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Buckcherry's plan -- make "great" rock 'n' roll

of the Oakland Press

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Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd says his band’s “plan” is always the same when it sets out to make a new album — including “All Night Long,” which the quintet released in August.

“We set out to make a great rock ‘n’ roll record,” Todd, 39, explains. “We want to make something timeless that you can put in and leave in. It’s all about good songs and great melodies, great arrangements, stuff that’s anthemic and that gets a large audience motivated.

“It’s not easy to do. We’ve matured as songwriters over time. We’re trying to master the art of simplicity, like AC/DC and bands like that.”

But even though Buckcherry is known primarily for party songs such as “Lit Up” and “Crazy Bitch,” it doesn’t mean things can’t be high-minded at times. A case in point for Buckcherry is “Our World,” a late addition to “All Night Long” that Todd wrote in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and which was sold through iTunes to raise money for relief efforts.

“I pay attention to current events,” Todd says. “That song was already in the can, just about the state of what’s going on in the world and how we’re doing a lot of crazy (stuff) to our planet and how there needs to be a big shift in the way we think and approach things.

“The BP oil disaster was the icing on the cake. We just thought that we had to do something, and we had this song that’s so fitting for the times. So I went and re-wrote a couple lines in the first verse, just to take in a little more of what’s going on now and make it more relevant.”

Buckcherry performs with Nickelback and Three Days Grace at 6:15 p.. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $79.50, $59.50 and $49.50. Call 313-471-6606 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

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