Papa Roach Singer Gives Update On Guitarist's Recovery

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Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix has given Romania's Rock FM an update on guitarist Jerry Horton, who is sitting out the band's European tour after breaking two fingers in his left hand.

Asked about Horton's status, Shaddix answered, "They put eight pins in his finger. So he's actively recovering right now -- he's doing physical therapy. It should take five to six weeks for him to recover completely. He had to go in and get surgery, and they had to reconstruct his bone . . . For a guitar player, that's very frightening."

Horton recently surprised the band by showing up for a concert in Munich, Germany, with Shaddix saying, "(He) didn't tell anybody in the band . . . he came and hung out with the band for a week. And that was really cool. It was good to see him. 'Cause we'd never stepped on stage without Jerry -- Jerry's always been the guitar player."

Shaddix told us a while back that Papa Roach gives everything it has when the band hits the stage: ["That's what it's all about. I mean, we're out there on the road and it's about stepping on the deck and putting everything we have in our lives and leaving it there on the deck every night. And that's the thing about this band that I think our fans love, is that we bring the ruckus live."] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . the ruckus live.)

Horton's temporary replacement for the trek is Anthony Esperance, the brother of Papa Roach bassist Tobin Esperance, who's been touring with the band as a back-up guitarist, keyboardist and singer.