Tony Palermo (Papa Roach): 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Tony Palermo (Papa Roach): 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Rock & roll mainstays Papa Roach are out with a new record today (May 19) titled Crooked Teeth and, to mark the occasion, we chatted with drummer Tony Palermo about some of the albums that have shaped him.

Recently, Palermo has been into the likes of Royal Blood, Anderson .Paak and Muse (he just took his nine-year-old son to see the latter), but a lot of the drummer’s influences run deep. Check ‘em out below.

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KISS, Alive II

My mom was always jamming the radio and I picked up a lot of funk and R&B and just straight-up rock when I was a kid. I remember one of the first records I got was KISS’ Alive II. You open the record and it was a double album and they have their stage setup in the middle of it and I was just like…I would just sit there and stare at that thing for hours. It was pretty monumental for me. Still, when I see the cover, it just gets me so excited. That was my first concert was well; when I was like nine my mom took me to see KISS and I think that just really solidified my attraction to music. I was like, ‘I’m going to do this. That’s amazing.’

Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life

That was a big record. He’s such a talented man. I don’t know if a lot of people know this, but he was a drummer as well on a lot of his records. It’s funny when you see drummers cite him as one of their influences, because people are like, ‘Wait, he plays keyboards and sings.’ It’s like, ‘No, he plays drums, too.’

Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers

I think all of us pride ourselves on having so many influences, not just listening to rock music or whatever. We like a lot of hardcore. We like hip-hop. 36 Chambers… I’m pretty sure that changed all of our lives.

Led Zeppelin, any record

Of course Zeppelin, for me, being a drummer, they’re up there. I think pretty much any Zeppelin record would do it for me. It was such a steadying thing for me just to hear that.

Foo Fighters, The Colour and the Shape

That was a big one for me. Just to hear Dave Grohl break out from the whole Nirvana thing and create his whole thing was pretty amazing. We all think that he’s a very talented person and I hear he’s a very great guy as well. He’s not an asshole — that’s great!

(Photo Credit: Bryson Roatch)

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