Nickelback, who were named Billboard’s ‘Group of Decade’ and kicked off 2010 by performing at the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. They have extended their Dark Horse World Tour. The next leg of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin on September 14 in Nashville and will run through October 30 in Las Vegas. Three Days Grace and Buckcherry will join Nickelback on these dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 17 at LiveNation.com.
“The Dark Horse World Tour” has been a smashing success, as all previous legs have been completely sold out. Since 2009, Nickelback have sold more than 1.6 million tickets and have played more than 120 global shows.
“Our fans have been amazing all over the world from Japan to New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, the UK and North America,” said Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. “Our fans keep us going and we are excited to play 25 more dates in the US with Three Days Grace and Buckcherry.”
The dates for the September-October leg of “The Dark Horse World Tour” are as follows:
Sept 14 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Sept 15 – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Ft. Wayne, IN
Sept 17 – Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 18 – Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Sept 21 – HSBC Arena – Buffalo, NY
Sept 22 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
Sept 24 – Comcast Center for the Performing Arts – Mansfield, MA
Sept 25 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA
Sept 28 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Sept 29 – Izod Center – East Rutherford, NJ
Oct 01 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Oct 02 – Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
Oct 08 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
Oct 10 – Verizon Arena – Little Rock, AR
Oct 12 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA
Oct 15 – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion – Spring, TX
Oct 16 – Ford Center – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 18 – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
Oct 20 – Energy Solution Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 22 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Oct 23 – Arco Arena – Sacramento, CA
Oct 26 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, CA
Oct 27 – Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA
Oct 29 – Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Oct 30 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Check out the new clip from Buckcherry, “Our World”. This is from the band’s up and coming release, All Night Long, which will be release on August 3rd.
GRAMMY nominated rockers BUCKCHERRY are preparing to release their fifth studio album, All Night Long, on August 3rd. The new album will be a follow-up to last year’s Black Butterfly that premiered at #8 on the Billboard Top 200. Having recently moved back to Eleven Seven Music, the guys are ready to “continue to elevate our game” according to front man Josh Todd. Check out their first single and video, “All Night Long,” and download it for FREE through their new widget. The guys are also giving away another free MP3 for their new track, “Our World,” to bring light to the oil spill in The Gulf of Mexico. You can see what they have to say about the spill and get the free track on the band’s official site, www.buckcherry.com.
Buckcherry is currently touring the US through the fall. Head to their MySpace for tour dates and additional information.
Buckcherry is giving away a free download of their new song, “Our World”. This is from the band’s new album, All Night Long, which is due August 3rd. Check it out at Buckcherry.com!
Black Robot released their self titled debut in May of 2009, and went on to become one of our favorite new bands at Hard Rock Hideout. Black Robot is the new band that was started by former Buckcherry members, Jonathan “JB” Brightman, Yogi Lonich, and Devon Glenn. The band’s lineup has changed since this CD’s initial release, but Black Robot is still rocking harder than ever. After a listening to this CD the first time, you will be hooked by the opening cut “Badass”, the killer cover of the J.J. Cale classic “Cocaine” (that was made famous by Eric Clapton) and my personal favorite “Money”. The great songs don’t stop there though. You will be hard pressed to find a bad tune on this disc.
If you missed the initial release of Black Robot, you will be glad to know that the full CD will re-released tomorrow (Tuesday June 8th, 2010). Not only is it it the same great CD from 2009, but you also get two new tracks that wasn’t on the 2009 version of the CD. The new tracks “Girls Kissing Girls”, and “23 Days of Night” are both kick ass tunes and enhance what was already a kickass CD to begin with. “Girls Kissing Girls” sounds like it could have been on an AC/DC record, and “23 Days of Night” taps into the band’s classic influences including Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath.
If you are a classic rock or hard rock fan, you need grab a copy of Black Robot’s CD for your collection. You won’t be disappointed! You can purchase the CD in the Hard Rock Hideout Store at this link. You can preview songs over at the Black Robot myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Momma Don’t Cry
- Girls Kissing Girls
- I’m In Love
- In My Car
- Black Robot
- Love on a .45
- 23 Days of Night
- Stop the World
- Nervous Breakdown
Black Robot is:
Huck Johns – Vocals
Jonathan “JB” Brightman – Bass
Andy Andersson – Guitar
Staffan Österlind – Guitar
Possum Hill – Drums
Darren Dodd – Drums, Percussion
Fred Mandel – Piano, Organ
Cris Powell – Drums
Dave Cobb – Guitars
Check out the new video clip from Buckcherry, “All Night Long”. This is the title track from Buckherry’s up and coming album, which will be released on August 3rd!
Hard rockers Buckcherry’s brand new album ALL NIGHT LONG is now set for an August 3rd release in North America via original independent label, Eleven Seven Music. The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the record with producers Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Fuel) and guitarist/songwriter Keith Nelson. The first single from the new album, also entitled “All Night Long,” will make its video premiere on Yahoo! on May 17th, the same day the top down summer anthem will be delivered to radio at the active rock, mainstream rock and alternative formats…..
