The odd couple of modern rock

While Jet and Papa Roach might both be considered rock bands, one might view both as different brands of the genre.

Thanks to the upcoming co-headlining tour, Jet and Papa Roach will “combine two worlds under one roof,” according to the tour’s press release.

This tour serves as an example of how, a lot of the time, bands don’t get to choose their touring partners.

“To be honest, I’ve not heard a single Papa Roach song,” said Nic Cester, lead singer and guitarist of Jet. “We have a shared management company who suggested this tour and beyond that we’re just being very open minded to try something different, rather than go around America one more time playing to the exact same people again.”

Papa Roach’s guitarist Jerry Horton mentioned the seemingly large fan anticipation for the two bands to tour together.

“Touring with Jet will be yet another new experience that we’re looking forward to,” Horton said. “I’ve been reading comments on the community, and fan response and anticipation for the pairing has been very eager to check it out, which is great.”

Cester said a percentage of Jet’s fan base is actually similar to that of Papa Roach.

“We’ve played so many shows, all different shapes and sizes. Our fan base has always been pretty interesting. We’ve always had the ability to cross quite comfortably into all sorts of different crowds,” Cester said.

Cester expressed how his band was willing to take a chance on touring with Papa Roach, regardless of the difference in followings.

“Papa Roach is Papa Roach. They do their thing but we were more concerned about us and our fans,” Cester said. “We realize that we were rolling the dice with this tour but we wanted to give it a go, like I said we’ve toured the states so many times and it could be quite soul destroying which it has been in the past, doing a tour and then realizing that you hadn’t really achieved much. In the end, what’s the greater purpose and why are you doing it all?”

Horton recalled a recent touring experience, impressing a different fan base than that of Papa Roach.

“It’s always a great challenge and rewarding to win over new fans who may not have come to see our band in particular play. For example, when we toured with Nickelback this summer, probably 80 percent of the audience had never seen us live before, and we could see the crowd coming around warming up to us as we played more songs. It was cool to have won them over before the end of our set,” Horton said.

Jet’s front man talked about the pros and cons of touring, from the traveling to the partying.

“Well the pros are the traveling, and the cons, also the traveling. Everything about touring is a double-edged sword and that’s why it’s dangerous, because you’ve just got to keep your head switched on otherwise you can get sucked into it,” Cester said.

“We’re all here because of the music and for some reason you can forget that which is ridiculous. I suddenly found myself on previous tours being there more for the parties then the actual music,” Cester said. 

While Papa Roach recently reached their 10 year anniversary as a signed band, Horton gave some insight as to what to expect from the band on the tour.

“I think we’re 10 times better live than we were starting out and we’re definitely better musicians. Plus, we’ve learned a lot about the music business in general.  We’re in a really good place right now,” Horton said.

A few of the shows on the tour will be exclusive to Papa Roach, without Jet. One of those in particular is Flint’s Machine Shop on Thursday, Oct. 29.

“I think that’s going to be one of those shows that people talk about for a long time because it’s one of those places that’s small and they pack so many people that the energy is going to be off the charts,” Horton said.

Both Jet and Papa Roach will be co-headlining a show at The Fillmore in Detroit on Sunday, Nov. 1. Opening for the bands are Kill Hannah and Aranda.

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Nic Cester and Jerry Horton participated in a press conference which included The Oakland Post on Wednesday, Oct. 21.