Theory of a Deadman will replace Papa Roach as the band playing Friday night’s Douglas County Fair, Douglas County Fairgrounds Director Harold Phillips announced today.
“I’m very happy, really relieved. I’m very sorry for the Papa Roach fans, but I’m very pleased that we’re able to offer them an alternative band that we think and hope that they will come to the fair and enjoy,” Phillips said.
People with tickets for Papa Roach will be able to use those tickets to attend the concert, and additional tickets are available for Theory of a Deadman.
Papa Roach canceled last week due to lead singer Jacoby Shaddix having surgery on his vocal chords last Thursday. Shaddix is expected to make a full recovery, but was advised by doctors to cancel his Douglas County show, as well as shows planned in Illinois and Alaska, to give his vocal muscles time to heal.
Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian band that blends post-grunge and alternative rock with a bit of country. Hit songs have included “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife.”
The band performed at the 2012 Douglas County Fair to a sold out audience.
“They’re a great band,” Phillips said.
News of the replacement drew widespread praise from commenters on The News-Review Facebook page.
“Good save,” Tristin Godsey said.
“Now that’s an upgrade,” Troy Russell said.
Phillips said he’s grateful the band will return to fill the hole left when Papa Roach backed out.
“We’re very happy that they accepted our offer and are coming to help us out, making a trip out here on short notice,” he said.
Refunds will be given to people with Papa Roach tickets who do not wish to attend the Theory of a Deadman show. Ticket holders will be notified of their options by email or phone call. All refund transactions must be completed before noon Wednesday.
About 1,000 seats had been sold for the Papa Roach performance, and very few have canceled since the announcement Saturday, Phillips said. He said he thinks most ticket holders were waiting to see what the replacement band would be.
This was the second time in two years that the fair received a last-minute cancellation. Seether backed out one day before its scheduled 2016 performance.