Tuesday night, Los Angeles hard rockers, Buckcherry returned to the Treasure Valley for a long overdue concert. The quintet owned the Boise Knitting Factory crowd from the moment they took the stage. Prior to the show The Examiner grabbed a few minutes with guitarist and co-founder Keith Nelson to talk about the band’s sixth studio album, “Confessions”. Nelson also talked about his favorite guitar, staying mentally and physically fit on the road, and what he has learned from the artists who have inspired him. He also shared a bit of little known Buckcherry trivia.
Nelson founded Buckcherry in 1995 with frontman Josh Todd. The two were connected through their mutual tattoo artist and bonded quickly over a love of AC/DC, among other things. The band would release its critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 1999. Two years later, the sophomore effort, “Time Bomb” was released. Before the quintet’s third album could be recorded, the band’s other three members all left the group; forward momentum was derailed and Buckcherry went on hiatus.
Fast forward five years and Buckcherry stormed back in a big way with its platinum selling third album, “15”. Buoyed by the massive hit “Crazy Bitch”, the band was once again propelled across the continent one stage at a time. Nelson and Todd fortified the line up with guitarist Stevie D, drummer Xavier Muriel, and bassist Jimmy Ashhurst.
In 2008, they released “Black Butterfly” which went top 10 on Billboard’s rock charts. This was followed in 2009 by the band’s first live effort, “Live & Loud”. The band spent part of 2009 touring with Kiss. A fifth studio album, “All Night Long”, which was again a highly acclaimed release, dropped in 2010.
In February of 2013 the band returned with its sixth studio album, “Confessions”. This marked the band’s first concept record. “Confessions” is based loosely around the seven deadly sins, and includes tracks named after each of them. The ideas were inspired by Todd’s childhood which surfaced as the singer was working on a book about his life.
Nelson produced “Confessions” along with Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne) who previously worked with the Buckcherry on “Black Butterfly”. In our interview below, Nelson talks about the freedom afforded the band within the album’s concept. He also discusses the film that remains in the works that accompanies “Confessions”. Check it out, catch the band on tour this summer, and get your ears on the new album.