BUCKCHERRY Singer: 'I Like Artists That Have Something To Say Themselves'

Steve Newton of Straight.com recently conducted an interview with BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd. A couple excerpts from the chat follow:

On "American Idol":

"I can't believe how big that thing has gotten. I don't know what to say about that, you know. I actually think [previous 'American Idol' winner] Kelly Clarkson is a really great singer, so there are some good artists that come out of that, but a lot of it is just force-feeding America, you know. America picks the winner, but then all these songwriters write the songs for them, and they put out a record. I really like artists that have something to say themselves."

On when he and BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson hooked up with ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum at a memorial benefit for drummer Randy Castillo (OZZY OSBOURNE, MÖTLEY CRÜE):

"We were actually a band there for about a month and a half, and we wrote about nine songs. We had some good chemistry, and then Slash just came in and abruptly pulled the plug. So we were the first incarnation that was right before the VELVET REVOLVER thing."

On VELVET REVOLVER's decision to hire Scott Weiland to sing for them:

"I think that they made the right decision on what to do. I'm happy that they had success selling records, you know, 'cause it's hard to sell records as a rock band right now."

On sharing the stage with Neil Young during last year's Live 8 show in Toronto (he was there to replace a sick Steven Tyler on a "Walk This Way" jam with RUN-DMC and AEROSMITH):

"I was backstage, and they said, 'Hey, do you want to go up and sing with Neil Young and everybody on 'Rockin' in the Free World'?,' and I was like, 'Hell, yeah!' When I got on stage, it was just me and Neil on one mic, and that was like totally amazing. It was really intimidating — and fuckin' awesome."

BUCKCHERRY's first studio album in four years, "Fifteen", has sold 121,000 copies in the United States since its April 11 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

BUCKCHERRY broke up in 2001 after the disappointing response to their second effort, "Time Bomb".

BUCKCHERRY came onto the scene in 1999 with their self-titled debut, which featured the hits "Lit Up", "Check Your Head" and "For The Movies".

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