Buckcherry Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live
August 16, 2010
On Thursday night, Buckcherry, performed the title track off their newly released album, 'All Night Long'. Check out the performance below. 'All Night Long' has debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and was the #1 Rock chart.
Buckcherry is currently on the road this summer for a select few dates before supporting Nickleback and Three Days Grace for an extensive North American tour starting September 14th in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena. Be sure to check out their MySpace and Facebook pages for updates on the band.
Buckcherry Prepare Album Release
June 22, 2010
nominated rockers Buckcherry
are preparing to release their fifth studio album, 'All Night Long'
, on August 3rd. The new album will be a follow-up to last year's 'Black Butterfly',
which premiered at #8 on the Billboard Top 200
. Having recently moved back to Eleven Seven Music
, the guys are ready to "continue to elevate our game" according to front man Josh Todd
. Check out their first single and video, "All Night Long
," and download it for FREE through their new widget.
The guys are also giving away another free MP3 for their new track, "Our World
," to bring light to the oil spill in The Gulf of Mexico. You can see what they have to say about the spill and get the free track on the band's official site, www.buckcherry.com
is currently touring the US through the fall. Head to their Myspace for tour dates and additional information.
Official Page: http://www.buckcherry.com/
Smile Empty Soul Announce Tour Dates With Saliva, Buckcherry
August 10, 2009
Santa Clarita, CA based Smile Empty Soul
is currently on the road performing to packed houses every night alongside metallic quintet Saliva
throughout the month of August. The band is performing material from their upcoming new album “Consciousness
”, which is slated for an August 25th release through F.O.F Label Group/EMI
"We are so excited right now to be on the road promoting this record that we just poured our hearts and souls into," says Smile Empty Soul's Sean Danielsen
. "The tour is going great and everyone is freaking out about the new material. We can't wait for the album to come out."
Smile Empty Soul's
” was recorded in Los Angeles, CA by producer by Eddie Wohl
, Ill Nino
) and mixed by Jay Baumgardner
(Three Days Grace
, Papa Roach
). The album takes the signature hard rock sound that Smile Empty Soul
has created with modern rock staples like "Bottom of a Bottle
", "Nowhere Kids
" and "Silhouettes
" and hones it to perfection on new tracks “Don’t Ever Leave
” and “Faker
Smile Empty Soul
, Monster Energy Drinks
and Schecter Guitars
have announced a contest for the group’s upcoming album “Consciousness
”, where one lucky fan will win an exclusive performance from the band at the winner’s house. Fans that visit this location
and purchase the group’s new single “Don’t Ever Leave
” from iTunes will be automatically entered to win. The contest winner will be announced on Sept 30th, 2009 and the band will they play a private party for the winner at a date to be determined. Fans can also join The Monster Army at http://monsterarmy.loopd.com
to get a free exclusive song download from “Consciousness
” courtesy of Smile Empty Soul
and Monster Energy Drinks
The trio Smile Empty Soul
, vocals, guitar; Ryan Martin
, bass; and Jake Kilmer
, drums) has persevered through a series of obstacles that would have destroyed countless other bands. After reaching the heights of modern rock success on the group's gold certified 2003 self-titled debut, which unleashed the #1 single "Bottom Of A Bottle
", Smile Empty Soul
recorded their sophomore effort "Anxiety
". The album never hit store shelves after the group’s lead single was protested by Christian Fundamentalist groups, who organized a letter campaign against the label’s parent company Warner Bros
. After parting ways with their record label, the band re-tooled their line-up and recorded their third album “Vultures
”, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200
and at #14 on the Independent Album Charts. Since the group’s inception Smile Empty Soul
toured relentlessly alongside some of rock’s biggest bands including Hinder
, Papa Roach
, Puddle of Mud
and Finger Eleven
Smile Empty Soul
Tour Dates w/ Saliva
8/10 - Great Falls, MT @ Mansfield Convention Center (w/ Buckcherry
8/11 - Butte, MT @ Butte Civic Center (w/ Buckcherry
8/13 - Tulsa, OK @ The Fly Trap Music Hall
8/16 - South Bend, IN @ St. Patricks Park
8/19 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
8/20 - Kansas City, MO @ Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge
8/26 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
8/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverstar
8/29 - Middleton, WI @ Scatz
9/04 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ First Avenue Live
9/05 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
9/10 - Evansville, IN @ Woody’s Bar
For more info on Smile Empty Soul
, visit www.myspace.com/smileemptysoulmusic
Avenged Sevenfold On Final Stretch of Touring Cycle
April 11, 2009
If you haven't caught hard-rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold on their recent tour, now is your last chance. The band have announced that they will finish their current U.S. tour with two epic SoCal shows before a crowd of beloved hometown fans at The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on April 16th, 2009 and at the San Diego Sports Arena on April 17th, 2009. Avenged Sevenfold will also perform at The New Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 18th with special guests Atreyu & Rev Theory. This will be the last chance to catch the Orange County quintet until 2010, marking the end of a hugely successful touring cycle as the band heads into the studio to work on their next album once the tour is finished.
