Seether & Papa Roach @ Terminal 5 (1/20/2015)

Logo - Seether
Logo - Papa Roach

Artist: Seether and Papa Roach
Venue: Terminal 5 (New York, NY)
Opener: Kyng, Islander
Date: 1/20/2015
Label: Concord Music Group/Eleven Seven Music

shannon lee from sirius xm radio, shannon gunz sirius xm radio

We were just about three weeks into our musical year of 2015 and I had to say that I was incredibly amused at how this evening’s show was going to be my third for the year. Yeah a little bit slow to start considering my usual schedule but believe me I have greatly enjoyed the slight breather. Anyway, there were a few reasons that I wanted to catch this show and the top two of them are because I had never ever seen either Seether or Papa Roach live in concert before. That’s right my friends, despite having seen over 1000 shows and some 2300 total acts since starting my writing adventures I have never had the chance to offer my scrutiny to these two co-headliners so it was without a doubt that I was excited. Winter was now fully upon us so I will admit that I hated the fact that this show was being held down at Terminal 5 which is about a week or so walk from the nearest subway station. However the Metal Gods were smiling as it was not as brutal as it could have been and the snow was not being forecast until sometime next week. Tonight’s show was also going to find the talented support bands of Islander and Kyng but I would not make it to their sets based on the early start time of this gig and the travel that was involved so I apologize to fans of those acts for not having anything to offer up in this narrative. Let’s get down to business.

seether, seether live photos

seether, seether live photos

Seether: Before Seether hit the stage, the audience were treated with a visit from the rocking Sirius XM radio personality Shannon Gunz who had come out to say how stoked she and the rest of the radio staff were about the show. If I heard her correctly it seemed that this show was being simulcast or at least being recorded for a future use on the network. One of these days I am going to have to sign-up for an account so I don’t miss any cool stuff that is coming down the pike. On the stage there was a reasonably sized skeletal head of a deer or something and I had to chuckle upon seeing it since it reminded me of the Finnish Folk Metal band Korpiklaani who used to have this very same thing until it went missing…..hey wait a minute. Only kidding since I am sure that these are two different ones. So where was I? Oh yes about to enjoy my very first go round at a Seether set. Now the band had just recently released their latest album entitled “Isolate and Medicate” which comes care of The Bicycle Music Company and at the time of my watching this show I had not yet heard a single tune. My first go round with Seether musically was with their “Disclaimer II” album on Wind-Up Records so a slight sigh of relief came upon me as the band opened up with “Gasoline”, the first track that I ever heard from them in the first place. Back then I felt that there was a strong Nirvana vibe to the band based on the vocals of singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan. Next up was “Rise Above This” from their “Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces” and while I had never heard the track before since I seemed to have missed that album, I was able to sing along as they played and that is never a bad thing. Tune three found more familiar territory with “Fine Again”, one of my favorites but still a close second to “Broken” which came up next. Newbies might like that this tune on record features Amy Lee of Evanescence as the two singers were once involved. It’s a standout tune that remains powerful long after this partnership had ended. There was not a whole lot of talking tonight and I guess that this was due to the fact that with each band getting a set time to perform that it was more important to deliver a lot of music. I am totally fine with that.

seether, seether live photos

seether, seether live photos

From the new album we got four songs in total and I was happy to find it having the same vibe as the material that I had already know and this is also great for their fans since it keeps them locked into the sound without any confusion. I was also pretty cool with only three songs being showcased since Seether has a handful of albums that need addressing during the night and more fans want to hear a wide variety of tracks as opposed to only new stuff. Some bands have been known to force new material down the audience throats but the artists need to realize that it’s not always the best move for a show. When it came to the end of the Seether set they would choose “Remedy” from their “Karma and Effect” album as the closer. Based on the time it seemed like they played about 70 minutes or so and they sure did leave their fans wanting more but this was all that they were getting. As the equipment was moved offstage and the setting for Papa Roach began I noticed some groups of fans leaving the venue and this was not to the smoking area but towards the exit. I never understood that since you paid for the full priced ticket and while you might like one band more than another, you might as well also stay and enjoy yourself. Now onto Papa Roach, my second “first” for the evening.

