Sevenfold and a headlining gig at Carolina Rebellion. Check out these metal rockers when they come to your area. Use Eventful as your source for information on Three Days Grace concert schedule and venue information.

The Pretty Reckless: Taylor Momsen, best known for her role as Jenny Humphrey on the CW's hit show "Gossip Girl" has decided to share her musical talents with the world.

Influences being rock/grunge bands (such as The Runaways, Hole, and Soundgarden) Momsen recruited her own band, wrote and recorded all the songs, and formed what we now know as The Pretty Reckless.

Watching her perform just one song is quite notably outstanding; so very comparable to Cherrie Currie or Courtney Love, you wouldn't believe the girl's only going into her junior year in high school.

Skillet: With an ever-evolving musical style characterized by a hard rock sound, it's hard to believe that Grammy nominated band Skillet has been playing Christian rock since 1996. However, the band's accessible music, universal lyrics, and lavish tour dates have made them hugely popular with fans of all beliefs. While Skillet has had a reputation for revolving band members, the current lineup of Jonathan Salas, John Cooper, Korey Cooper, and Jen Ledger is putting on many a memorable tour date in 2011. While concert dates for the Avalanche Tour are over, Skillet has plenty of 2011 tour dates where fans can check out new addition Jonathan Salas and the rest of Skillet live.

Skillet was formed by current lead singer and bassist John Copper (formerly of Seraph) former guitarist Ken Steorts (of Urgent Cry). The two met while on tour with their respective Tennessee bands and decided to form a side project. Skillet signed to ForeFront Records and -- in 1996 -- released their self-titled debut album. Fans enjoyed Skillet's post-grunge style and the band went on a number of concert dates around the US while writing material for their second album, Hey You, I Love Your Soul. Soon after the album's release, John's wife Korey (formerly of Alkeme) joined the band to play keyboards live and has since become a fixed and popular member of Skillet, taking on keyboards, synth, and rhythm guitar. Skillet's next album, Invincible, was released in early 2000 and became been their highest selling album to date.

Even with such a heavy workload, Skillet continued to play a number of concert dates while writing their fifth album, Alien Youth. The album's self-titled lead single was a hit on Christian charts, propelling Skillet on to a number of headlining tour dates in promotion of the album. More changes came for Skillet on their sixth album, Collide. While the electronic and rock sounds were kept, the music developed a harder sound that was offset by softer instruments like the violin, similar to Evanescence. Fans seemed to enjoy the adapted sound and the album was followed up by the release of Comatose in October of 2006. The album generated a number of hit singles that not only swarmed Christian music charts, but broke into mainstream charts as well.

Skillet's latest full-length album, Awake, was released in August of 2009. The album reached a three-way tie for the highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard Hot 200 when it reached the #2 spot. Korey Cooper released a remix of "Monster" on their podcast in 2010, and the ensuing popularity inspired the upcoming Awake and Remixed EP. Skillet can currently be found on a number of tour dates in 2011 following the Avalanche Tour, with performances lasting until the end of the year. Skillet's remaining tour dates in 2011 jump around the country a bit, going back and forth between the east and west coasts in a matter of days. After a solid concert schedule in June, July, and August, Skillet has just a few concert dates in September. Skillet has one scheduled concert date in October before scheduled 2011 tour dates end on December 30 in Lynchburg, Virginia. It's likely that Skillet will add more 2011 tour dates in the fall, so make sure to check concert dates on Eventful to see when Skillet will be in your area.

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