As a thank you to their fans, Buckcherry recently offered the new single “All Night Long” as a free download on their website www.buckcherry.com and via Twitter and Facebook. The response was so overwhelming that Twitter had to temporarily shut down the free download because the requests overloaded the system. Tens of thousands of hits were felt on the new single in the first two days it was made available. Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd commented, “Our fans are rad and we send them props for helping to overload Twitter! We are really proud of the new songs and can’t wait for everyone to hear the album.” Radio has also embraced “All Night Long” from the free download, with early airplay in major markets such as Chicago, Detroit, Seattle and Phoenix.
In other Buckcherry news, frontman Josh Todd guest-starred on the FOX’s hit show “Bones” last month. Buckcherry will soon hit the road in North America to play select dates. Please see below for the itinerary.
In their more than decade-long career, multi-platinum artists Buckcherry have established themselves as a definitive hard rock band with a massive presence at radio. Hits such as “Lit Up,” “Crazy Bitch,” and “Sorry” have propelled the band’s sales to more than 3 million albums worldwide and have garnered Buckcherry two Grammy Nominations. Their most recent album, 2008’s BLACK BUTTERFLY, earned the band their first-ever Top Ten Billboard album debut, with the album coming in at #8. BLACK BUTTERFLY was deemed the “Album Of The Year” by Entertainment Weekly and “Best Rock Album” by iTunes.
For updated tour dates as they’re announced and more information please visit:….
Buckcherry has posted details on how you can download their new song, “All Night Long” over at Buckcherry.com. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get this cool new song for free!
Check out this video clip with Keith Nelson and Josh Todd, who talk about their new album coming out this summer.
REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and Buckcherry have all been added to The Moondance Jam schedule for 2010, joining the previously-announced Lynyrd Skynyrd, who will headline the final night of this year’s festival. Now the country’s largest classic rock festival, this year’s event will take place July 14-17, 2010 in Walker, Minnesota. Tickets are available now at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 1-877-MOONJAM.
REO Speedwagon returns to Walker as the 30th anniversary of its classic “Hi Infidelity” album approaches later this year. The band still plays many of the hits from that iconic record along with its other classics. Benatar, with husband Giraldo on guitar and original drummer Myron Grombacher now back in the band, has been playing steadily over the years with a greatest hits set that satisfies even the most ardent fans. Buckcherry makes its first Walker appearance with its brand of sleazy rock slotting perfectly with the classic rock stars from the 70’s and 80’s who usually appear here.
Tickets are now available in a variety of packages. Concert goers can purchase Rockstar All Access, three-day VIP, three-day general admission, weekend packages and single day admission, as well as camping sites and parking passes by contacting the Jam office in Walker.
An official announcement concerning the entire festival line-up is due sometime later this month. Expect 15 bands to pack the main stage over three days and many more side stage acts to be added in the coming months.
The Moondance Jam has been held at the same location in Walker since 1992. This year marks the 19th edition of the festival, which was started by resident Bill Bieloh. The Moondance Jam and its sister festival, Moondance Jamming Country Fest, help bring thousands of music fans to the Walker area every summer. Its bucolic location, situated near a huge lake on a site located three hours northwest of Minneapolis, houses thousands of camping sites during the festivals, and has been cited by many as to why they return year after year to Walker for the shows.
Get a free download of Buckcherry’s song, “Talk to Me” at this link! This was made available by Toyota Music. Enjoy!
In 2008, Hinder recorded a cover of the Steppenwolf classic, “Born To Be Wild” for TNT and NASCAR. In 2009, Buckcherry takes off where Hinder left off, by covering Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”. I thought both bands did a decent job but only one of these is clearly a winner
Check out the two videos below and vote for your favorite below!
Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, and Aveneged Sevenfold came to the Bank of Kentucky Center, February 23rd, for this brand new arena’s first ever rock show.
Saving Abel seems to be the band I always miss when I attend these multi-band concerts. The start time for this concert was 6:30, which seems damn near impossible for me to make. I missed Saving Abel at another show last year when they opened for Airbourne and Theory of A Deadman.
While I can’t speak of how Saving Abel was, we made it the Bank of Kentucky Center just in time for Papa Roach. Both JT and I agreed that the band sounded better than they did at Cruefest. Papa Roach whipped out a few new songs off of their up and coming CD, “Metamorphisis” including “Lifeline” and “Hollywood Whore”, as well as a bunch of their hits including: “Last Resort”, “Getting Away With Murder”, “Scars”, “To Be Loved”, “Dead Cell and “Between Angels & Insects”. It was a fairly short set, but a very good one. Jacoby Shaddix knows how to get a crowd going, and commands the stage well. During the set, he ran out into the stands to join the fans while singing a song. He did this at Cruefest too, but it is still a cool move on his part, and the fans loved it. Jacoby was one hard person to photograph, as he is constantly moving. He never stands still during Papa Roach’s set. After several blurred atempts at catching a picture of him live, I gave and decided to enjoy the rest of the show.
Buckcherry is the second band from the Cruefest Alumni to take the stage in this show. They were a co-headliner with Avenged Sevenfold for this concert. As a result, they were far better than their appearance last summer with Motley Crue.