Avenged Sevenfold have been on the road for more than a year, playing to packed arenas on the fourth annual Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, as well as a European tour with rock legends Iron Maiden. Avenged Sevenfold are currently on the third leg of their extensive North American tour. The tour, a co-headlining jaunt with Buckcherry that began last fall, has been a triumphant success with numerous sold-out shows, resulting in the extension of the tour to meet demand. With tickets at just under $40 it has been one of the most thriving rock tours of the year.
"After touring the world for pretty much two years straight, the stars aligned and have us finishing up in Southern California and Las Vegas," says the band's guitarist Zacky Vengeance. "If I could offer one piece of inside info it would be that these shows are the ones to see. We will be celebrating a very successful run and 10 years of madness that all started in the great state of California (though our friends in Las Vegas know how to throw a party so we can't leave them out either). We are f*cking excited to be home and leave everything we have on the table before we get to work on a new kick-ass album. So I am personally inviting you to come out alongside our closest friends and family and leave the ear plugs at home as we throw down for these end-of-tour shows. Don't be the one left out."
The band is touring behind the self-produced 'Avenged Sevenfold', which topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock charts the week after its release in October 2007. It also won the award for "Best Album" at the 2008! Kerrang! Awards. The follow-up to 2005's million-selling 'City of Evil', 'Avenged Sevenfold' debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the biggest sales week ever for the quintet. The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Avenged Sevenfold U.S. tour dates:
4/09 - Amarillo, TX - Amarillo Civic Center
4/10 - Lubbock, TX - LoneStar Amphitheater
4/11 - Las Cruces, NM - Pan America Center
4/13 - Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado Springs World Arena
4/16 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
4/17 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Sports Arena
4/18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel
Avenged Sevenfold Add More Dates To Current Tour
February 6, 2009
Due to overwhelming fan demand, Orange County's Avenged Sevenfold have extended their current tour, adding an additional series of spring North American tour dates to the second leg, which began on January 28th. The tour, a co-headlining jaunt with Buckcherry that began last fall, has been a triumphant success with heavy demand for tickets and sold-out shows. Filling out the bill are Papa Roach. The tour is a great opportunity to see the most exciting hard rock for $40 or less. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster and other outlets in February. Please see below for tour and on-sale dates.
Avenged Sevenfold have been on the road for more than a year, playing to packed arenas on the fourth annual Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, as well as a European tour with rock legends Iron Maiden. The band is touring behind the self-produced 'Avenged Sevenfold', which topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock charts the week after its release in October 2007. It also won the award for "Best Album" at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards. The follow-up to 2005's million-selling 'City of Evil', Avenged Sevenfold debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the biggest sales week ever for the quintet. The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Avenged Sevenfold recently captured their spectacular stage show in an acclaimed DVD/CD package called 'Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough', which features the band's jubilant hometown show at the Long Beach Arena headlining Taste of Chaos in April 2008, as well as previously unreleased b-sides and other never-before-heard material.
Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming tour dates are as follows. Newly announced on-sale dates are listed in parentheses:
w/ Buckcherry, Papa Roach:
2/06 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
2/07 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
2/09 - Spokane, WA - Star Theater at Spokane Arena
2/12 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/14 - Council Bluffs, ID - Mid America Center
2/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Family Arena
2/20 - Cleveland, OH - The Wolstein Center
2/21 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena
2/23 - Cincinnati, OH - The Bank of Kentucky Center
2/24 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
2/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Peterson Events Center
3/20 - Utica, NY, Utica Auditorium (2/14)
3/23 - Columbus, GA, Columbus Civic Center (2/7)
3/26 - Johnson City, TN, Freedom Hall (2/7)
3/27 - Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena (2/7)
3/30 - Nashville, TN, Sommet Center (2/6)
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HOME TOWN: Los Angeles, CA
A band can respond to success in many different ways.
It can become complacent and rest on its laurels. It can become cautious and just give fans more of the same thing they liked the last time. It can become cocky and not even care about what comes next.
Or it can be like Buckcherry and go for the throat.
Emboldened, enriched, inflamed, and re-invigorated by the success of 2006's RIAA platinum, Grammy-nominated 15 (which included the monster hits "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry"), the hard rockin' California quintet returns with BLACK BUTTERFLY, a 12-song set that strides forward with the kind of confidence and spirit of adventure you expect from a band that feels it constantly has more to prove. Produced by guitarist Keith Nelson and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, "Almost Famous," Fuel), BLACK BUTTERFLY finds Buckcherry using the revival spurred by 15 to push itself even further in its quest for Sex, Drugs, and Buckcherry.
"The bar's been raised because of 15," says frontman Josh Todd. "We spent longer on the writing process for BLACK BUTTERFLY than for any of our other records. We wanted to make sure that we had the goods, because 15 was a great record. We want to continue to elevate our game."
Nelson concurs, adding that, "I think the challenge for us has been just to get back to the headspace we were in three years ago, when it was us against the world and we had to make the record of our lives. I think that's exactly where we're at. We haven't changed much in the process – it's the same rehearsal space, the same pre-production room. The only difference is the cars in the parking lot are a little nicer."
There's no question that 15 was the album of Buckcherry's career to this point – the right record at exactly the right time.
After a quick-start in 1999 with an RIAA gold debut album and hits such as "Lit Up," "Check Your Head," and "For the Movies," Buckcherry went on a much-needed hiatus in 2002 in order for Todd and Nelson to regroup and refresh their enthusiasm for the band. Todd recorded a solo album in 2004, while Nelson wrote and recorded with other artists. The two even performed and wrote briefly with Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum in the precursor to Velvet Revolver. But the duo never lost their desire to bring back Buckcherry. They reactivated the band in 2005 with three new members – guitarist Stevie D., bassist Jimmy Ashhurst, and drummer Xavier Muriel – and signed on a committed management team at Tenth Street Entertainment.
That commitment was particularly valuable, since the music industry as a whole was lukewarm to 15 when it was first shopped around. The band financed the album itself and first signed deals in Japan and Canada (where 15 also went platinum) before a self-release at home was ultimately picked up by Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records. An active and forward-thinking viral campaign had "Crazy Bitch" coming out of every radio, Internet portal, and strip club you could imagine. It went on to sell more than 1.2 million digital copies – scoring an RIAA platinum single, earned an RIAA double-platinum ringtone certification, and landed a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.
15 itself sold more than the combined total of Buckcherry's two previous albums, and "Sorry” – sweeping behind 15's other singles ("Everything," "Next 2 You," and "Broken Glass") – became Buckcherry's first Top 10 hit, peaking at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart as well as hitting the Top 10 of the Hot AC survey. And more than 300 live shows in support of the album kept the band abundantly visible throughout that campaign.
Nelson says that Buckcherry appreciates the milestones it was able to achieve with 15. "It's all such a gift," he explains, "because four years ago there wasn't a band. A lot of people left us for dead. So you can be fearful of success, or you can move on. I think being grateful and excited about how lucky we are to have this job… that's the head space we're in moving forward."
Buckcherry began writing for BLACK BUTTERFLY last November before hitting the studio in the spring. "That's coming off 25 months of non-stop touring," Nelson notes. "Nobody was really taking off on vacation. We got right back to work."
