The cycle of songwriting-recording-touring is enough to wear anybody out. Some bands watch their creativity drop through the floor. Others get their emotions rubbed raw and it isn't long before band members can't stand to be in the same room with each other. When a couple weeks off, here and there, fail to do the trick it makes sense to go on hiatus. For Buckcherry, there was a lengthy gap between their "Time Bomb" CD and "Fifteen." But it was more than simple fatigue hampering the group.
In '95, two L.A. denizen's, vocalist Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson were introduced through their tattoo artist. The two wrote songs and recruited bassist J.B. Brightman and drummer Devon Glenn. After making an impact on the local club scene Buckcherry added second guitarist Yogi. Soon the group was signed by Dreamworks. Buckcherry's self-titled debut contained "Check Your Head," "For The Movies," and "Lit Up." The '99 release was produced by Terry Date and former Sex Pistol, Steve Jones. So far, so good.
'00 saw the release of "Time Bomb" which earned Buckcherry some opening dates for their heroes, AC/DC. Though things were still on a positive track, it wouldn't last.
Dreamworks ceased to exist, swallowed in a corporate reshuffling. Then Todd bailed in '02. It looked as though Buckcherry was down for the count before they even had a chance to realize their full potential.
It always pays to do charity work. Todd and Nelson played a benefit with ex-Guns N' Roses members, Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum As a result, Slash, McKagan and Sorum formed Velvet Revolver while Todd and Nelson decided to give Buckcherry another shot. They enlisted drummer Xaiver Muriel and guitarist Steven Dacanay for their '06 effort, "15," which logically, was recorded in fifteen days. The set featured "Out Of Line," "Onset" and the AC/DC influenced anti-war track "Broken Glass."
Motley Crue's '08 Cruefest tour featured Buckcherry along with Papa Roach, Sixx: A.M. and Trapt. Next on tap for Buckcherry was a co-headlining trek with Avenged Sevenfold but M. Shadows' strained vocal chords (which had already caused A7X to cancel shows) forced the group to miss the first leg of the tour. Still, Buckcherry went out with Shinedown and Saving Abel in support.
Days later, Buckcherry's fourth album, "Black Butterfly," was released. The follow-up to their platinum-certified '06 set, "15," was named after a song that didn't make it on to the album. "In the big picture of the record that piece just didn't seem to fit," explained Nelson. "We loved it and certainly it will see the light of day at some point."
"Black Butterfly" debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Rock Albums chart. Buckcherry later opened for KISS on the latter's North American tour. Then the band recorded their first live album, "Live & Loud 2009" which was recorded at stops on their Canadian tour.
It's not often Rock musicians are associated with literary works but bassist Jimmy Ashhurst, in the band since '05, was referenced in Paul Miles' '10 book Sex Tips from Rock Stars, which publisher Omnibus Press called "the world's first extensive study of Rock stars concerning sex, in which many of music's most celebrated Rockers share their dos and don'ts on a long list of sexual topics."
Returning to music, Buckcherry released their fifth studio album, "All Night Long," later that year. The title track lead single was available as a free download to fans.
The album debuted at #10 on the Top Billboard Top 200 Album chart and was the #1 Rock debut. The title track single peaked at #9 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart.
Following the two month Jagermeister Music Tour with Hellyeah and All That Remains, Buckcherry contributed "Wherever I Go," for the Avengers Assemble soundtrack. One reviewer called it the worst song on the soundtrack.
While probably not the reaction they were hoping for, Buckcherry kept moving forward releasing their sixth album, "Confessions" in '13. The set contained the single "Gluttony."
Buckcherry took a defiant stance on their next full-length album. "There's been so much talk about how Rock n' Roll is dead and all of this bullshit," said Todd. "The funny thing is, that's been going on since we put out our first record in 1999." Not surprisingly, the '15 release was title "Rock n' Roll."
2001 Time Bomb
2008 Black Butterfly
2010 All Night Long
2015 Rock n' Roll
You'll have to look long and hard to find a better debut than Buckcherry's. It Rocks. Todd and Nelson are an awesome team who interact and drive each other just the way a vocalist and guitarist should. The AC/DC influences are there but not overbearing. Buckcherry is on its own trajectory.
Though poorly received, sophomore album, "Time Bomb" is nearly as good.