Buckcherry had a massive screen behind the drum kit that played random images throughout the whole concert. I thought Josh Todd and company sounded a hell of a lot better during this show as well. Buckcherry performed a set that mostly from their albums “15” and “Black Butterfly” but there were was some of their older tunes in there too. The set list had the following songs in no certain order: “Rescue Me”, “Don’t Go Away”, “Too Drunk”, “Everything”, “Lit Up”and the crowd pleaser “Crazy Bitch”. This version of “Crazy Bitch” was truer to the recorded song. No Billy Squier “Stroke It” mixed in, just the song as it was intended. It was MUCH better this way. I loved every minute of the Buckcherry set, but I must admit that Josh Todd is one vulgar, mo fo. While his antics didn’t bother me, his language and sexual innuendos would not be for the feint of heart, and definitely not for kids. Leave the kiddies at home if your going to see Buckcherry folks! Everyone else, get your ass to the show. Buckcherry is one hell of a good headliner. I thought they were going to be a hard act to follow, but Avenged Sevenfold soon proved me wrong.
The intermission between the Buckcherry and A7X sets was absolutely ridiculous, and the crowd was getting extremely impatient. Tempers were flaring and fights were starting a little too often.
When Avenged Sevenfold took the stage, I can only describe the crowd at this show as chaotic. Crowd surfing, and mosh pits consumed quite a bit of the floor. This was an open floor concert, no assigned seats on the floor, so the crowd was extra rowdy. This was my first time seeing A7X, and I thought they were a lot better than I expected them to be. They had a massive lighting rig, and one of the biggest drum kits I have ever seen at a live event.
Their set list included the following songs: “Critical Acclaim”, “Afterlife”, “The Beast and the Harlot”, “Scream”, “Dear God”, “Bat Country”, “Gunslinger”, “Unholy Confessions” and “Almost Easy”.
As a whole, A7X rocked hard, and the crowd never settled down until the last note was played. I thought the guitar solo of Synnester Gates was a little on the nerdy side. This guy is a pretty talented player, but his solo was somewhat disappointing. Aside from the long wait, and the lackluster guitar solo, Avenged Sevenfold put on a good show.
As a whole, this concert was well worth the money spent. If you get the chance, definitely catch these bands live!
Buckcherry is giving away a free mp3 of their new song, “Don’t Go Away”. This track is available when you go and register at iHeartMusic.com at this link. This is the only way to get this Exclusive Live Version, so act now!!
The following 90’s hard rock bands, Disturbed, Steelheart, Papa Roach, Sideburn, Buckcherry and Edguy have released new videos in 2008. Vote for your favorite and send them to the HRH Bowl next Saturday!!!
Disturbed – Indestructible
Buckcherry – Too Drunk
Papa Roach – Hollywood Whore
Edguy – Ministry of Saints
Steelheart – LOL
Sideburn – Gimme The Way
The voting in the first annual HRH Reader Awards was nothing short of amazing, especially in the last week of voting when over 20,000 votes came in. There were three categories this year, Best Rock Festival, Best New Band, and Best New Album of 2008.
The Bronze Award Winners are listed below!
In 2008, the Sweden Rock Festival held in Norje, Sweden June 4 – 7th of 2008, held a huge roster of bands including Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Disturbed, Def Leppard, Fastway, Ace Frehley, Lizzy Borden, Gottard, RATT, Tesla, Whitesnake, Testament, Poison, Joe Satriani, Triumph, and several other bands. 2008 marked The Sweden Rock Festival’s 17th year. The Sweden Rock Festival received the third most votes in the 2008 Reader Awards.
The voting for Best New Band of 2008 was amazing, and the lead changed hands several times over the last few days. An honorable mention goes out to Airbourne, Pop Evil and Million Dollar Reload, who were all in the hunt, but were unable to crack the top three in votes.
Badmouth was one of Hard Rock Hideout’s Top Albums of 2008, and many of you must have thought they were one of the best new bands. Badmouth received over 5,000 votes to earn the Bronze Award in the Hard Rock Hideout 2008 Reader Awards.
The competition for the Best Album of 2008 was our most heated category in 2008. Honorable mentions go out to Motley Crue’s “Saints of Los Angeles”, Airbourne’s “Runnin’ Wild” and Metallica’s “Death Magnetic”. All three albums received a bunch of votes, but only three discs rose to the top. The voting was fiece and the results were very close. Buckcherry’s “Black Butterfly” receives the Bronze Award for Best New Album of 2008.
Come back tomorrow for the Silver Award recipients!
Buckcherry have just released a live video performance of their new single, “Rescue Me.” The clip was filmed in Japan during their recent tour there supporting Black Butterfly. “Rescue Me” Building on the success of their current co-headlining tour, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry have announced the next leg beginning on January 28th in Salt Lake City, UT. The next dates on the arena tour include Papa Roach and Saving Abel, offering fans 4 bands for under $40.00. The Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold package is considered to be one of the three major successful rock tours of the season, along with AC/DC and Metallica.
