“Before I Die”, the new video from California rockers PAPA ROACH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s new album, “The Connection”, which sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.
Earlier this year, PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix told Loudwire about “Before I Die”: “I was going through a separation with my wife during the process of making the record. Fast forward to the present and we’re working it out now, but in the process of making this record, we were separated. I was at the end of my rope; I was in a lot of pain. This music is where I found my sanctuary, where I could express myself and just take myself out it for a second and not feel the pain and just be creative. During the process of making this song, ‘Before I Die’, I felt like everything was taken from me and I was just left out there raw and broken, it made everything clear to me, what really mattered to me.”
He added: “At the end of the day, it’s the people that I love in my life that are the most important to me and sometimes when you treat the people that you love the most the worst, that’s the wrong path. I had to take a long hard look at myself and realize how I was living my life and make those changes. Just being out there on my own and having those realizations, that’s where the song came from.”
PAPA ROACH has just completed a European tour with STONE SOUR for the band’s first extended trek since Shaddix had surgery on his vocal cords in September. Asked by the Armed Forces Network how his voice was holding up, Shaddix said, “Voice is great. I’m slaying it on the shows so far and I feel really good. I was definitely blessed to go to the right doctor and get my surgery performed by him. It was scary, but I’m good.”
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Shaddix said that during his recovery, he got to spend some time with his kids and also learn the latest musical trends. He explained, “After my surgery, I had some time at home so I was helping coach my son’s tackle football team . . . I’d turn around and they’re behind me doing the ‘Gangnam’ dance. I was like, ‘Alright, we save that for after practice.'”
Even before his vocal problems started, Shaddix admitted in several interviews that he came close to committing suicide earlier in the year as he struggled with both marital problems and falling off the wagon.
PAPA ROACH and STONE SOUR will tour the U.S. together in early 2013, on a co-headlining tour that begins on January 20 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.