REVIEW: Buckcherry Brings “15” 10 Year Anniversary To NYC

Buckcherry, the nothing-is-sacred rock band fronted by the one and only Josh Todd celebrated 10 years of “15” at New York’s Playstation Theater on 9/20, playing the album in its entirety over about an hour and a half, and had help from Candlebox along the way. It was my first time seeing both bands live; I’ve seen Buckcherry “live” on DVD from way back when they were on Cruefest years ago, but never actually in person, and I honestly didn’t know Candlebox was supporting them until about an hour before doors. It’s worth noting that Sons of Texas opened the show, but I wasn’t able to catch them, so we’ll stick with Candlebox and Buckcherry here.

Now, I can’t say I’m much of Candlebox fan. I know You and Far Behind, but beyond that, I just don’t know much about them. They’re not like Buckcherry where I’ve listened to all of their albums the whole way through and have my favorite songs; they’re just a band whose most popular songs resonate with me and find themselves in rotation every so often. Their 10-song set consisted of songs that I’ve since learned to be their most popular tracks, which included StandSweet SummertimeCrazyArrow and others, with Candlebox’s final two songs being their biggest hits. Those would be the above mentioned You and Far Behind; hearing both songs live for the first time was an experience and made their set well worth it, even as someone who is mostly a non-fan. That said, Candlebox was really good live and generated enough interest for me to check out more of their music.

Kevin Martin of Candlebox at Playstation Theater
Kevin Martin of Candlebox at Playstation Theater

Buckcherry began their set with some technical difficulties – Josh Todd’s microphone was either off for turned down for the first 3 songs as he was virtually inaudible even in the photo pit – those issues were quickly resolved as the rest of the show went off without a hitch, as the band rattled off track after track from the “15” album. Oddly, the tracks from the album being celebrated on this night were played in no particular order, and largely out of order, with the album’s last 3 tracks – SunshineBrooklyn and Broken Glass – opening the show. Normally when I think of a band playing an album in its entirety, I expect to hear the tracks played in order from start to finish, rather than in random order. Not even closing with the album’s biggest hit, Crazy Bitch, was somewhat of a surprise. Then again, it’s not so much of a surprise when you have a much bigger hit in Lit Up, which is what ultimately closed the show and was a welcome surprise given that I was expecting to hear 15 and nothing else on this night.

It’s worth mentioning that Buckcherry also added in Tight Pants off their most recent album, Rock ‘n’ Roll, between Carousel and Lit Up. I hadn’t yet hear anything off their newest album prior to seeing them as the band kind of fell off my radar after Black Butterfly, but Buckcherry are definitely back in a big way and hearing Tight Pants live has generated new interest for me and I’ll definitely be picking up 2015’s album as a result. It’s not often that I go into a show unsure of what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised on this night. Buckcherry killed it live, though I would definitely like to catch them when they’re playing a larger sample of their catalog rather than just a single album. Here’s hoping they come around again in the not too distant future.

Buckcherry at Playstation Theater
Buckcherry at Playstation Theater

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