Buckcherry is an American rock band from Anaheim, California that formed in 1995. The band released two albums, Buckcherry (1999) and Time Bomb (2001), before dissolving in 2002. In 2005, lead vocalist Josh Todd and lead guitarist Keith Nelson reformed Buckcherry with a new lineup and released a new album in 2006, 15. It contained Buckcherry's biggest crossover hits to date, "Crazy Bitch", and their first Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit, "Sorry". Their fourth album, Black Butterfly, was released in 2008, and their fifth album, All Night Long, was released in 2010. Buckcherry released their sixth album, Confessions, in 2013, followed by their seventh album Rock 'n' Roll in 2015. Buckcherry released their new album Warpaint in 2019 with a new guitarist and drummer. The members of Buckcherry are Josh Todd, Stevie D., Kelly Lemieux, Kevin Roetgen and Sean Winchester.
Twinmusix got to speak to Stevie D from Buckcherry about their upcoming tour and more.
TM - Hey Stevie, this is Amelia and Elizabeth from twinmusix. How are you?
SD - Good Thank you. How are you?
TM - Good. I have to say it is always good to watch live. I got to watch you guys on the run you did with Steel Panther and Bowling For Soup in England.
SD - That was a great tour and we always have fun with Steel Panther.
TM - Awesome dude, so What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
SD - Fans can expect a fantastic show with a lot of hits. We are touring with Hardcore Superstar who is from Sweden, their rock and roll is very similar to ours. They are guitar driven, have screaming vocals and loud drums. We have tried this type of ticket before in the UK and the response was unbelievable. These guys are fantastic monster musicians and fantastic human beings too.
TM - They sound like cool guys. They put on a fantastic show last time they came to Sydney. How do you go picking the setlist for your tour?
SD - Joshua probably Picks most of our hits and probably some songs from our new album Warpaint and probably my favorite back down.
TM - How have fans responded to your new album warpaint?
SD - Fans have gone gangbusters. We have had sold-out show and capacity shows. The response online has been good for songs like right now and radio song it's been a success so far.
TM - Well Done on the success of your new album. What was your writing and recording process for Your new album warpaint?
SD - The writing process went on for 2 years, we wrote about 40 or 50 songs and we narrowed it down to some songs we liked. Then recorded with our producer. We started off with drums, then we recorded the bass guitar and the guitar and then we finished it off with leads and vocals.
TM - You have a new drummer and guitarist what is it like playing with them?
SD - We could have chosen anyone but why we chose Kevin on guitar and Francis on drums. We have known these guys since the 90s and we have all been in brother sister bands. We wanted guys that we would get along with because we are on tour a lot and so we can hang out as well as being fantastic musicians and songwriters.
TM - Did they affect your writing and recording process?
SD - Most of the songs were written by the time they had shown up. They did help right one song called Dublin details. I am looking forward to writing more songs with them.
TM - You worked with Mike on this new album, what was it like working with him?
SD - We also worked with him on our 15th album and it was all about getting back to that vibe. Mike has been a part of the musical landscape on Active Rock radio for years so we wanted to get what we do and put it in a sonic environment. He is a very talented producer, we have been very successful with him and sold millions of albums, so we thought we would go back with him.
TM - What is your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live can you tell us a story?
SD - The reason I got into the car when I was a kid was to watch Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads on stage. They would just crush guitar solos. I was in the impressionable stage of my life and I enjoyed watching what he could do. They were playing songs and that was moving everybody. It was at that point, I knew it was what I wanted to do.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
SD - I would like to see The Hives taking one of our songs and make it punk.
TM - If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
SD - I would have loved to do the song with Prince. I would also love to do a song with Lenny Kravitz. We have similar influencers and taste in music. We have met and we get on great, so I think it would be a great experience.
TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
SD - Get ready some motherf***ers, we are on their way to kick some ass and play some awesome shows.
TM - Thank You for this interview today and we cannot wait to see you rock out in Sydney.