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Buckcherry rocked out the Kansas Crossing Casino’s indoor Corral to a sold out crowd June 17th 2023, with Josh Todd – lead vocals, Stevie D. – lead & rhythm guitar, backing, Kelly LeMieux – bass, Francis Ruiz – drums, and Billy Rowe – rhythm & lead guitar, backing vocals showed up and delivered one very enthusiastic performance to an equally enthusiastic crowd.
While most fans are newer to the scene and only familiar with their songs from recent years, they have been around for just shy of three decades hitting main stream radio waves in the early 2000s with hits like “Crazy Bitch” and “Lit up” there is more to them than meets the eye. Josh Todd and Keith Nelson performed together along with ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum (also of The Cult) at the Randy Castillo tribute concert.
Speculation ensued that Josh Todd would become the lead vocalist of the project headed up by Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum. Josh Todd spent a month in the studio, reportedly completing 10 songs, but was abruptly dropped from the project by Slash. Todd was quoted as saying, “It was amazing, the band was slamming, and then Slash just came in one day and just shit-canned the whole thing”.
Having seen them back in 2010 at Rocklahoma and a couple other shows in the next couple of years, I have to say they still put on a pretty decent show and don’t just stand around going through the motions like most bands performing this long or longer. In 2017, Keith Nelson and Xavier Muriel left the band due to disagreements with Josh Todd over the band’s direction. The band was said by Eddie Trunk and former bassist Jimmy Ashhurst to have over-toured. This was one of many reasons Keith and Xavier left the band. However, Keith and Xavier have both stated they have no hard feelings. The band brought in new members’ guitarist Kevin Roentgen and drummer Sean Winchester shortly afterward. Nelson’s departure left Josh Todd as the only remaining original member of Buckcherry.
Hellbound (released on June 25, 2021), along with the release of the single “So Hott” and its accompanying video, which was nominated for Classic Rock magazine’s Track Of The Week, brings us to their current tours leaving fans wanting more.
Till the next show.