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12th July 2012

papa roach

Papa Roach are releasing the details of their new upcoming disc in instalments. A few weeks ago, the band announced a release date of October 2nd for the new release and have now confirmed the title of the album will be 'The Connection'.

The first single from 'The Connection' premiered at Major League Baseball All Stars Home Run Derby on ESPN. The aptly titled 'Still Swingin' fits so perfectly with the baseball theme that it will be featured over the course of the next few weeks during select MLB games broadcast on ESPN.

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If you missed the Home Run Derby, you can get a listen to the song in the video below. The clip goes behind the scenes of the upcoming video for 'Still Swingin' filmed in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The zombie-themed video was thought up by frontman Jacoby Shaddix's 7-year-old son, Shaddix explained: "It's a post-apocalyptic world, one last person still alive and he's just going about his day killing zombies like it ain't no thing. I really think that that just kind of like sums the vibe on the song. It's like at the end of the day P-Roach is still here killin' it, years later, and we are still swingin', we are still killin' it, and this video captures the spirit of that."

The single will be officially released on July 24th and Papa Roach will be taking part in the third annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Godsmack, Shinedown and Staind. Check out all the dates here.

8/17 – Kansas City, Mo. – Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone *
8/18 – Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas State Fairgrounds (KDJE Radio Show) *
8/19 – St. Louis, Mo. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre **
8/21 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Rock The Rapids (downtown) main stage bands only
8/22 – Chicago, Ill. – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre *
8/24 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center *
8/25 – Syracuse, N.Y. – TBA
8/26 – Mansfield, Mass. – Comcast Center *
8/28 – Scranton, Pa. – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain *
8/29 – Buffalo, N.Y. – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center **
8/31 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – First Niagara Pavilion *
9/1 – Saratoga, N.Y. – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
9/2 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live *
9/5 – Simpsonville, S.C. – Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park *
9/7 – Detroit, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre ***
9/8 – Noblesville, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center ****
9/9 – Cleveland, Ohio – Blossom Music Center ***
9/11 – Raleigh, N.C. – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek ***
9/12 – Atlanta, Ga. – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood ***
9/13 – Tampa, Fla. – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre ***
9/15 – Houston, Texas – Woodlands Pavilion ****
9/16 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion ***
9/18 – Denver, Colo. – Comfort Dental Amphitheater *****
9/19 – Salt Lake City, Utah – USANA Amphitheatre ***
9/21 – Spokane, Wash. – Greyhound Park and Events Center ***
9/22 – Auburn, Wash. – White River Amphitheatre ***
9/23 – Portland, Ore. – Sleep Country Amphitheater ***
9/25 – Boise, Idaho – Idaho Center Amphitheater ***
9/29 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion ****
9/30 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion ****

*Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
**Fozzy and Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
***In This Moment will not be performing at this show
****In This Moment and Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
*****Fozzy, Redlight King and In This Moment will not be performing at this show



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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