Buckcherry at Summit Music Hall, 10/1/12 (photos and review) - Reverb

Buckcherry at Summit Music Hall, 10/1/12 (photos and review)

Josh Todd may be the only person on the planet who makes the tambourine look cool. The iconic Buckcherry frontman’s unique combination of L.A. swag and hard rock glam, combined with the band’s abundance of songs about partying and doing copious amounts of drugs, provide the perfect setting for a down and dirty rock show. And that is exactly what fans got Monday night at Summit Music Hall.

The night started off with misplaced opening sets from newcomers Charm City Devils and pop punk favorites Lit. The latter offered a similar Southern California vibe that fit well with Buckcherry, but Charm City Devils’ covers of “Highway To Hell” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” felt better suited for a tribute night at a biker bar than an opening set on a major stage.

Fueled by the previous night’s show in Las Vegas, Buckcherry wasted no time getting the party started with “Ridin” and “Rescue Me.” The set was a steady of stream of tracks preaching sex, drugs and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, punctuated by “Lit Up” — the band’s homage to Todd’s first experience with cocaine.

When Todd asked what the final song should be, there was only one real option — “Crazy Bitch.” The strip club favorite closed the set on such a high note that the crowd demanded more. After a quick breather and wardrobe change (which was fast considering Todd never wears a shirt) the band returned to the stage for a two-song encore. After “Bliss” and “Crushed,” the band exited stage left, but not before exciting fans with news of an album release in February 2013.

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