Photos and Review by Jim LaValley
Show photos HERE
Buckcherry played at the Greasy Luck in New Bedford, MA in October to a packed sold out crowd. The Greasy Luck’s sound system in the Vault had a recent upgrade that has been attracting numerous well-known bands to the venue, it sounded intense for this show.
Buckcherry killed it with an awesome setlist of rock-n-roll with perfect execution. Josh Todd (vocals) is the only original member of the band and the glue that holds their original sound together. Buckcherry’s overall sound has carved a unique groove into rock-n-roll that is still living strong today. The band is set to release a new album in 2019 and have shared a sneak peak of their new cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole” recently on social media.
You knew the show was about to begin when you could see Josh shadow boxing on the side of the stage just before they came on. I like the current line-up with Josh, Stevie D (guitars), Kevin Roentgen (guitars), Kelly LeMieux (bass) and Sean Winchester (drums).
Josh’s raspy tone on vocals, spinning, footwork, Tambourine work, and all-around onstage swagger reminds me of Mick Jagger, one of the all-time great front men. When you add the movements of StevieD and Kelly Lemieux, the synergy of great rock-n-roll shows itself.
They opened the show with “Ridin’,” “It’s a Party,” then “Somebody Fucked With Me” setting the tone for the night. The crowd loved the music and the band interacted with them to pull them into each tune. I like StevieD’s guitar style, he plays so freely and yet with so much feeling utilizing a killer vibrato. When they went into “Lit up,” the sold-out audience erupted as they jammed the hit tune. A new favorite tune of mine is their version of “Say Fuck it,” a fun cover of Icona Pop song “I Love It.” The crowd danced with the band and you could feel the party aura in the room.
As they neared the end of the show, they kicked out “Crazy Bitch” to keep the party going. The overall sound and experience at the Greasy Luck is well worth the visit, keep your eyes open for some other well-known bands coming to the Vault. If Buckcherry is coming to a city near you, don’t hesitate checking out some kick ass rock-n-roll with them, you’ll love it.