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Emboldened, enriched, inflamed, and re-invigorated by the success of 2006's RIAA platinum, Grammy-nominated 15 (which included the monster hits "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry"), the hard rockin' California quintet returns with BLACK BUTTERFLY, a 12-song set that strides forward with the kind of confidence and spirit of adventure you expect from a band that feels it constantly has more to prove. Produced by guitarist Keith Nelson and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, "Almost Famous," Fuel), BLACK BUTTERFLY finds Buckcherry using the revival spurred by 15 to push itself even further in its quest for Sex, Drugs, and Buckcherry.
After a quick-start in 1999 with an RIAA gold debut album and hits such as "Lit Up," "Check Your Head," and "For the Movies," Buckcherry went on a much-needed hiatus in 2002 in order for Todd and Nelson to regroup and refresh their enthusiasm for the band. Todd recorded a solo album in 2004, while Nelson wrote and recorded with other artists. The two even performed and wrote briefly with Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum in the precursor to Velvet Revolver. But the duo never lost their desire to bring back Buckcherry. They reactivated the band in 2005 with three new members - guitarist Stevie D., bassist Jimmy Ashhurst, and drummer Xavier Muriel - and signed on a committed management team at Tenth Street Entertainment.
Knowing that 15's rise was very organic and built on a grass-roots fan campaign and word-of-mouth, Buckcherry hopes to continue that path with BLACK BUTTERFLY - at least as much as they can, considering it's one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, quite a change from when 15 came out nearly two and a half years ago. In fact, as BLACK BUTTERFLY nears release, 15's "Sorry" and "Crazy B***h" remain very active on radio and singles charts.
There will, of course, be plenty of viral adventures to help fans tap into the band on a very direct level, but Buckcherry is particularly looking forward to returning to the road, first with Motley Crue's inaugural Crue Fest tour - which Nelson calls "more fun than human beings should be allowed to have" - and then with global headlining dates of its own."That's the heart of who we are, playing live," Todd says. "We've always prided ourselves on our live show, and that's why we have this really great foundation when we go out there. I feel like we really bring the thunder. When we come to your town we really are focused on giving you you're money's worth. We're adamant about bringing that to the table every night, and nothing's ever gonna change that."