JOSH TODD - BUCKCHERRY & MOM

By Chris Epting

I really like Josh Todd. The Buckcherry frontman always brings it—on stage and on record, with intensity and passion.  Jackknifing his tattooed body  onstage while his awesome band cooks behind  him, his energy, for me anyway, typifies the true danger in rock-n-roll. Maybe it’s because of his wild past, but whenever I see him perform, I always get the sense that this is an artist who not only doesn’t hide his demons, but rather fights tooth and nail with them for thousands to see. A few months back, I spent a quiet breakfast with Todd out in the San Fernando Valley. Talking about the band’s new album, the harrowing musical diary called Confessions, Todd was thoughtful, open and funny. He knows who he is and where he comes from. He also knows what he put his mother through for many years, and so when I had the chance to meet her at the restaurant, it was interesting to see how close the relationship is. Given how much he travels, she doesn’t get to see him as much as she would like. But they made the most of this morning, catching up on things at home, and having what seemed to be a genuinely lovely time together. She told him what a handful he was and how tough things were at certain times. But she also told me how proud she was of him, not just because of the music, but also because he’d survived and conquered so many of his demons. This picture, to me, speaks volumes about a special relationship between a mother and son.

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