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July 2024

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Featured Article

Buckcherry: Happily ‘Hellbound’

Josh Todd discusses his band’s new record, crafting the perfect stripper anthem and the strangest place he’s ever heard his music.  

Josh Todd is the last real rock star. The 51-year-old lead singer of Buckcherry looks it, lives it and brings it every time he hits the studio or stage. With his distinctive growl, Jagger-esque moves, dozens of tattoos and hot actress wife (Mitzi Martin from “Joe Dirt”), the dude is living the dream. Since 1999, Buckcherry has released album after album filled with hard-rock anthems including “Crazy Bitch,” “Sorry,” “Lit Up,” “Ridin’” and our favorite, “Too Drunk….”  

To celebrate the impending release of Buckcherry’s ninth album Hellbound, we sat down with Josh to discuss the new record, crafting the perfect stripper anthem and the strangest place he’s ever heard his music. Are you cool with being interviewed by us?

Josh Todd: I certainly am. I love Larry Flynt and think he is the original outlaw. I was sad to hear he passed away. Being in HUSTLER is a pleasure.

Was the new album Hellbound planned before touring stopped, or was it born out of the pandemic? 

We dropped a record called Warpaint in 2019 and did 154 shows of touring. We were going to be continuing to tour internationally in 2020 to support that album. COVID happened and then, month after month, our shows just went away. I knew we had to be proactive and do something. I got with my guitar player Stevie D. and we powwowed. I said, “We’ve got to spend this year making an amazing product because next year when all this stuff lifts, we have to come with a great record.” We started working our asses off. Getting this record together was a shift of gears, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

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