Former BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his failed attempt at becoming the frontman of a new group featuring former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar), Matt Sorum (drums), and Duff McKagan (bass).
After a much-talked-about live performance last April at the Randy Castillo benefit concert in Hollywood with Slash, McKagan, Sorum, and former BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson, Todd teamed with the ad hoc group in a local studio to explore further possibilities. The quintet worked five days a week for a month and came up with ten songs.
"It was amazing, the band was slamming," Todd said. "And then Slash just came in one day and just shitcanned the whole thing. He said, 'I can't do this anymore.' And we were like, 'What?' It was a real drag 'cause the energy in that room was so amazing, and it could have been a really great thing if the egos would have let it [be]. There were just too many chiefs in the tribe."
According to Todd, Slash soon began downplaying the experience. "All of a sudden [Slash] is in the press saying they're auditioning singers now, and they auditioned me. And I'm like, 'What are you talking about, man? You didn't audition me? We did a show together!' It was just so stupid."
"I don't know what his deal is," Todd continues. "I don't know if he was not confident in the lineup . . . I was just so pissed off that I wasted a month of my time."
The singer also slammed Slash and company for taking their vocalist search to VH1, which will allegedly document the band's tryouts for a new television show. "How gay is that?" said Todd. "What the fuck? He's turning to reality TV? It's like 'American Idol' with the GN'R band, you know? I just think that totally takes away from what it could have been, but, whatever."
Todd, who is currently mixing his first solo album, teamed with a group of unknown musicians for the project, which he describes as "new school meets old school," and will now consider whether to shop it to labels or take it to the public through alternate means.