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Toni's Night Out

Buckcherry: All Night Long & All Grown Up.

February13
young toni So this is me being completely awesome at age 15. Need I say more? By the time this photo was taken, I already owned 2 guitars.  One acoustic & one electric (the electric one is in the shape of a gun), I had taken some lessons… learned some scales.. even knew the intro to “A whole lotta love” by Led Zeppelin, before I gave it all up. Sigh.. I had no musical talent to speak of. Or from the looks of it, I was too busy perfecting my stage presence.. than to practice.. either way, my rock star aspirations were dashed. But that didn’t stop me! As a kid I read everything I could get my tiny lil hands on about music. It’s safe to say, I know a ton of useless 80’s rock trivia. I LOVE every bit of Rock N’ Roll. Go ahead ask me anything! :-)

It was a time of eccentricity. umm I was wearing a snakeskin spandex fringed mini.. nuff said. :-P But through it all I managed to keep my innocent and naive enthusiasm without becoming corrupt. As I’m often told.. I was raised right. :-)

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Why hello Sebastian Bach! Fancy running into you at the Buckcherry concert… What? Call you Baz? (& no, I did not have to look that up) How about I call you Sabby instead? (it’s what my 15yr old self would have called him) C’mon, he won’t mind, I just reverted back to high school for a split second. Skid Row was a Jersey band, & I’m a Jersey girl… Youth Gone Wild! 18 and Life! These were epic to me… so you can imagine the kick I was getting outta this. And a sweet photo as proof! Oh Sabby… :-D

But times have changed since the days of Sebastian Bach & the like..
And on to the show at hand and fast forward to an all grown up Toni…
The first time I saw Buckcherry was in 2008 at Cruefest.. during which I caused a frenzy being mistaken for Kat Von D. But that’s beside the point.. I already liked their music and was looking forward to the show. And after seeing them play live, I was immediately sold. I knew this band was for keeps. I ended up seeing them a few more times in 2009… & my initial suspicions were confirmed.. we had… chemistry.

Then there was nothing… sad I know, it had been going so well between us. Eh what are ya gonna do? They were off  playing big venues with the likes of Kiss and eww Nickelback. (um no offense Nickelback) & somehow they fell off my radar.

Josh Todd  

 

“Crazy Bitch”

For years I proclaimed that Scott Weiland was the only true rock star front man left out there.. that is, until I saw Josh Todd & Buckcherry perform. Dare I say he rivals him, if not trumps him all together these days… Wow, that’s big coming from me. And I almost feel like a two timer for even suggesting it.. if not for nothin, I’m a loyal girl. Like I said.. I was raised right.  But helloooo, can someone say Dance off? Scott Weiland vs. Josh Todd? C’mon.. this would be way better than the Vince Neil vs. Axl Rose boxing match challenge of 1989. (which I’m still waiting on) Anyway… you get my point. Buckcherry are fantastic. So here we are a whole 2 years has past since I last saw them. And it seems nothing has changed! They are tearing the roof off the place. \m/ You can see for yourself above with the video of “Crazy Bitch” and a sweet cameo in the beginning of yours truly. Check me… um err them out. :-) 

We were at The Starland Ballroom in NJ once again. As I have stated before this is one of my favorite places to see a show.. even if I am not shooting press for the night.. depending on the crowd..  it’s usually not too hard for me to shimmy my way to the front of the stage. What? I’m little! Not to mention it was Valentines day, & I was wearing red.  This crowd was putty in my hands, maybe they were feelin the love? or the chemistry? .. or.. more than likely, they were all just drunk. :-P

Singer, Josh is kinda dirty and raw.. and  some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth can be a little shocking the first time around.. I can never stop smirking but at the same time I can’t seem to look anyone in the eye either. LOL  But that’s just me.. I don’t offend easy, I’m not exactly shy or uptight.. I just turn a little red. With songs like “Lit up” and “Crazy Bitch”, It’s no surprise that over the years Buckcherry has gotten the bad boy reputation of being a party band. And whether you are male or female.. by the time this show is over… you will need a cigarette. Just sayin.

But if you ask me, it’s really quite refreshing … They are Rockstars.. and c’mon.. they are Men and they don’t apologize for that and even a Blushing Toni wouldn’t have it any other way. All done with that powerful guitar sound I admire so much. Haven’t we had enough of all the depressing whiney “emo” stuff out there? I’m soo sick of it! Admit it. Aren’t you? Finally the Rock N Roll that’s been missing from my life. Like I said, this band is for keeps.

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But much like an ever evolving Toni.. Buckcherry has many layers.. To call them a “party band” is only a half truth. They have a sensitive side.. with many a love song under their belt.. “Sorry”, “You”, “Rose”, “Don’t Go away”, to name a few.. I even spied guitarist Keith Nelson handing out his picks to all the excited young kids around me.. how sweet is that? ;-)
 

If you look to your right you will see them doing “Sorry” which I shot a few nights later at the Best Buy Theater in NYC.. yep, I went twice.. can you blame me?

But as I was saying… much like Toni, they are much much more than what’s on the surface.

This is a band who is socially and globally conscious of what’s going on around them… yes, yes I’m aware that the new album is called “All Night Long” I’m fine with that.. They can be fun and stand for good things at the same time. Stop pigeon holing me.. sheesh.. I mean um errr them. Ok!

I’m also sorta in love with their new song “Our World” which speaks of  environmental, economic and political concerns. They even donated proceeds of the song to the people and wild life affected directly by the BP Oil disaster spill. So, not only do they rock.. but they have a voice. And they are using it to make a difference to change the world and provide awareness and aide. Nothing makes me happier than when people act on behalf of humanitarian causes. It’s wonderful and it’s important.

“Sorry”
“It’s a Party”
Keith Nelson & Josh Todd
Like everything in life.. Buckcherry and Toni have come full circle.. and it’s clear to me that with age has come self confidence, maturity and a sense of responsibility. There is no mistaking that they are a phenomenal live act and will give you a good time for your money.. some may even say an experience, if you will. 

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I may just be a little girl with Big…umm errr… Opinions… and you can take my word for it or not. But just like Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” felt like an anthem to me at age 15. Now, all grown up, “Our World” is proving to be the voice of my generation. You can have a good time and also do your part to help change the world. Follow your bliss, find your passion and make a difference. Buckcherry surely has.

So trust me.. whether you are looking for a good time or a social conscience you will enjoy the latest album by Buckcherry “All Night Long”.
And if you get the chance.. Don’t miss them live!

I hope you enjoyed my Night(s) out.. until next time. Peace in the Middle East. xoxo Toni.

 

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4 Comments to
“Buckcherry: All Night Long & All Grown Up.”

  1. On March 7th, 2011 at 7:38 pm Eoin Nolan Says:

    Btw did i mention how beautiful you are…did i mention how awesome and incredible you are….how amazingly caring, nice and hugely intelligent you are???…maybe i forgot to mention how in tune you are with the ways of the universe…how such a great cake baker you are…if i forgot something…just imagine a said it with chocolates =)…xoxox

  2. On March 7th, 2011 at 8:07 pm Toni Says:

    Thank you Eoin, So… what kinda chocolates?

  3. On June 17th, 2011 at 7:16 am Jewels Connor Says:

    Beautiful Post!

  4. On June 24th, 2011 at 4:24 pm Toni Says:

    Thank you Jewels. :-)

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