BUCKCHERRY (1999–2002; 2006–PRESENT). Josh Todd (vocals), Keith Nelson (guitar), Stevie D. (Dacanay, guitars), Jimmy Ashhurst (bass), Xavier Muriel (drums).
Emerging in the mid-nineties in L.A., Buckcherry played an AC/DC-flavored brand of old-school rock. The band was formed when guitarist Keith Nelson and vocalist Josh Todd were introduced, as legend would have it, by their mutual tattoo artist. After winning a contract with Dreamworks Records, their debut selftitled album was released in 1999 and featured the hits “Lit Up” and “Check Your
Head,” which helped to make the album a success. After the follow-up Time Bomb failed to match the success of its predecessor, the band members went their separate ways.
Deciding to try again three years later, Nelson and Todd put together a new lineup and put out the album 15, comprised of fifteen tracks that they had recorded in fifteen days. Hitting the road behind the album, they reinvigorated their fan base and tapped into a legion of fans who still appreciated the old-school, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses–influenced rock and roll that the band did so well. On the basis of tracks like the vulgar yet funky stripper favorite “Crazy Bitch,” and the more radio-friendly “Everything” and “Sorry,” the album went platinum, and set the stage for the follow-up Black Butterfly in 2008.
Discography: Buckcherry (DreamWorks, 1999); Time Bomb (DreamWorks, 2001); Time Bomb [Japan Bonus Track] (Dreamworks, 2002); 15 (Eleven Seven, 2006); Black Butterfly (Atlantic, 2008).