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Buckcherry has new "Rock 'N' Roll" album on the way

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Buckcherry is trying to make the most out of having its own record label these days.

The Los Angeles hard rock troupe of "Lit Up" and "Crazy B****" fame launched its F-Bomb Records imprint last year with an EP called "F***." And on Aug. 21 it will release the company's first full-length album, "Rock 'N' Roll," which is aptly described by the title.

"We have our own label now, so we get to creatively do what we're great at, and that's being Buckcherry," frontman Josh Todd says by phone from Los Angeles. "Over the years, being on several different labels, we've been pushed and pulled and told so many different things, and we've learned that whenever we stick to our guns and do what feels right to ourselves and to the honest of Buckcherry, then everything works out.

"So this is like the best time to be in Buckcherry, for us creatively, as artists. It's fantastic. It's a lot to take on as well, so we're learning as we go."

Buckcherry has released a first single from the album, "Bring It On Back," which was inspired by professional auto racing drivers Kyle and Kurt Busch. The group is on the road well in front of "Rock 'N' Roll's" release, but Todd, 45, doesn't see that as a problem.

"We're only playing 'Bring It On Back' live, 'cause that's the only song that's out there," the singer notes. "But this record's so deep, there's so many great songs. I'm like, 'God, I really want to play 'Tight Pants' live and I've got to sit and wait. But we already have six other records and we can't even get to a lot of that music.

"It's quality problem, and we're just gonna have to wait and deal with it. We're always into huge touring, so we'll get to everything at the right time."

Buckcherry and Hoobastank

8 p.m. Friday, June 26.

Stars & Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.

Admission is free. VIP tickets are $25.

Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.

Web Site: www.starsandstripesfest.com

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