Papa Roach Fork Over Green For Grass

Band forced to pay for damaged lawn at New Jersey venue after inciting crowd to tear up turf.

Group landscaping is definitely not one of Papa Roach's finer points.

The Northern California quartet was required to pay for damage done to the lawn of the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, after frontman Coby Dick incited the crowd to tear up the turf during their Ozzfest set Saturday, according to the band's publicist.

The total amount of the bill wasn't disclosed by either the publicist or spokespeople for Clear Channel Entertainment, the amphitheater's promoter, as company policy mandates that all agreements made between the venue and artists be kept private.

Toward the end of their rainy afternoon set, Dick urged the crowd to prove their mettle with an exercise in brutal grounds keeping that lasted nearly 20 minutes. As the band lurched into its breakthrough single "Last Resort," the mud throwing melee reached its apex, with roughly a few hundred fans slinging sod.

The mayhem stopped only after Ozzfest master of ceremonies, the self-destructive Reverend B. Dangerous, instructed the crowd that if the lawn war continued, the remainder of the show — Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Black Sabbath — would be canceled.

The venue made Papa Roach foot the bill for repairing the damaged lawn, cleaning up the mud-splattered amphitheater and hiring additional security to prevent the same thing from happening the following day.

Ozzfest 2001 drew to a close at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Sunday.