Buckcherry Preps Live Album

Buckcherry expects to have some fresh music in hand soon.

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While it's been living somewhat in the past with a newly enhanced version of its latest album, "Black Butterfly," and an upcoming live release, Buckcherry also expects to have some fresh music in hand soon.

"You will most likely hear something new from us next year," guitarist Keith Nelson told Billboard.com during a recent conference call with reporters. "I don't know if we have a timetable as much as we have a bunch of ideas that we're kicking around. We're very excited about writing new material."

In fact, singer Josh Todd added, the group is already "working on a project we're kind of keeping secretive right now. It's definitely going to be a departure from what we do. It's definitely coming out great. Hopefully by next year someone'll get to hear it." Neither Todd nor Nelson would elaborate except to say it's a musical endeavor and involves the band only, with no guests. "You're gonna have to be patient on this," Nelson said.

Buckcherry is giving fans plenty of music in the meantime, however. "Black Butterfly (Enhanced)" came out on Sept. 8, replacing the track "Too Drunk..." with Buckcherry's over of Deep Purple's "Highway Star" that the group recorded for TNT's Nascar broadcasts. "We figured eveyrbody had 'Too Drunk...,'" Todd explained. "('Highway Star') fit in perfectly there."

"Live & Loud," which is due out Sept. 29, was culled from six shows recorded earlier this year and marks Buckcherry's first official concert album. "This is the first time we've had an opportunity to do it the way we wanted to do it," Nelson said. Todd added that, "There's imperfections, there's extended songs...We wanted to capture what this band was about live. It's a cool experience." Nelson added that, "This was the first."

Buckcherry jumps back into the live experience on Sept. 25, when the group joins Kiss for its Sonic Boom fall tour of North America. The first incarnation of Buckcherry previously toured with Kiss in 1999, and Todd and Nelson said they're looking forward to rekindling the relationship.

"We want to be involved in events, and this is a huge event," Todd said. "They've been 35 years out there in rock 'n' roll; that's impressive for anybody to do, especially in this time. They broke a lot of rules and we love that. Plus, we're huge Kiss fans, too."

Thanks for the report to Billboard.com.

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    I like their guitar work sometimes, but man...Josh Todd is not my cup of tea. I find him to sound like he's trying to pinch one out, and his lyrics are either party garbage or forced sincerity. This is one album i'll pass on.
    i saw them with avenged sevenfold ehhh..... just ehhh there nothin special just another rock band passing through to me
    amazing. cant wait and really cant ait for new stuff. love Buckcherry, my favourite band actually. Not many good bands out there these days
    these guys have been around for a suprisingly long time so they must be doing something right. I actually might be more impressed that the lead singer is still alive. he looked like he was in some pretty rough shape 5 or so years ago.
    I really liked 15 for what it was, just a fun, free spirited rock record. It was pretty much my soundtrack for that summer after it came out, but it got old pretty fast (especially the singles). I still enjoy songs like Onset, Carousel, and Sunshine now and then, but other than that they've pretty much worn out their welcome. Just another band.
    Nothin special. Kind of glad to see basically no comments about this album here on ultimate-guitar. I was always under the impression that they had a huge following that i wasn't aware of. Personally i think they're just jocks with guitars, or something. As someone mentioned, forced sincerity with the lyrics.
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    well the first album and 15 are great..black butterflye was so...boring after the 5. time you lisen to it...but i gonan check the live album out
    i didnt get into buckcherry til a few months ago and it was sooo hard to find Too Drunk... thanks Josh Todd. I guess not everyone had Too Drunk...