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    Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:22:53

    Live Review: Buckcherry — The Viper Room, West Hollywood - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    "I was thinking about building a fucking empire," reminisced Buckcherry singer Josh Todd on stage in front of a sold out crowd at the Viper Room last night.

    That "empire" has reached another zenith with the band's latest offering Confessions. However, in addition to releasing a seminal studio work, the Los Angeles quintet is at the top of its live game as well. Last night kicked off a three-night stand at the Viper Room celebrating Confessions, and it commenced with a real bang.

    Launching into "Ridin'," they immediately revved up a night of rip-roaring rock 'n' roll. Todd skated across the stage with effusive and invigorating charisma, nailing every vocal crescendo flawlessly as Xavier Muriel pounded out a swaggering beat fortified by Jimmy "Two Fingers" Ashhurst's bass domination. Keith Nelson and Stevie D. make for a formidable 21st century guitar duo, firing off licks and leads in impressive synchronicity.

    "Rescue Me" and "All Night Long" sent seismic shockwaves throughout the room as the audience left the floor, jumping up and down. One staple hit, "Sorry", carried well beyond the Sunset Strip in terms of rock elegance as the five-some delivered it with the power and panache of legends. Afterwards, Nelson dropped a little wah-pedal funk interlude as Todd jokingly crooned, "It's ladies night."

    "Lit Up" practically blew the roof of the iconic venue with gutter punk attitude and impenetrable instrumentation. Buckcherry embraced their harder edge on Confessions with much aplomb without losing their ability to craft a universally palatable anthem. "Gluttony" saw Todd blaze through a syncopated verse and sinfully infectious refrain as Nelson and Stevie's fretboards burned up, while "The Truth" stands out as their biggest ballad to date, and it takes on poignant power live with the singer opening himself more than ever. "Air" also sailed to another stratosphere fueled by their impeccable chops.

    "Are you a fucking sinner?" asked the vocalist. The answer was a resounding roar fit more for the Staples Center than a Sunset Strip haunt like The Viper Room. Up-close-and-personal, "Crazy Bitch" hit even harder, showcasing the band's grittier, dirtier elements that make them stand out from the 21st century rock pack.

    Everything came to a close on Confessions' "Wrath." It landed one last knockout punch, flattening the capacity crowd properly. Buckcherry returned to one of the spots they started building their legacy at, and they're firing on all cylinders. Once again, they left their mark on the Sunset Strip, showing L.A. how real rock 'n' roll is done right.

    The Buckcherry empire is about to grow bigger than ever with Confessions

    Rick Florino

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