The process, Todd says, was much the same as on 15. "I'll just come in with a vocal melody and we'll build a song that way… Keith'll put his magic on it, and Jimmy or Stevie will add their input as well, and we hash it together in a room," he explains. "We just tried not to overthink it. The challenge is to not get all caught up in 'Are they hits? Are they good enough? Is it gonna be great?' We just finish the songs and start tearing them apart once we have a body of work that we can look at."
Ultimately, Todd adds, Buckcherry wanted to keep pursuing a broad variety of material that would appeal to the rock dogs who favor "Crazy Bitch" and "Lit Up" and those who were captured by the soaring melodicism of "Sorry." "We like to be well-rounded. We don't want to be just one speed," Todd says. "We're always going to have songs that are gonna be great on Hot AC and Top 40 radio. We always have ballads on our records. It's OK as long as we stay true to our roots, which is rock 'n' roll."
The result, BLACK BUTTERFLY, again captures the band’s ability to master a diverse repertoire of songs. The album erupts with fierce, fast-paced rock tracks like “Rescue Me” and “A Child Called ‘It’.” Yet “Don’t Go Away” is a melodic, mid-tempo plea “about being vulnerable, longing to be with a loved one but feeling so far away,” Todd says.
Buckcherry does throw a bit of a curveball out of the box on BLACK BUTTERFLY. The first single, "Too Drunk...," is a slinky and sexy track that takes the band in yet another kind of direction, while still retaining a muscular, rocking core. "I just wanted something that was funky," notes Todd, "so Keith and Stevie collaborated on it and just turned it into something with a lot of space to tell a story."
And that story? It's about being too inebriated to, well, let's say perform. "It represents my childhood," Todd reveals. "'Too Drunk...' tells the story of how we rolled as kids. I just thought it was funny to throw that tag, 'too drunk to fuck,' because sometimes that was the case."
Buckcherry rolls into another kind of childhood on another couple of songs. Dave Pelzer's book, A Child Called “It”, about a horrific case of child abuse in California, yielded two songs for BLACK BUTTERFLY – "Child Called It" and the redemptive "Rescue Me." Todd says of A Child Called “It,” there were times when I had to put the book down because the abuse of this boy was so bad, but I felt like the book found me… I was compelled to write this song out of inspiration from this guy’s incredible journey.”
"Fallout" deals autobiographically with some of the struggles and turmoil that have dotted Todd's life, while "Imminent Bailout" is "just balls to the wall rock 'n' roll, more on our punk rock side." "Rose," meanwhile, is a sweeping road song that Todd likens to Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" and Guns 'N Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine."
Adding to the process this time around was Frederiksen, who had co-written two songs, "Sorry" and "Next 2 You," on 15. "After that," Nelson notes, "the seed was planted that maybe we could work together as producers on the new album. We had a great sort of vibe with him, and he seemed like the perfect choice."
Todd says that Frederiksen – who co-wrote four of BLACK BUTTERFLY's songs and also sang backing vocals – "is really great with melody, and he's a great musician as well. He understands every aspect of how a rock song is put together, and he really helps us to make our ideas gel."
Knowing that 15's rise was very organic and built on a grass-roots fan campaign and word-of-mouth, Buckcherry hopes to continue that path with BLACK BUTTERFLY – at least as much as they can, considering it's one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, quite a change from when 15 came out nearly two and a half years ago. In fact, as BLACK BUTTERFLY nears release, 15’s “Sorry” and “Crazy Bitch” remain very active on radio and singles charts. There will, of course, be plenty of viral adventures to help fans tap into the band on a very direct level, but Buckcherry is particularly looking forward to returning to the road, first with Mötley Crüe’s inaugural Crüe Fest tour – which Nelson calls "more fun than human beings should be allowed to have" – and then with global headlining dates of its own.
"That's the heart of who we are, playing live," Todd says. "We've always prided ourselves on our live show, and that's why we have this really great foundation when we go out there. I feel like we really bring the thunder. When we come to your town we really are focused on giving you you're money's worth. We're adamant about bringing that to the table every night, and nothing's ever gonna change that."