Check out “Rescue Me (live in Japan)” here:
Check out the tour announcement video here:
BUCKCHERRY/AVENGED SEVENFOLD 2009 TOUR DATES
With Papa Roach and Saving Abel
* Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach only
28 Salt Lake City, UT “E” Center
30 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
31 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
2 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
3 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
5 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
6 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 Spokane, WA Star Theater at Spokane Arena
12 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
14 Council Bluffs, ID Mid America Center *
17 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena *
20 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
21 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena *
23 Cincinnati, OH The Bank of Kentucky Center *
24 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
25 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
The Alice @ 973 Green Christmas featuring Josh, Keith, and Stevie is SOLD OUT! Check out the Webcast tomorrow/tonight(Friday)night at 8pm PST.
Click here to watch the show live from San Francisco: http://www.radioalice.com/Sarah-and-Vinnie-s-Green-Christmas/3299655
The 2nd leg of the Buckcherry tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach has been announced. Buckcherry Bombsquad members will be getting their presale passwords in email tomorrow!! (December 10th).
Jan 28, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
Jan 30, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Jan 31, 2009 Albuqurque, NM Tingley
Feb 02, 2009 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Feb 03, 2009 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Feb 05, 2009 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
Feb 06, 2009 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
Feb 07, 2009 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Feb 09, 2009 Spokane, WA Star Theater
Feb 10, 2009 Great Falls, MT Four Seasons Arena
Feb 12, 2009 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Feb 13, 2009 TBA Kearney, Nebraska
Feb 14, 2009 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Center
Feb 17, 2009 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena
Feb 19, 2009 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
Feb 20, 2009 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
Feb 21, 2009 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
Feb 23, 2009 Highland Heights, KY The Bank of Kentucky Center
Feb 24, 2009 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Feb 25, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
Nothing screams holiday spirit like a Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold tour. The hard rock co-headliners are extending their trek with a second leg set to begin Jan. 28 in Albuquerque, N.M. Joining them on the bill will be Papa Roach and Saving Abel.
The four-band bill is priced to sell, with tickets less than $40. “The idea was to take four acts that could tour alone and put them together for $40 or less to be able to let people hear three-and-a-half hours of music and experience some up-and-coming acts,” says Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, which manages Buckcherry and Papa Roach. “You’re talking about a demo that seems to be 15 to 25 [years old], and their disposable income right now is a lot less than it was before.”
Tickets go on sale Dec. 15, and the price tag will ensure they’ll be under the Christmas trees of many a headbanger.
Kovac points out that fans of these acts don’t wait for warm weather concerts. “We’ve found that rock is a 365-day sport in secondaries, tertiaries and major markets,” he says. “And when you start getting into the tertiary markets, rock is still king.”
Radio will be a key element in 10th Street’s tour marketing, Kovac says. “A lot of what we’re doing is making sure we have different bands on different formats,” he says. “Saving Abel is focusing on AC and pop, while Avenged works alternative and Buckcherry’s working active rock. And because Buckcherry has had some success with hot AC and pop, we’re using the new track to really make sure that audience knows they’re coming to town as well. Papa Roach will focus on the alternative side. It’s really a four-format tour; it’s not an active rock or alternative tour.”
Buckcherry and Avenged could have asked for higher guarantees, Kovac says, “but they wouldn’t have been able to take these other acts out with them. By taking these other bands out, they will more than make up the loss in guarantees. And when you’re doing 6,000- to 10,000- [capacity venues] as opposed to 2,000, that tends to make itself up in many, many areas.”
A few days prior to the release of their latest album “Black Butterfly” I had an opportunity to talk to Buckcherry guitarist and co-founder Keith Nelson. Now almost two months since the release of the album I had the opportunity to talk to front-man Josh Todd not only about the new album and tour but also about his acting career and his opinion about President elect Barack Obama. I went into this interview with an idea Josh was a wild and crazy front-man but when the interview was over I was left with a completely different impression, in a good way.
HRH: Josh, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today.
Josh Todd: Sure, no problem
HRH: You guys are currently on the road with Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, and Saving Abel, how is the tour going so far?
Josh Todd: It was going great until we ran into a blizzard and couldn’t make it to our show tonight.
HRH: You played Billings, MT last night and were supposed to play Fargo tonight?
Josh Todd: Yeah last night was awesome.
HRH: Buckcherry.com has this line up of bands together till December. Who are some of the bands you are looking at taking out on the next leg?
Josh Todd: We are trying to figure that out right now as far as what we are going to do after the new year. But when we find out we’ll let everybody know.
HRH: What are the plans going into the new year for the band?
Josh Todd: Well we have this new album “Black Butterfly” and it has a lot of great songs so we are going to be putting in alot of time and effort to make sure everyone gets to hear the depth of this record like we did with “15” we toured two years and over 300 shows and we have already done 65 shows and the album hasn’t been out for two months yet. So we are just going to be touring and getting these songs out on the radio so everyone will know what’s going on here.
HRH: How many songs off of “Black Butterfly” are you able to include in the set?
Josh Todd: Let’s see, we play Rescue Me, Don’t Go Away, Too Drunk, and Cream so about four.
