In 2008 Mötley Crüe tried to restrict Papa Roach’s stage usage

Author Benedetta Baldin - 4.6.2024

During a 2008 tour, Jacoby Shaddix recalled that Mötley Crüe attempted to restrict Papa Roach‘s usage of the stage. Shaddix and guitarist Jerry Horton were asked which tour was their favourite during a live Q&A session with Q101. Horton retorted that the reason Korn‘s 2000 tour with Papa Roach was unique was because of the way the young band was handled by Korn, who had recently finished Warped Tour.

They took us under their wing. They treated us great and they set the bar for how we treated bands when we took them out. Jerry Horton

Shaddix concurred with Horton’s assessment of Korn, stating that the band never attempted to impede Papa Roach‘s performance loudness or restrict their stage area, unlike Motley Crue, who allegedly did the same to them on their 2008 Crue Fest tour. The singer said that the stage management informed Shaddix that Papa Roach was not permitted to use the wings that were attached to Crue‘s platform. Despite this, he used them, and he reported that he had multiple calls over this from management. Even though he claimed to have gotten to know most of Crue by now, he wasn’t particularly close to Neil. Shaddix was reportedly asked by Neil and Sixx how the gig went in Ohio that day, and the Crue singer commented on this.

It was in Ohio somewhere, and I remember getting offstage, I’m all sweaty and walking back to the bus. And you never see Vince [Neil] and Nikki [Sixx] together on tour, and these two dudes are walking side by side. Vince looks at me, he goes, ‘You know, next time you walk out on that wing over there, you could just walk right off this tour.’ I didn’t skip a beat, I just looked at him and said, ‘So there is a fucking way off this tour!’ I love the dudes in Motley Crue, but it was like, how are you gonna try to tell somebody to live by rules? You’re fucking Motley Crue. Like, give me a break! Jacoby Shaddix