Former BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson says that he has no regrets about his exit from the band.
Nelson's departure from BUCKCHERRY was announced in May 2017. At the time, no reason was given for his split with the group. He was replaced by Kevin Roentgen, who had previously played with AMERICAN PEARL and SOUL.
During an appearance on this past Thursday's (December 12) episode of "Trunk Nation: L.A. Invasion" on SiriusXM, Nelson was asked if he is still at peace with his decision to leave BUCKCHERRY. He responded: "All good. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be."
Pressed about whether the "main reason" he left BUCKCHERRY was "the grind of it," Keith said: "Uhm, no. I never actually spoke of my reasons, 'cause it wasn't just one."
Asked if there is anything he would like to say about his departure from BUCHCKERRY now, Nelson said: "I'm really focused on moving forward and what I'm doing now. I'm really proud of what I did. We achieved a lot — way more than we thought we could — and I have no hard feelings. I'm just moving forward."
Asked if he regrets the decision to leave BUCKCHERRY, Keith said: "No. I'm good with it."
In a recent interview with the "Appetite For Distortion" podcast, BUCKCHERRY singer Josh Todd stated about the circumstances that led to the departures of Nelson and drummer Xavier Muriel: "It got really weird, the last three years before the split. It just wasn't a band anymore. We weren't aligned; we weren't all focused on the same things; we didn't all want the same things. Everything happens for a reason, and it's been nothing but great things for all of us. I can't speak for Keith or Xavier, but I just hope that they are really happy in their lives. That's all I care about, really, because at the end of the day, that's all you want for people. I can't harbor resentment or anger towards anybody. At the time, there was a lot of stuff that rubbed me the wrong way, but since then, I've really worked through it a lot, and now, looking back, it just needed to happen. Now, everything's really amazing. With every lineup change in BUCKCHERRY's history, it's always gotten better, so I had that to kind of reflect on when all this was going down, so I was just optimistic about the whole thing."
This past March, Todd said that he had yet to rekindle his friendship with Nelson, despite the vocalist's attempt to bury the hatchet. "I can tell you this. I really gave him an opportunity to set himself up for that, and he didn't take that opportunity," Todd told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon". "I can only personally tell you that I've done a lot of work on the subject and I can say this that I hope he's happy, and that's it. And I hope everybody who's had any kind of issue with [BUCKCHERRY] and had to leave is happy, 'cause that's all that matters at the end of the day. I don't hate him and I don't hate anybody."
BUCKCHERRY's latest album, "Warpaint", was released in March.
Earlier in the year, the band recruited Francis Ruiz as its new drummer. He joined the group as the replacement for Sean Winchester, who exited BUCKCHERRY after laying down the drum tracks on "Warpaint".
Winchester hooked up with BUCKCHERRY in 2017 following the departure of Muriel.