HRH: You have been covering “the Stroke” by Billy Squier live. Is that something we may see you guys releasing for maybe a soundtrack or a b-side?
Josh Todd: We don’t play the whole song, we do it as part of a medley with “Crazy Bitch” and the fans seem to like it.
HRH: Do you get to play any of the songs off of “You Made Me”?
Josh Todd: No
HRH: Are there any plans for another solo album?
Josh Todd: Not at the moment.
HRH: After 4 albums “Black Butterfly” is the first one to hit the Top 10. How big is that for the band?
Josh Todd: It is huge for us you know. We have been after this for a long time and that is something you dream about hitting milestones like that. We always want to elevate our game from record to record and that is what we try to do.
HRH: Buckcherry is on the third single and video with “Rescue Me” Are there plans to release more singles or videos from the album?
Josh Todd: Yeah everybody really loves “Rose” but right now we are focused on what we got going on with “Rescue Me” and “Don’t Go Away”. We’ll probably do something with “Rose” sometime after the new year.
HRH: When you release a new album is there a set number of singles that you plan on releasing or is it more of a wait and see approach?
Josh Todd: Sometimes we are clear on it, sometimes the singles change over the course of the album’s cycle. Songs we thought were going to be the one change because more people are hearing the music and we find out what everybody is really gravitating towards.
HRH: How much say does the band have in what songs are released as singles?
Josh Todd: Oh we have final say.
HRH: What other songs do you think might have been overlooked or didn’t get as much attention as they deserve?
Josh Todd: I personally like “All of Me” I think it is a masterpiece. Hopefully that will be a song, I mean there are already a lot of people that love that song but I think it is different for everybody.
HRH: I talked to Keith a few days before “Black Butterfly” release and he mentioned “Imminent Bailout” and “Cream” as two songs that were special on the album. What was the inspiration behind the lyrics of “Cream”?
Josh Todd: Cream is just about my love for music and being a music man and all the sacrifices you have to make to do this for a living. It’s my deepest love that is what it’s about.
HRH: You and Keith started Buckcherry because of a mutual love of AC/DC. Have you had a chance to hear “Black Ice”?
Josh Todd: I did I have the record, but I thought Stiff Upper Lip was a better record. But there are a couple of songs I really like, I like the first single “Rock-n-Roll Train” and there is another song called “Anything Goes” where Brian is singing with a lot more meoldy and I thought that was cool. As a whole I didn’t think the record was a great record but it is a good rock-n-roll record.
HRH: You are 37 now, can you see Buckcherry still together and performing when you are in your late 50’s early 60’s?
Josh Todd: No I don’t know why anyone would want to see that.
HRH: You were in a band called Slamhound prior to Buckcherry and I found a demo a few years ago at a record store in San Francisco. Will there ever be an “official” release of Slamhound’s music?
Josh Todd: No probably not that band hasn’t been together for years. I really enjoyed that band when I was in it but I doubt I’ll be putting anything out.
HRH: I want to change gears here a little bit if you don’t mind. Are you a political person?
Josh Todd: Nope
HRH: Do you have an opinion about President elect Barack Obama?
Josh Todd: I really like his energy plan that is something I really like but i’m not too excited about the taxes. But as far as what this guy is made of I just don’t think we know yet you know. As a whole as far as both candidates were concerned I just wish we had more choices, because I think a lot of people were on the fence with both parties. I think it is really to soon to see what is going to happen with Obama I mean we’ll see. He has to back all of his words I mean he’s got a very difficult job. I definitely wouldn’t want to be handling it. I congratulate him for his courage to take on this incredible task and hopefully he will do it with grace and really bring something to the office.
HRH: You recently had a part in the movie Eagle Eye and you have had parts in the New Guy and Salton Sea along with a couple of t.v. shows. Do you see acting as something you would like to get more serious about as far as pursuing some bigger roles or is it more of something to do when you have down time from Buckcherry?
Josh Todd: I would love to get a bigger role because I love challenges but we are never home. We tour so much that it is really hard for me to get gigs. When I’m home I get to do stuff here and there but I would love to be challenged with acting bigger than what I’ve done.
HRH: What was it like working with Val Kilmer on Salton Sea?
Josh Todd: Wow Val is like, he is an incredible guy to watch, he is a great great actor and he really taught me a lot. He was very nice to me at that point in time, he understood my situation that it was the first movie I had ever done. He was very instrumental and kind of pushing me along and I am very grateful to him for that. I just thought he was a joy to work with.
HRH: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers before I let you go?
Josh Todd: I would just encourage them to go out and pick up a copy of “Black Butterfly” if they haven’t already and to check out Buckcherry.com to see where we are at and come out to the show and have a blast.
Buckcherry Announces New Tour Dates with Avenged Sevenfold, Saving Abel and Shinedown.
