Buckcherry's first studio album in four years, "Fifteen
", sold just over 26,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States to debut at position No. 48 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.
" -- which was originally issued in Japan last October -- showcases the guitar-driven, bluesy-rock with the hard edge Buckcherry is known for. Co-produced by guitarist Keith Nelson with Mike Plotnikoff and Paul DeCarli, the album is filled with highlights like "Out Of Line" as well as "Sorry", a ballad co-written by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith).
parted ways in 2002 after the demise of DreamWorks Records, the band took the time to reassess their future direction. "We were pulled apart by so many outside forces that took us away from what we set out to do,
explains. Singer Josh Todd and Nelson reunited to play a benefit for the late drummer Randy Castillo, after which they were recruited by Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to play in the now infamous GN'R project that eventually evolved into Velvet Revolver. "By the end, I was spent dealing with all the egos, I needed some time off,
" explains Nelson, who received a co-writing credit on Velvet Revolver's "Dirty Little Thing".
The duo continued to write songs, explains Todd
. "It made us realize how fun it was to be in a band again; we focused on what mattered, the music.
" Revitalized and inspired after recruiting D., Muriel and Ashhurst, the band recorded "Fifteen" in 15 days. "Buckcherry is a rock 'n' roll band. We wanted to get the vibe back which made us so explosive,
" says Todd. "We went into the studio and vowed not come out until we had a successful, ass-kicking, career-defining album.
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