Vince Neil Threatened Papa Roach With An Ultimatum: ‘Obey Or Leave!’

Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix and guitarist Jerry Horton performed an acoustic performance and answered questions at ‘The Lounge’ at Chicago’s alternative rock station Q101.

While Shaddix was naming his favorite tour, the rocker revealed the one band that didn’t let them use a particular part of the stage: Mötley Crüe. He explained what happened in the 2008 tour:

“We did a tour with Mötley Crüe. And they had these wings. It was ‘Crüe Fest’. It was sick, dude. And I had befriended the guys in the band. And I didn’t know Vince very well. And there were these wings out on the side, and they were, like… The stage manager comes over and he goes, ‘You can’t use the wings.”

He then explained how he responded to Neil’s request:

“I’m, like, ‘Don’t tell me [not] to do it, ’cause I will.’ So I’m out there on the wing doing my thing. And it’s, like, halfway through the tour, and I continue to not listen. And I’m getting calls from management and this and that. And we get off and we’re in — it was in Ohio somewhere. And I remember getting off stage I’m all sweaty. I’m walking back to the bus. And you never see Vince and Nikki [Sixx] together on tour.”

Vince Neil’s Threats

The Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil apparently threatened him with kicking them off the tour:

“And these two dudes are walking side by side, and they stop and they’re, like, ‘Hey, how’d the show go?’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, it was banging, dude. What’s up?’ Vince looks at me, and he goes, ‘You know, next time you walk out on that wing over there, you could just walk right off this tour.'”

However, this didn’t seem to bother Shaddix:

“And I didn’t skip a beat, and I just looked at him. I said, ‘So there is a f*cking way off this tour.’ I just walked away. And I’m, like, ‘Man…’ I love the dudes in Mötley Crüe, but it was, like, ‘How are you gonna try to tell somebody to live by rules? You’re f*cking Mötley Crüe. Give me a break.’ Like, nah, dude. You can’t. Nah, it’s, like, it just don’t work.”

Did They Work It Out?


The tour went on with some tension. However, Shaddix later made it clear that there was no tension between them after the shows:

“And then they had us back on the second ‘Crüe Fest’. So it didn’t burn the bridge. It was a good time, man. They even had me on a song of theirs, ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’. I got to go up and sing with them and almost get burnt by pyro every night. I’m like, ‘Where is it coming from?’ I’m like, ‘Guess, kid.'”

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