Nov 4 2008 8:00P Casper Event Center Arena Casper, Wyoming
Nov 5 2008 8:00P MetraPark Arena Billings, Montana
Nov 6 2008 8:00P Rushmore Plaza Civic Ctr. Arena Rapid City, South Dakota
Nov 8 2008 8:00P Roy Wilkins Auditorium St Paul, Minnesota
Nov 9 2008 8:00P Fargodome Fargo, North Dakota
Nov 11 2008 8:00P US Cellular Coliseum Bloomington, Illinois
Nov 14 2008 8:00P Alliant Energy Center Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 15 2008 8:00P McElroy Auditorium Waterloo, Iowa
Nov 16 2008 8:00P LaCrosse Center LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Nov 18 2008 8:00P Deltaplex Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nov 19 2008 8:00P Roberts Stadium Evansville, Indiana
Nov 21 2008 8:00P Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan
Nov 22 2008 8:00P Chevrolet Centre Youngstown, Ohio
Nov 23 2008 8:00P Schottenstein Center Columbus, Ohio
Nov 23 2008 8:00P James Brown Arena Augusta, Georgia
Nov 25 2008 8:00P BancorpSouth Center Tupelo, Mississippi
Nov 26 2008 8:00P Mississippi Coast Coliseum Biloxi, Mississippi
Nov 29 2008 8:00P Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina
Dec 2 2008 8:00P Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr. Tallahassee, Florida
Dec 3 2008 8:00P UCF Arena Orlando, Florida
Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records hard rock band Buckcherry scored their first Top 10 album today on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart with Black Butterfly, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2006’s RIAA-certified platinum 15.
Black Butterfly debuted at #8 on the chart, the highest debuting rock album.
“Buckcherry keeps letting it rip,” said People magazine in a 3/4 star review of the album.
“There’s no denying it, Buckcherry is what in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll is all about.”—Associated Press
Dubbed the Next Great American Rock Band, Buckcherry, who just two years ago performed to rooms of 200 people, are currently playing to crowds of tens of thousands. A full tour itinerary is below.
BUCKCHERRY – ON TOUR 2008
9/24-9/30 with Shinedown and Saving Abel
10/2-11 with Saving Abel * 10/8-9 also with 12 Stones
10/19-10/26 in Japan
11/4-11/22 with Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, and Saving Abel except *
11/4, 11/5, 11/8 with Avenged Sevenfold and Saving Abel only
24 Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
26 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
27 Memphis, TN Mud Island Amphitheatre
28 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
30 Clemson, SC Little John Coliseum
2 Sauget, IL Pop’s
3 Little Rock, AR Clear Channel Metroplex
4 Mobile, AL Bayfest* (also with Shinedown)
8 Charlotte, NC Grady Cole Center
9 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
11 Kinston, NC NC Lenoir County Fairgrounds
19 Saitama Loud Park Festival
21 Koutou-ku, Tokyo Studio Coast
22 Nagoya-Aichi Diamond Hall—Nagoya
23 Naka-ku, Hiroshima Club Quattro—Hiroshima
25 Osaka-Jo Osaka-Jo Hall (Crüe Fest)
26 Yamashita Shin Yokohama Yokohama Bay Hall
4 Casper, WY Casper Event Center Arena*
5 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena*
6 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena
8 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium*
9 Fargo, ND Fargodome
11 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
14 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
15 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium
16 La Crosse, WI LeCrosse Center
18 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex
19 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
21 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
22 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Centre
You can check out the video for “Too Drunk…” below!
According to Billboard.com, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week after its first full frame at retail. The Warner Bros. set sold 337,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; it debuted with 490,000 last week after just three days of sales thanks to an off-cycle Friday release.
Starting right behind at No. 2 is Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” with 250,000. The Def Jam effort comes on the heels of two No. 1 bows for the artist: 2006 debut “In My Own Words” (301,000) and 2007’s “Because of You” (251,000). New single “Miss Independent” continues to climb the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, moving 16-5 in this latest frame, while first single “Closer” sits at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
Nelly’s “Brass Knuckles” (Derrty/Universal Motown), the rapper’s first studio set since 2004, enters at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 84,000. Four years ago, he dropped two separate albums on the same day — “Suit” and “Sweat” – which debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 with 396,000 and 342,000, respectively.
In its 50th week on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 3-4 on a 15% decline to 64,000 copies.
Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with the Capitol Nashville project “Learn to Live,” with 60,000. On Hot Country Songs, his single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” hits No. 1 this week. This marks the second week in a row a singer best known from another genre crosses over to hit No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, following last week’s penthouse debut for Jessica Simpson’s “Do You Know.”
Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam) falls 2-6 on The Billboard 200 with 60,000, a 33% sales decline. DJ Khaled notches his third straight top 15 album as “We Global” (We the Best/Def Jam) enters at No. 7 with 49,000. His first two charting albums — 2006’s “Listennn: The Album” and 2007’s “We the Best” — debuted and peaked at Nos. 12 and 8, respectively.
Buckcherry earns its best sales week ever and highest charting album as “Black Butterfly” (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic) opens at No. 8 with 47,000. Previously, the rock band went as far as No. 39 with its last album “15,” and had never sold more than 26,000 in a single week with any release. But “15” wound up spending 126 weeks on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.3 million copies to date.
Lil Wayne’s Cash Money effort “Tha Carter III” slips 9% in sales and descends 8-9 with 43,000 while the Game’s “LAX” (Geffen) moves 7-10 with 42,000 (-16%).