seether, seether live photos

seether, seether live photos

Papa Roach: For those who were just only getting into place for this part of the night and there were some folks doing that, it was not much longer than an hour ago that we had an introduction of Seether by Shannon of Sirius XM radio. The newest Papa Roach album is entitled F.E.A.R. which means “Face Everything And Rise” and I had to say that I liked that standpoint from the band. It’s a powerful statement that can speak volumes to their youthful audience. They would open up with that album’s title track and seemed to get everyone right into the mix by doing so. The album was officially being released next week but I am assuming that the Sirius XM people had been spinning it in advance for a few weeks now because when I glanced at the fans they were singing along with dynamic front man Jacoby Shaddix. After the second tune had played out Jacoby polled his ardent admirers and mentioned how this was the 15th year since “Infest” was released and that they were bringing out some old stuff tonight. With that we got “Between Angels and Insects”, the first of four of the bands tunes from their 2000 debut.

jacoby shaddix, papa roach, papa roach live photos,

jacoby shaddix, papa roach, papa roach live photos,

Since Shaddix is only responsible for the microphone in Papa Roach whereas Morgan of Seether needs to work out the guitar, he was able to be all over the stage and right up in his fans faces. Several of them came over the barricade where my fellow photographers and are fortunate enough to be for a few songs and from the looks of it many of them were able to get a hand slap or fish bump from Shaddix after doing so. As I had stressed earlier, Papa Roach was never one of the bands that I followed but I was liking what I was witnessing this evening and when the intro to “Broken Home” began with the Eminem song “Lose Yourself” I was in a comfortable space as I recalled that was a song I really liked and remembered the video for. Clearly I was going to be seeking out their greatest hits package as soon as possible since this was proving to be quite the good time. When “Still Swingin’” was delivered I recalled seeing a fan with those words on her wrist and had to smile that sometimes these songs mean so much that they place the titles or a particular lyric in tattoo form. That has to impact the band for sure and reinforce just how important their audience is by having that effect. Papa Roach would close up the whole night by smashing through their megahit “Last Resort” and it was totally a show stopping tune. Sadly that would also be it with no last minute surprises or additional tunes. However despite this the audience really seemed sated and as I looked over the notes it seemed that I also knew more tunes than I had realized.

jacoby shaddix, papa roach, papa roach live photos,

jacoby shaddix, papa roach, papa roach live photos,

Though I had missed both Kyng and Islander, I was feeling accomplished at finally having caught Seether and Papa Roach since both delivered such a solid set that were each loaded with sufficient new tunes against the songs that have become classics to their diehard fans. Will I be checking out these two acts again in the future you might be wondering? Well, I am pretty certain that my answer is yes and you should also take a chance if you have the opportunity. There are still a couple of weeks left on the run so you have a shot at this depending on your location.

Seether Set List:
1. Gasoline
2. Rise Above This
3. Fine Again
4. Broken
5. My Disaster
6. Words As Weapons
7. Same Damn Life
8. Country Song
9. Save Today
10. Tonight
11. Fake It
12. Remedy

Papa Roach Set List:
1. Face Everything and Rise
2. Getting Away with Murder
3. Between Angels and Insects
4. Where Did the Angels Go?
5. Broken Home
6. Burn
7. Forever
8. Scars
9. Lifeline
10. Infest
11. Kick in the Teeth
12. Broken as Me
13. Still Swingin’
14. …To Be Loved
15. Last Resort

Official Website: www.seether.com
Official Website: www.paparoach.com

Here’s a couple more Papa Roach photos from the night along with some fans, merchandise and other observances. A larger gallery will be posted on the site shortly.

jacoby shaddix, papa roach, papa roach live photos,

jacoby shaddix, papa roach, papa roach live photos,

seether, seether live photos

fans at papa roach seether show, the fans

fans at papa roach seether show, the fans

fans at papa roach seether show, the fans

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