The Los Angeles hard rockers opened for the theatrical legends in 1999, when Buckcherry was new and lighting up the charts with its debut album and the hit single “Lit Up.” A decade later, however, Buckcherry’s principals expect a different experience.
“When we first toured with them, we were a new band,” says guitarist Keith Nelson. “We had just finished our first record. Now, we’re four records into a career. We can play a bunch of material that most fans will be familiar with, and I think we’re about seven-to-eight hundred shows better than the last time we played with them.”
Buckcherry — which is still supporting its latest album, “Black Butterfly,” and releases a live album on Tuesday — also has three different members than it did the last time it toured with Kiss. So Nelson says he and frontman Josh Todd have common ground with Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who have endured their own share of personnel issues over the years.
“I absolutely respect the tenacity and longevity of that band,” says Nelson, 40. “We know what it’s like to try to keep a band together and have some of the hubcaps fall off. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. You never know the reasons things happen.
“I’m just glad they’re out there doing the music and keeping Kiss alive. It’s an honor to be on the same stage as those guys.”
Buckcherry opens for Kiss at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Sept. 24-26) at Cobo Arena, 301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $25-128. Tonight’s show is sold out. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.