Other debuts this week include All That Remains‘ “Overcome” (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie, No. 16, 29,000), Raphael Saadiq’s “The Way I See It” (Columbia, No. 19, 23,000), Avenged Sevenfold’s “Live in the LBC &; Diamond in the Rough” (Warner Bros., No. 24, 20,000) and Eli Young Band’s “Jet Black & Jealous” (Universal South, No. 33, 15,000).
At 6.92 million units, sales this week are up 1.1% from last week’s sum and down a 16.5% from the same week last year.
I thought 15 was one of the best hard rock albums of 2006. For this listener, Black Butterfly has a lot to live up to, if it is going to surpass that disc. To prepare myself for this review, I listened to Buckcherry’s last two releases Time bomb and 15. I am pretty fond of both discs, and I wanted a refresher on both of these before I spun Black Butterfly. If anything I wanted to make sure that I gave Black Butterfly a fair review.
Black Butterfly starts off strong enough, with two rocking cuts, “Rescue Me” and “Tired of You”. Both of these songs, along with “Talk to Me” are amongst my early favorites on this disc.
Every Buckcherry CD to date has had a nasty but catchy tune on it. Time bomb had “Porno star” and “Time Bomb”, 15 has “Crazy Bitch”and “So Far”, and Black Butterfly follows suit with “Too Drunk…”. The lyrics may be juvenile, but I have come to expect these type of songs from Buckcherry, and I can’t help but to like them.
There are several cuts which have a lot of radio potential including “Dreams”, “Don’t Go Away”, and “All of Me”. “Don’t Go Away” kind of feels like a rip off of “Sorry” to me, and because of that, I don’t like this song as much. In fact, I think “All of Me” is the better ballad on Black Butterfly.
The lyrics for the song “Cream” are somewhat puzzling. You can probably guess the subject matter of the song. I have listened to this song several times, and the lyrics just don’t make sense to me. I get the chorus, but the song verses don’t seem to follow suit. I like the music well enough, but the song writing is suspect on this tune.
As a whole, I think Black Butterfly is another solid but not spectacular effort for Buckcherry. I don’t think this disc has as many strong songs as 15, but it is a little more consistent than Time Bomb. Black Butterfly feels like Buckcherry was trying to repeat the same formula they used for 15. On some songs it works, and on others it doesn’t. The end result is a good hard rock disc, that Buckcherry fans will likely enjoy, even if it doesn’t measure up to their last disc.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rescue Me
2. Tired of You
3. Too Drunk…
5. Talk to Me
6. Child Called “It”
7. Don’t Go Away
10. All of Me
11. Imminent Bail Out
Josh Todd – Vocals
Keith Nelson – Guitars
Stevie D. – guitar
Xavier Muriel – drums, percussion
Jimmy Ashhurst – bass guitar
Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic recording group Buckcherry will continue on their upcoming tour as planned, despite the announcement that Avenged Sevenfold has had to cancel their performances in September and early October. The dates, originally billed as co-headline dates with Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry, will see Buckcherry supported by Shinedown and Saving Abel.
“We’re glad to hear that Shadows is fine, and can’t wait to get out on the road with the band in November,” said Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. “We have a great show planned, and we are pumped to get on the road behind the new album and play it for the fans.”
A7X’s M. Shadows added, “We’re happy to hear that Buckcherry will carry on with the dates we had scheduled together and look forward to joining them for a kick ass tour in November.”
Constant road warriors, Buckcherry performed more than 300 shows in support of their last album, 15. The band will release their much anticipated follow-up, Black Butterfly, on Tuesday, September 16. For up-to-the-minute updates, go to www.buckcherry.com and www.myspace.com/buckcherry
As A Preview To The CD and Tour, See Buckcherry perform their hit “Too Drunk . . .” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, September 16th on ABC (Check local listings).
BUCKCHERRY – ON TOUR FALL 2008
9/14-10/2 with Shinedown and Saving Abel except *
10/3-10/9 with Saving Abel
13 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center*
14 Dayton, OH Montgomery County Fair
16 Moline, IL IWireless Center
18 Sioux Falls, SD Canaries Stadium
19 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
20 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre*
22 Lincoln, NE Pershing Auditorium
23 Valley Center, KS Kansas Coliseum
24 Tulsa, OK River Parks Amphitheatre
26 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
27 Memphis, TN Mud Island Amphitheatre
28 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
30 Clemson, SC Little John Coliseum
2 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
3 New Orleans, LA Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena
4 Mobile, AL Bayfest
8 Charlotte, NC Grady Cole Center (also with 12 Stones)
9 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle (also with 12 Stones)
11 Kinston, NC NC Lenoir County Fairgrounds
I don’t make it a secret that Buckcherry is one of my favorite bands out there so of course I jumped at the chance for the opportunity to interview guitarist Keith Nelson. I thought it was a great interview, there were a lot of questions I didn’t get to ask because there wasn’t enough time but that is ok I will save them for the next time. Here is what he had to say, Enjoy!
