The Rocklahoma Files: Tony Palermo & Jerry Horton of Papa Roach
The Rocklahoma Files:
Tony Palermo & Jerry Horton of Papa Roach
One really fun part about Rocklahoma was spending some time in the Media Tent, chatting with the bands. They were typically very pressed for time, talking with radio stations and journalists, so we’d have 2-5 minutes max.
Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermo and guitarist Jerry Horton took some time to talk to TheyWillRockYou.com about recording in mansions, things people don’t know about them and their favorite comics!
Current projects you’re psyched about?
We are currently on the road supporting Time For Annihilation, our last release. It’s going well, got a couple more months. Then we’ll break, to write a new record.
So – recording in a mansion?! You’re doing that? What inspired you to do that – Zeppelin? Aerosmith?
Yeah – all those guys! We just thought – you know – time to do it. We were in a position to be able to do it, and it’s an experience we want to have. It’s this house that was built by an oil [heiress] back in the 1930’s. It’s on the highest hill in L.A., and it’s got a 270-degree view of L.A. From one side you can see the Hollywood sign, from the west you can see the water, and the other side you can see downtown.
How is that vibe different than recording in a studio?
There’s more space, we can live there, it’s available 24-hrs. It let us live together, we could be creative any time, and the best thing about it was that we weren’t in this little box for eight hours a day. It was a great experience. It was a little haunted! Couple things here and there – nothing like out of a horror movie.
What are a couple things that people don’t know about you guys?
Tony: A couple of us like to golf! Yeah, like Alice Cooper – except we’re probably not as good! He told me he’s been sponsor for 20 years. He plays golf every day – even show days.
Jerry: I’m a car guy. Been a car guy all my life. Into 1950’s customs, and fast cars.
Tony: Hot Rod Horton!”
What’s the craziest shit you’ve seen on tour?
Jerry: umm….” [looks at Tony] “What can we talk about?
Tony: Certain women…
Jerry: OK, let’s talk about this: the biggest show we’ve ever done was in Poland. It was Polish Woodstock…and when we got the offer, it said, there’s capacity of 500,000 people. And we thought, it’s gotta be a typo, it’s gotta be 50,000. And when we got there, it was 350,000 people! We headlined the show. We were the only American band. And it was really unbelievable.”
Tony: I’ve never seen that many people in one area.
Favorite comics, cartoons, TV shows?
Tony: Don Rickles!
Jerry: Mitch Hedberg, Jim Gaffigan, Joe Rogan.
Check out our gallery of live photos from Papa Roach’s set at Rocklahoma HERE!