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Buckcherry's "Confessions" weighs in on band's sinful past

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The core of Buckcherry's sixth album, "Confessions," comes from a topic frontman Josh Todd knows well -- the seven deadly sins.

"I've struggled with moderation my whole life, so the sins have been prevalent in my life as far back as I can remember," explains, Todd, 43, who co-founded the Los Angeles hard rock group with guitarist Keith Nelson in 1995. "It's something I'm always struggling with, and I think everybody does to some degree. That' why they're unique and timeless, and I think a lot of people can relate to them."

Todd and Nelson originally figured they'd write one song for each sin, but seven tracks doesn't exactly make a full album. So they fleshed it out with other songs, including some inspired by a short film Todd is making about his life, but, he notes, "it all still revolves around the seven sins.

"It's more like a theme record than a concept record," Todd says. "The goal was to make a great Buckcherry record where it didn't matter if you were invested the story or not. You could just put it on and be happy with it.

"I think we did a great job that way. I think we really served the sins, and the rest of the album complements those songs."

Buckcherry is out touring on its own now, including a series of festivals throughout the summer. But it spent the early part of the year on the road opening for Kid Rock, which Todd says was a good way for the group to launch "Confessions," which debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 in February.

"Y'know, he puts on a great show and has a great band and a lot of really dedicated, devoted fans who come out for him," Todd recalls. "And I think what we did translates really well to that audience. We picked up a lot of new fans on that (tour)."

Buckcherry performs at the WRIF Rock Girl Competition at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St., Detroit. Admission is free but limited to available space. Call 313-964-7625 or visit www.hardrock.com.

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