HUNTINGTON, New York, Dec. 11
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
As the band that just this year put out its “F**K” extended play, Buckcherry is no stranger to controversy. Over its nearly 15-year existence, Buckcherry has – along with the controversy – also found success in hit singles like “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry.” On Dec. 15, Buckcherry will bring that success – and, yes, the controversy – to The Paramount with a show presented by 94.3 The Shark and also starring American Ice Age and Saviour.
Founded in 1995 by lead singer Josh Todd, Buckcherry originally hails from Anaheim, Calif. where Todd met lead guitarist Keith Nelson. The duo hit it off and starting making music. They eventually recruited – now former – bassist Jonathan Brightman and Devon Glenn to form what they would call Sparrow. Due to legal concerns, the group changed its name to Buckcherry and found its first commercial success with its first, self-titled release, which peaked at no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart in 1999 and was also certified gold in both Canada and the United States.
Today, Todd, Nelson and newcomers Stevie D. (guitar), Xavier Muriel (drums) and Kelly LeMieux (bass) make up Buckcherry – and the band will arrive to The Paramount just next week.
The show – which promises to be a true rock ’n’ roll show – hopes to build upon the band’s latest release, “F**K,” and its tracks like “Say F**K It” – an “amped up” version of Icona Pop’s “I Love It” – and “Somebody F**ked With Me.” Yes, all of the titles of the songs on the record contain that word.
The release – the band’s seventh studio effort – contains the same blazing guitar riffs and sing-along lyrics that the band became known for back in 2006 with its third studio album, “15.” Certified platinum in the United States, “15” spawned hits like “Crazy Bitch,” “Next 2 You” and “Sorry” – the band’s highest charting single yet on the U.S. Hot 100 chart, where it reach No. 9.
Along with Buckcherry for the ride to The Paramount is American Ice Age – a hardcore rock band from Long Island – and the metal band from Franklin Square, Saviour. American Ice Age, formed in 2006, boasts members and ex-members of Long Island hardcore bands and has cited bands like AC/DC, Metallica and Slayer as its inspiration. Saviour, a band for more than 30 years now, keeps its faith in heavy metal with influences like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple inspiring its sound.
On Dec. 15, when The Paramount’s doors open at 7 p.m., the three bands will take the stage to deliver their sounds. In order to be one of those in the crowd that get to receive that delivery, tickets are available at http://www.paramountny.com or from the box office at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington for $15-40.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014; Front page)