HRH: Buckcherry recently wrapped up the inaugural Cruefest, how did you think the tour went
Keith Nelson: I thought it was phenomenal, a lot of fun
HRH: What were some of the other bands on the bill that you watched when you had a chance?
Keith Nelson: Papa Roach they are a great live band and of course the Crue they were just over the top.
HRH: Do you think Buckcherry will go out with Cruefest next year?
Keith Nelson: Definitely if we get the chance.
HRH: Buckcherry did over 300 shows in support of 15 are you looking at the same kind of tour for “Black Butterfly”?
Keith Nelson: We were thinking of maybe 600 or 700. Just kidding, Yeah you know we are a live band and that is what we do so going out on the road and living out on the pirate strip as they call it and making rock-n-roll 6 nights a week is kinda what we do.
HRH: 15 was recorded in 15 days how long did it take to record “Black Butterfly”?
Keith Nelson: 21 days on this record
HRH: When it comes to writing is everyone involved or is it you and Josh?
Keith Nelson: Everyone is involved, every song ultimately ends up in the room with all 5 guys weighing in regardless of where it starts. A lot of times Josh and I will come up something, get it pretty much completed, take it in and start rehearsing it. I want to hear what the other guys in my band think of it and see if they have any ideas.
HRH: Is there a story behind the title “Black Butterfly”?
Keith Nelson: Not really, well I guess the only story is there was a song called “Black Butterfly” that we all loved but ultimately didn’t make the record. Not because it was inferior to anything else but in the big picture of the record that piece just didn’t seem to fit, we loved it and certainly it will see the light of day at some point. But when we were coming up with concepts for the cover the image of the Black Butterfly was kind of stuck in my head so I proposed that as the title of the record and everyone seemed to like it.
HRH: So far there are 3 songs available for the fans to hear with, Too Drunk, Rescue Me, and Don’t Go Away, what are some of the other songs you like off the album?
Keith Nelson: Well there is a song called “Cream” that ends the record that is a pretty special song. It was written and rewritten and left for dead and then rewritten again and that is one of my favorite songs on the record. There is a song called “Imminent Bailout” which I think is probably one of the best rock songs I’ve ever written as far as sheer rock-n-roll intensity. There are so many songs, there is a song called “Rose” that I think is a great stretch for us as far as sonically in our approach to songwriting. Man there is a lot of great songs on the record.
HRH: Was the band surprised by the reaction of “Too Drunk” when it was leaked?
Keith Nelson: You know it is crazy how that all went down cause we actually finished mixing the record on a Sunday and 3 or 4 days later we left to start Cruefest, while that was all kind of going on while we were out of the road. Obviously it is in our best interest to present our record in a very structured, you know thought out way and with all the songs being passed around to different people for mastering, remixing, and what not unfortunately that song leaked. In this day and age we just kind of make the best of what we got so once the song was out there we just kind of had to follow it but it wasn’t our first choice for what the single was going to be.
HRH: You always have extra songs on the singles and imports, has there ever been any talk of putting out a B-sides album?
Keith Nelson: Yeah, I mean there hasn’t actually been any talk but it’s funny because early on the B-sides were very much, well you could tell why those songs weren’t on the record and now the left over tracks are as good as anything on the record but you can only put so many songs on a record. You never know I’m sure at some point after we have more of a discography behind us there will be some more special stuff.
HRH: After “Time Bomb” Buckcherry went on hiatus and you and Josh end up recording some songs with the guys from Velvet Revolver. The story goes there were 10 or so songs recorded is there a chance they will ever be made available to the public?
Keith Nelson: Well what happened with those songs is they were actually live recordings that we would make in a rehearsal room, they were multi-tracked. We didn’t make a record but we did do a very detailed recording of them in a live situation. They do exist, I do have them but they will never see the light of day.
HRH: In the past you played with Huck Johns and now he is playing with JB, Devon, and Yogi in a project called Black Robot. Is that something you helped put together?
Keith Nelson: I have no knowledge of that and know nothing about it.
HRH: Legend has it that you and Josh started Buckcherry because you both love AC/DC. Have you had a chance to hear their new single yet?
Keith Nelson: No but I am so excited about the new AC/DC record you have no idea.
HRH: With Cruefest finished and “Black Butterfly” tour starting up who are some of the bands you are looking at opening for you?
Keith Nelson: Well we start this next leg of the tour in a few days with Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, and Saving Abel, which are all great bands that is going to be a fun, fun tour. Airbourne is awesome, I would love to have Airbourne and we are actually going to do some dates with those guys in Japan.
HRH: If you could put together a Cherryfest and you could have any 5 bands past or present on the bill who would it be?
Keith Nelson: Well we would have AC/DC close the show for us and we would go on right before them. Right before us or maybe flip flopping every night we would have Stone Temple Pilots and Rage Against the Machine and I would probably get Muddy Waters to start things off.
And with that we wrapped the interview up, like I said earlier I think it was a great interview, very relaxed and laid back Keith was extremely easy to talk too. I definitely look forward to talking to him again if and when I get the chance.
Buckcherry will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night September 8 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Buckcherry at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go toww.RocklineRadio.com
Buckcherry will also perform a plugged-in live set!