Papa Roach

Papa Roach

Otherwise, Kingshifter

Thu, January 31, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance - $25 Day of Show

This event is all ages

All tickets are general admission. A limited number of table reservations are available for groups of 4 or more thru The Cotillion box office in person or by calling (316) 722-4201.

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Papa Roach - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Papa Roach
“This record is about all the connections I have in my life,” says Jacoby Shaddix, frontman for Papa Roach. “It’s what I feel with my band, with music, with myself, with friends and with our fans when we come together. When we connect, we all become something greater.”
Which helps explains The Connection, the title of Papa Roach’s seventh album and first full-length studio record for Eleven Seven Music. It's a remarkably modern record that both solidifies the hard rock group’s signature sound – big choruses, loud guitars, raw introspection – while sonically taking a great leap ahead.
Exploring new musical territory is nothing new for the California band (rounded out by Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo), which over the course of almost two decades has released an impressively diverse string of Gold, Platinum and Multi- Platinum records, starting with 2000’s Infest (featuring their breakout single “Last Resort”) through 2009’s top 10 album Metamorphosis. In that time, Papa Roach has racked up dozens of hits, including “She Loves Me Not,” “Getting Away with Murder,” “Scars,” “...To Be Loved,” “Forever,” “Lifeline” and “Kick in the Teeth."
The only thing those songs have in common? A refusal to stand put and play it safe.
“I look back on this band's history, and we’ve changed so much,” says Esperance, Papa Roach's bassist. “We’ve gone from spastic punk rock kids to grown men with kids, families, wives, from no money to big hits to battling addiction. We’ve done it all together, and we’re still changing, still evolving and figuring it out -- lyrically and musically.”
Interestingly, The Connection ended up a far different record than was originally envisioned. “The theme of the record is that I’m fucked up and getting my life back together,” explains Shaddix. “I didn’t originally want to write about all the dark stuff going on in my life – I wanted to be positive and uplifting. But our producer [James Michael] was like “write what’s going on in your life. It’s falling apart? Write about it! That’s why this album is so personal and dark.”
"Working with James was really, really cool," adds Horton. "He's a great musician and understands not just how to write a song, but he always got where we were coming from and what the main staples of our sound are."
While dealing with tumultuous personal issues, the band also wanted to test new waters. “We're always inspired by new sounds,” says Esperance. “We wanted to add some electronics and do something really exciting with that. It’s a natural progression.”
“Tobin loves hard electronic music,” adds Shaddix. “And if one person is passionate in this group, the rest of us will go along on that ride. And I think it's catapulting us into this fourth dimension of rock music, pushing our boundaries wider and farther.”
Recorded over several months at the band's Sacramento-based home studio -- The Red House, their first full-length album recorded there -- with producer James Michael, The Connection does embrace a strong digital element, while never losing site of the band’s ferocious energy. "We were able to take our time on this record, and in terms of progress in the band's career, I think it's a leap forward for us," says Palermo.
Tracks on The Connection range from fast 'n furious (“Where Did the Angels Go”) to moody and introspective (“As Far As I Remember”), touching on melodic alt-rock (“Breathe You In”) and even a few nods to the group’s hip-hop past in “Won't Let Up” and the first single, the John Feldmann-produced “Still Swingin'.”
“[Swingin'] was the last song we made for the record,” says Shaddix. “It’s about overcoming your largest obstacle/mountain/hurdle. We wanted a song to encapsulate that spirit, something so fiery and with a sense of 'I’m still alive.' And we made it the first track, this positive energy, before leading you down a rather dark hole.”
Despite the grim themes of the record – from the battleground imagery in “Leader of the Broken Hearts” to recounting the painful dissolution of Shaddix’s relationship in “Walking Dead,” an air of determination fills the record. “It’s really about, if I can come out of all this pain and to the other side, anyone can,” says Shaddix.
The band will release the record this fall and tour extensively, including a stint on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. And it's on the road where the band recognizes its music is actually, as the album title suggests, making the biggest connection.
“I love what we have with our audience,” says Shaddix. “Papa Roach is four people who come together to make this bigger thing, and our fans become a part of that. It just gets bigger, and then it goes around the world. The connection music makes – it’s fucking magical.”
