Jacoby Shaddix

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Talks Getting Disciplined By Sharon Osbourne On 2001 ‘Ozzfest’: “I Left Like A Scared Child”


Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix has a history of being unfiltered when it comes to expressing himself. Look no further than this 2014 interview for proof of that. For his recent participation in Forbes‘s ‘Who I Am’ series, he continued that trend, revealing that his now 19-year-old son was actually conceived during his band’s run on the 2001 ‘Ozzfest‘ tour.

Shaddix spoke of that, as well as being detained by the police for inciting a riot on that tour during the August 11th, 2001 stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. According to Shaddix, the repercussions he faced from Sharon Osbourne as a result were worse than his detainment. Reflecting on that tour, he offered:

“Being out on Ozzfest and watching Ozzy connect with the crowd every night. Sharing the stage with Linkin Park and really getting to know those guys out on that tour. And I got my wife pregnant on Ozzfest. That was pretty cool. I learned some other hard lessons there.

I got reprimanded by Sharon Osbourne one night. I started a riot in New Jersey on Ozzfest. And I attempted to escape the grounds with my A&R in the trunk of his Town Car. I came back to the site and I got arrested for inciting a riot. The cops detained me and then they let me go.

That was all fine and dandy until I had to go into Sharon Osbourne’s office. And she laid down the law. I left like a scared child. I was like, ‘Alright, cool don’t think I’ll ever start a riot again at a festival.’ It was a valuable lesson for me to learn as a young artist, because we were on the way to the top at that point. I needed for somebody to put me in a check because I was out of control.”

Digging back into archives, the incident he mentioned above occurred after Shaddix encouraged fans on the lawn to throw mud towards the stage, which also began to hit people in the seated area. The mud flinging led to numerous fights erupting amid the audience and the show being stopped until the crowd had settled down.

Looking back now, Shaddix‘s actions seem tame in comparison to American Head Charge firing actual shotguns, burning American flags and even performing naked onstage during that year of the festival.

You can find more from Shaddix on the defining moments in his life and some word on Papa Roach‘s next studio album over at

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