What in the world of wallet chains happened back in 2000 that prevented Papa Roach from embarking on a run of headline shows in Australia?

They have been in our country, sure: they supported RHCP in 2002, and played Soundwave 2015, but unless you enjoy funk songs about sex and California, or braved the Soundwave heat, this might be your first chance to see the guys as they hit Australia to play two (announced so far) intimate shows.

The band play January 22, 2018, at Melbourne’s 170 Russell and January 24, 2018 at Sydney’s Metro Theatre.

Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix says of the forthcoming dates: “This is the first time we have been able to bring our show to the people of Australia. We know that Aussies are some of the best fans in the world and we have not been able to tour there as much as we had hoped but our label Sony convinced us that we had to come over and start the process to build our base and we are more than ready for the challenge.

“The internet has been a great tool and our fans are still finding us through YouTube and now Spotify helping us regenerate our audience after nearly 20 years as a band. Our streaming numbers are pretty undeniable and they are growing rapidly.”

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 11 October from metrotheatre.com.au (Sydney) and 170russell.com (Melbourne).