Interview: Buckcherry's Josh Todd set for show with Kid Rock at BOK on Saturday
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, February 07, 2013
2/07/13 at 5:04 AM
Buckcherry is a band with an attitude, but not a bad one.
It's always been known as a band that goes its own way, an "underdog" in a dog-eat-dog genre of rebel rock.
Frontman Josh Todd says he sort of likes it that way.
"We've been on the road since last March. We have a new album on its way," Todd said during a recent telephone interview.
"With about 200 shows a year, we have a real loyal, grass-roots type of following. Their ages vary from 12 to 45, and they will come to multiple shows to see us multiple times a year."
The band is the collision of two worlds, really. First, there's the punk, do-it-yourself ethos of a working band that writes and makes its own music, hits the road hard, and melds with its fans. The second side is the one that somehow brings into the fold women, children, men and radio-friendly rock 'n' roll. Its hits include things not always played on radio stations (e.g. "Too Drunk..." and "Lit Up"), at least, not without heavy censorship.
The band performs with Kid Rock at the BOK Center on Saturday as part of his "Rebel Soul" tour. Todd said it's a perfect fit.
"This is something we've wanted to do together for years on an arena level," Todd said.
Yes, they've toured together before but not quite on this scale. The working-class touring acts hit big, showcase arenas in places like Kansas City; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; and St. Paul, Minn. Buckcherry also will head into Europe and Australia this summer, Todd said.
And the band is a veteran of the Rocklahoma music festival, where Buckcherry performed in 2009.
Will there be a 2013 revisit? He wouldn't say.
Buckcherry is a band that doesn't look back. Todd formed the band with Keith Nelson after the pair met in a Los Angeles tattoo shop in 1995. That incarnation lasted until 2002 when the band split "to get our s--- together." Nelson and Todd reformed the band with new members in 2005, and its largest success soon followed.
"All the band lineup stuff is old news," he said. "Our biggest albums have happened since 2006. Our biggest growth has happened since 2006. We've become the band we've always wanted to be."
The studio album "15" soon went platinum with hits "Crazy B----," "Sorry," "Everything" and "Next 2 You." Buckcherry has toured with Motley Crue, Kiss, Limp Bizkit and others.
These days, the band is readying the Feb. 19 release of "Confessions," its latest studio work. The album's first single, "Gluttony," has earned major airplay and a standing place in the band's live show.
Other new music also will make the band's setlist, Todd said.
"We have six albums to work from on this show, so there won't be a bunch of new music," he said. "We will definitely get some of it out there."
Todd said he's proud of the new album and the way the band worked together to make it happen. Songs like "Wrath," "Greed," "Pride" and "Envy" are themes most will relate to, he said.
" 'Confessions' is a theme we're all familiar with - the seven deadly sins," he said. "This is our take on them. We all wanted to do our version. The theme is timeless."
Kid Rock with Buckcherry
and special guest Hellbound Glory
When: Doors open 6:30 p.m., showtime 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.
Tickets: All ages. $39.75, $49.75, $59.75 and $85, available at tulsaworld.com/bok, the Arby's Box Office at the BOK Center and all Tickets.com outlets, or by calling 1-866-726-5287.
Original Print Headline: Perfect fit
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Josh Todd (center) with Buckcherry will perform Saturday at the BOK Center. Courtesy
Kid Rock is co-headlining with Buckcherry during his "Rebel Soul" tour coming to Tulsa on Saturday. Tulsa World File