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Buckcherry at Stars & Stripes Festival, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Buckcherry has kicked around the past 20 years for just one reason.

“We play good rock ‘n’ roll music,” according to frontman and co-founder Josh Todd.

The California quintet’s history includes seven albums and enduring rock favorites such as “Lit Up,” “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry.” The group has changed quite a bit -- Todd is the only original member left, and two of the current lineup joined just last year -- but save for a three-year hiatus between 2002-05 Buckcherry has remained active.

And with new music being written now, Todd doesn’t foresee that changing any time soon. Until then Buckcherry is currently headlining the Gen-X Summer tour with 90s rock mates P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm...

• Todd, 48, says the Gen-X tour is a throwback that conjures plenty of good memories from Buckcherry’s early days. “A few months ago my manager came to be and said, ‘There’s been all this demand for Buckcherry and...basically demand for a lot of the 90s bands.’ So they came to us to put a package together, and we did a lot of shows with P.O.D. and Lit, and at that time there were so many hits between us. They’re really great guys, and it’s going really well. It’s a nice thing to be part of a package like this again.”

• Todd recalls that “rock was booming” during Buckcherry’s earliest days, which is much different that today’s circumstances. “I don’t want to talk...about another bands, but when I put on Active Rock radio it sounds like one song for 45 minutes. There’s no dynamic from band to band. They don’t have the kind of personalities and dynamics like we did. Nowadays they want everyone to sound the same or it doesn’t get played -- no matter how good your song is. So now (rock radio) isn’t a place young people go to listen to music. They’re all listening to hip-hop and pop, ‘cause it’s more exciting. That makes me sad.”

• Todd and Buckcherry are currently writing new material and plan to hit the studio during September with producer Mike Plotnikoff to make a follow-up to 2015’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” “We’ve got a whole record written. We play one song live, ‘The Vacuum.’ I wrote 30 songs for a 19-song record, and I think everybody’s gonna be really surprised and happy with this record. It sounds like Buckcherry, but it’s a really well-rounded record. We spent a lot of time banging these songs into shape, and I’m really proud of it.”

If You Go:

• Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm

• 6:45 p.m. Saturday, June 30.

• Stars & Stripes Festival, Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

• Admission is $3 before 6 p.m., $5 after.

• Call 248-348-5600 or visit funfestevents.net.

Web Site: www.funfestevents.com

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