Papa Roach Released an Updated Version of ‘Tightrope,’ a Hidden Track on 2000’s ‘Infest’; New Album in the Works

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This past weekend, Papa Roach surprised fans with a newly updated version of an old song, “Tightrope.”

It’s always been something of a fan favorite, and as a treat for the fan base that has kept the Vacaville, Calif.-based group around two decades later, Papa Roach dropped the new version on Saturday:

“Tightrope” closed out the Infest album with a decidedly different feel from the angsty rap/rock of the rest of the record, while still echoing some of the album’s emotionally charged subject matter:

There is a thin line between what is good and what is evil
And, I will tiptoe down that line, but I will feel unstable
My life is a circus and I am tripping down that tightrope
Well, there is nothing to save me now, so I will not look down

“Tightrope” has existed for a while in the band’s history. The song, which started out in demo form as an aggressive rocker, was tacked on to the end of Infest, Papa Roach’s 2000 major label debut as a bonus/hidden track. Infest peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than seven million copies worldwide, buoyed by the standout single, “Last Resort.”

Papa Roach unleashed the new recording of the song after a special Infest anniversary live stream concert, which aired on Saturday, June 20 from the band’s studio in Sacramento.

While the band tries to find ways to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, front man Jacoby Shaddix said in a recent interview that Papa Roach signed a new record deal and is hoping to release a new album in early 2021.

When released, the new record will be the follow-up to 2019’s Who Do You Trust?, which featured the single “Come Around” — a song with a moving music video capturing the ability of music to bring people together.


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