Papa Roach lose drummer to 'personal matters'

has reported that nu-metal survivors Papa Roach have parted company with drummer Dave Buckner. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix said the folloing:

"We are going through a lot of changes right now... Change is good — it keeps things fresh. For y'all that don't know, we had to split with Dave [Buckner], our drummer. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. He's taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis."

"The road is a hard place to live, and if you are falling apart, it will destroy you."

"He will be missed. But, on the other hand, life must go , and if you know anything about Papa Roach, adversity is the fuel for the flame. Nothing will ever stop us."

Buckner originally took a break from touring with Papa Roach in the spring of 2007 due to what a press release called "personal matters," but singer Jacoby Shaddix gave The Pulse of Radio the straight story.

"Dave, he went to rehab and went to go clean his act up 'cause he was out of his f***ing mind," Shaddix explained. "We were kind of tripping for a minute, but we were like, 'You know what? The best thing is for our friend to just get healthy, you know, get right.' My boy D-Boy's just gotta do a little soul-searching, you know? 'Cause I've been through that same s*** myself, and I've been down that road and that whole nine and it's like, you know, I know how miserable you could get."

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.