Otherwise - (Set time: 8:50 PM)
Las Vegas will always be the city of sin, but it means a lot more to OTHERWISE.
While the rest of us go there to let off steam, roll the dice and enjoy the eye candy, OTHERWISE grew up in the shadows of all the bright lights and broken dreams. Las Vegas is their home, and it's where they've lived life, faced death, and climbed the mountain of trials and tribulations that have become True Love Never Dies, their debut album for Century Media Records.
"We weren't as aggressive when my brother and I first started jamming, but then things started to happen – people died, relationships ended and life got more real," says OTHERWISE frontman Adrian Patrick. Despite being raised in a tight-knit family, Adrian only started playing music with his brother – guitarist Ryan Patrick – a few short years ago. "Our writing was a lot simpler when we started, but as circumstances forced us to grow up, our music matured with us. Tragedies and loss are part of life, and our music is one of the ways we maintain a positive outlook despite the setbacks."
Nowhere is that more evident than on the band's breakthrough single, "Soldiers." The song began as a metaphor for the battle that unsigned bands go through to get their message heard as artists, then quickly transformed into an anthem for everyone living on the front-lines of life. "When I started writing the lyrics, I was staring at my bandmates and thinking that they are my brothers in arms," says the singer. "It was going to be our anthem, but by the time I finished I realized it was an anthem for our whole nation. We are all soldiers fighting for something, whether it's to put food on the table, to be heard, or just to be happy. Every soldier is human, and we're all human."
Already hailed by Fox News as the No. 1 unsigned band in America, "Soldiers" became the song that brought the local Vegas rockers to the national spotlight. Hand-picked to perform alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on the mainstage of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in October 2011, MTV Headbangers Ball host and Sirius XM DJ Jose Mangin was so impressed by OTHERWISE that he immediately added "Soldiers" into rotation on Sirius XM's Octane channel.
In a matter of weeks, the track reached the top of Octane's charts, the single sold more than 10,000 units independently, and Las Vegas' best-kept secret was making tremors at a national level. They signed with Century Media Records in December, began recording their debut album with acclaimed producer Jay Baumgardner [Godsmack, Bush, Papa Roach, Seether, Sevendust, P.O.D.] at his NRG Studios in January, and in February embarked on their first national tour as a band, opening for Pop Evil.
"Soldiers" is the first time America is hearing OTHERWISE, but it's not the first time they're hearing Adrian Patrick, who was the featured male vocalist on the In This Moment single "The Promise," from the band's 2010 album A Star-Crossed Wasteland. Patrick was asked to record a scratch vocal for the song, so producer Kevin Churko could shop the track to more established vocalists... However, the results were so good his vocals ended up making the final cut, and his duet with In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink was promoted and performed on each date of 2010's Mayhem Tour. "Ryan and I followed Mayhem around in our Mom's decade-old minivan," says Adrian, who hit the road with his brother and put 17,000 miles on the vehicle, paying for gas by walking into the crowd and selling CDs on every date of the tour. "We had to send the van off to a junkyard right before Thanksgiving – I had a lump in my throat."
OTHERWISE aren't the first band to put their blood, sweat and tears into their music, but they are the only band who could have made True Love Never Dies – the 11-track debut is a testament to their perseverance in the face of adversity, and a living, breathing tribute to their cousin, who died shortly before they signed with Century Media. "Our cousin had those words tattooed on his neck, so now we're holding onto that idea, and the belief that true love never dies," explains Ryan of the album title.
On an album ripe with anthems, "Scream Now" and "Vegas Girl" are arena ready - the first a call to arms for everyone to scream out in unison (for loved ones, lost ones and life), while the latter is a testimonial of sorts – not pointed at any one girl in particular, but definitely targeting a particular "type" of girl. One of the album's more emotional moments is "1000 Pictures (I Don't Apologize)." "We wrote that song one night in Hollywood," says Ryan, "the chords came, the melodies came, heartbreak came right after... and the lyrics were written. It's an anthem for the heartbroken."
"When we look back at the songs and their subject matter, calling the album True Love Never Dies was very fitting," says Adrian. "We've worked really hard to get to this point, and this album is proof that hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of talent can take you a long way." Adds his brother Ryan, "we're at the foot of Everest now – we've been climbing the small desert hills in Vegas, now it's time for the mountain..."
Kingshifter - (Set time: 8:00 PM)