Only in weird, wild L.A. could a
band like Buckcherry party in the same room as recent NBA retiree and
former genie Shaquille ONeal and TV legend Betty White. Truth is, the
reason is far more noble than sordid debauchery.
party-hearty guys gained fame in the mid-2000s via vintage, sleazy,
hard-rock tunes like Crazy Bitch, but theyve used that notoriety for
issues greater than sex, drugs and rock n roll, like filming a PSA on
child abuse with the aforementioned megastars.
Were growing up, you know?
can I say? lead singer and founding member Josh Todd said. It makes
us feel good to give back. Most of us have kids at home, and you want to
leave a good environment.
began when he read A Child Called It a best-selling,
autobiographical account of an abusive childhood that his daughter
brought home for homework. It set a new tone for Todd, who wrote songs
about the subject for Buckcherrys 2008 album, Black Butterfly, and
chased that with a track benefiting victims of the BP oil spill in last
years All Night Long.
It ripped my soul out, Todd said. I was obsessed with that book, and it turned into this other thing. It was like, Wow, lets do something.
Buckcherry has raised hundreds of thousands for child advocacy groups a seemingly far cry from the bands cock-rock roots.
It formed in 1995, releasing two major-label records before temporarily disbanding, then reforming with a different lineup.
is the band we always wanted it to be, Todd said. I dont even really
consider that first lineup to be the band, because weve made the
majority of our records with this current one, and the most successful
ones. We finally found the right guys.
Buckcherry became a major force in hard rock; the years have been kind.
think its just sticking to our guns, Todd said. We are playing rock
n roll when its not really whats going on as far as whats popular.
Its been the black sheep since the early 90s. We went against the
grain, and its paid off. Its hurt us at times, but in the end, we
found our audience and our own sound. Thats what you dream about.
tour with Papa Roach including Fridays KATTfest fills Buckcherrys
slate through fall, and then its back to recording its sixth studio
album, which, if nothing else, will rock pretty hard.
a huge void as far as big, rock anthems and arena rock goes, Todd
said, and thats what we are all about: being as big as we can be.
Photo by PR Brown.