We’ve got a winner!
And leading that charge was Colorado’s Nick Steffens, 23, who hooked Papa Roach up with what would become the cornerstone of the band’s Kick in the Teeth mantra – a crippler skateboard slam off a picnic table grind gone awry at the opening of the video that had all the band members going “That’s the one!”
“I’d tell Nick – and the rest of the Monster Army - no matter how many times you’ve been kicked when you’re down or how rough it gets out there, if you stick to your guns, chase your dreams and trudge the f@#king road, you’re going to be alright. And that’s what ‘Kick in the Teeth’ is all about,” says Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix.
Reached at his home in Grand Junction, Steffens – who’s video was submitted by his buddy Brett Buescher - was floored when told he won. “Dude, that’s sick,” said Steffens. “Brett told me he submitted it. Pretty crazy. I’d kind of forgot about it, then Brett texted me … I couldn’t believe it. We’re gonna have a blast next week.”
The winning video shows a then 18-year-old Steffens eating shit off a nollie-to-5/0 grind attempt at a local Grand Junction skateboard park, walloping his head off the concrete to the tune of an emergency room visit. “The doctors said I strained my neck muscles. All I know is that was five years ago and my neck’s still messed up. But whatever, I deal with it,” he said.
Him and his buddy Brett will also be dealing with this, courtesy of the good folks at Monster Energy:
1st place, aka the “Grand Prize” … Air, travel, lodging and tickets/backstage passes for two to the 2010 Sept. 24-26 Epicenter Festival in Fontana, Calif. … a Schecter Solo Special Guitar, of course autographed by the band … a bitchin’ Hyper BMX bike … Papa Roach concert T-shirt and Time For Annihilation – On The Record and One The Road CD … a year’s supply of Monster Energy O.G. and a custom Monster Fridge to keep it cool!
“So stoked. I’ve been listening to Papa Roach for a while. Now we get to fly out to Cali and see them play, meet them after the show. How cool is that?,” added Steffens.
In addition to Steffens’ big-time haul, Monster Energy, Papa Roach and some other cool companies kicked down with a bunch of other stuff. Check it out:
2nd place, aka the “First Loser” prize … A call from the contest winner, hanging backstage with Papa Roach and drinking Monster, saying how ‘F’in AWESOME’ things are (kidding). 2nd place pulls down a new Omatic snowboard and binders, a year’s supply of Monster and a fridge and a bunch of Papa Roach swag.
3rd place, aka the “Still Podiumed” prize … Liquid Force wakeboard … year’s supply of Monster and a fridge … Papa Roach T-shirt.
4th place prize includes a …Lost skateboard and a year’s supply of Monster and custom fridge and Papa Roach swag.
Papa Roach’s Time For Annihilation…On the Record and On the Road, which was released on August 31st via new independent label Eleven Seven Music, debuted as the #1 Independent Rock, #23 Top 200, #4 Hard Rock and #5 Alternative Album on Billboard’s charts. The New York Post proclaims “Papa’s On Fire” and hails Time For Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road as one of the “most appealing concept albums of the year.” The bands current single, “Kick in the Teeth” has remained in the Top 10 at the Active Rock format for 4-weeks straight. The album is a unique hybrid listening experience, which showcases live renditions of past hits as well as five new studio tracks produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus). The same day the album was released, all five new studio tracks were in iTunes Top 25 for downloads/sales in the rock genre. The band has included a very special hidden track on their new album, which was personally recorded by frontman Jacoby Shaddix and encourages fans to take out their phones and text a number for WhyHunger in order to donate $5 to the organization.
Papa Roach recently announced plans to join forces with Skillet and destroy crowds across the US with their Monsters of Annihilation tour beginning October 1st in Myrtle Beach, SC at The House of Blues. For more information on Papa Roach, please visit www.paparoach.com
Monster Energy supports the scene. Be it TORC, Rallycross, skate, MTB, trials, boardercross, MX, SX, surfing, BMX, go-karts, pit bikes, mountain bikes, PWC racing, off road, rally, insane distance jumping, MotoGP, road racing, supermoto, FMX, rock crawling, wake, surf, ski – name it – seems athletes and bands are rockin' Monster Energy more than anything these days. Monster Import, Import Light and DUB join all the types - Original Monster Energy, Lo-Carb Monster, Monster Assault, Monster's fruit juice hybrids dubbed Monster Khaos, Monster M-80 and Monster MIXXD, the ground-breaking Java Monster and X-Presso Monster premium coffee & cream drink line supercharged with Monster Energy's blend, 3 oz. Monster Hitman Energy Shooters, nitrous oxide injected Nitrous Monster and the new no carb/sugar Absolutely Zero. Nick Steffens and his buddy Brett Buescher will be diggin’ ‘em for an entire year! On the ‘Net at www.monsterarmy.com and www.monsterenergy.com