NME CARLING AWARDS – THE NAKED TRUTH!

Singer Coby Dick enthuses about the gig at London's Astoria in our exclusive video report...

The NME CARLING AWARDS SHOWS got off to an explosive start at the LONDON ASTORIA last night (January 29), with live performances from APARTMENT 26, (HED)PE and headliners PAPA ROACH – whose singer COBY DICK stripped onstage and threw his clothes into the audience.

To see for yourself what Coby thought of the show, [url=]click here for our exclusive video interview.

Papa Roach’s set consisted mainly of material from their debut album, ‘Infest’. Singer Coby Dick spent much of the show stagediving, and jumping into the speaker stacks. During ‘Last Resort’ he had his belt ripped off while crowd surfing, and following the last song, he took off his top and trousers and threw them into the crowd. He then stood on the stage in just his underwear, waving triumphantly to the crowd before leaving backstage.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM after the show, Dick was enthusiastic about his band’s performance. He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been possessed to take off my clothes and give them to the crowd at the end of a show! But tonight I was genuinely moved by what went down. I jumped in the crowd and this kid had me by the belt and a security guard had me under my arms pulling me and it just snapped…that’s rock’n’roll!”

Orange County’s (Hed)pe also performed at the Astoria show before Papa Roach, and attracted an equal number of fans. Speaking to NME.COM, singer Jahred said he was “flattered” by the reception his band got at the NME Carling Awards show. He said: “The gig was beautiful, the best ever in the UK. We got to play in front of Papa Roach’s fans who gave us a lot of love and we got to play for our fans and there was a lot of energy in the house.

“We find it very flattering. It doesn’t matter that a lot of the people are there to see Papa Roach because they gave us a lot of love. Tomorrow we’re going to kick it up a notch, make it a little more psycho.”

Both bands and Apartment 26 will play a second NME Carling Awards show this evening (January 30), and Coby Dick told NME.COM that Papa Roach are considering radically changing their set so as to keep the fans who are going to both shows entertained. He said: “Tomorrow night we play again. The thing about tomorrow night is we don’t know if we should play the same set because we want to make it new…I think we’re going to pull it off, two nights at one joint. It’s special here because it’s personal.”

Papa Roach are also to headline a show at London Brixton Academy on April 16 as part of the One Live In London weekend. The gig , part of a weekend of music in the capital sponsored by Radio 1, was announced by Steve Lamacq on air last night.