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BUCKCHERRY Releases First In Series Of Acoustic EPs

BUCKCHERRY Releases First In Series Of Acoustic EPs

Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY have released “Acoustic Sessions Vol. 1”, the first in a series of acoustic EPs featuring stripped-down versions of songs from the band’s catalog going back to the beginning.

Says the group: “Tracks will be periodically released, but tonight we release the first two that will be available on all streaming and download services. ‘Sorry’ and ‘Carousel’ introduce the series and are available at this link. Check it out!”

Earlier this month, BUCKCHERRY singer Josh Todd told American Songwriter that the process of making acoustic versions of the band’s songs thus far has been a blast. “After you’ve heard the song one way for a long time and when it’s stripped down, it’s very fun to listen to,” he said. “And a lot of songs start like that. So it’s always cool to get back to that and do it organically like that.”

Todd also didn’t rule out playing special acoustic shows in select cities. “We’re trying to figure all that out,” he said, adding that it is something he’s “always wanted to do.”

Last month, BUCKCHERRY teamed up with American rapper and songwriter Isaiah Rivera, better known by his stage name Wifisfuneral, for a remix of the band’s smash hit “Crazy Bitch”. The original version of “Crazy Bitch” appeared on BUCKCHERRY‘s multi-platinum third album, 2005’s “15”.

BUCKCHERRY is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, “Warpaint”, which was released in March 2019 via Century Media/RED Music. The 12-song record was produced by Mike Plotnikoff, whose previous collaboration with the band was the aforementioned “15”.


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MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist MICK MARS Is 'Almost Done' With His Debut Solo Album

MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist MICK MARS Is 'Almost Done' With His Debut Solo Album

Alabama musician Jacob Bunton has confirmed that he is the lead singer on MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Mick Mars‘s highly anticipated debut solo album.

Mars has been working on the disc — on and off — for at least the past four years. The effort is being recorded in Nashville, where Mars has lived for about seven years, with producer Michael Wagener (OZZY OSBOURNE, ACCEPT, WARRANT, SKID ROW) at Blackbird Studio.

Speaking to AL.com, Bunton, who has previously played with LYNAM and former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler, said about his collaboration with Mars: “I can tell you that I’m involved and the past several months we wrote and recorded a record and Michael Wagener produced it. The great Michael Wagener from [mixing 1986 METALLICA album] ‘Master Of Puppets’ and all that kind of stuff. He worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE on their very first record ‘Too Fast For Love’, when they did it themselves they recorded the record and then Michael Wagener mixed, and then when they got the record deal with Elektra, [QUEEN producer] Roy Thomas Baker ended up going back and remixing it. But on all of their self-released copies, it’s Michael. But to make a long story short, Michael‘s producing the record because that was the first producer Mick worked with in MÖTLEY CRÜE, so he wanted to do his solo album, so it’s been really cool. We’ve been recording it in Nashville and we’re almost done.”

Regarding what fans can expect from Mars‘s solo CD, Bunton said: “The songs are really cool, the record is really cool. He’s such an inventive player and his riffs are insane and it’s definitely going to be what people are expecting. When they hear it … It’s really cool.”

Last September, Mick told Billboard about the musical direction of his solo material: “[It’s] not like today’s music, which to me is pretty much pop metal and more growly guys. It’s all cool and it’s all good, and I’m just searching for something that’s just a little different than that. I [also] don’t want to be living in ’85. It’s hard to reinvent yourself, but that’s what I’m doing now. I’m trying to reinvent the way that I approach music writing. I’ve got a lot of crap, and I’ve got a lot of good stuff too.”

At the time of the Billboard interview, Mars said that he had been working with a vocalist named Jacob, leading some fans to speculate that he was referring to Bunton. “[He] can be a lot of different voices, and it’s pretty amazing,” Mick said. “I go, ‘I want this kind of voice here,’ and he’ll pull it straight off.”

In a separate interview with “Talking Metal”, Mars said that his debut solo record will not sound like anybody else. “Well, I guess it’s my own style,” he said. “It isn’t really blues. My playing has a blues element to it, of course, but it isn’t what you would call a blues record. It’s more of a heavier rock thing, but I don’t wanna even try to ‘outheavy’ the heavies, you know what I mean? It’s just something hopefully just a little different than what’s going on now. You’re not gonna hear a MÖTLEY-flavored song, except for the guitar, [because] that’s me. They’re gonna be a bit harder than that, but not as hard as the heavies, like MINISTRY and some of those guys.”

Back in 2016, Mars released snippets of two solo songs, apparently called “Gimme Blood” and “Shake The Cage”. The tracks, which were recorded at Blackbird Studio, featured singer John Corabi, who appeared on CRÜE‘s 1994 self-titled album. Corabi later said that he didn’t contribute to the writing process for the two songs, but that he was open to collaborating with Mars on some brand new material.
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Would RICHIE KOTZEN Sing For SOUNDGARDEN On Hypothetical Comeback Tour? He Responds

Would RICHIE KOTZEN Sing For SOUNDGARDEN On Hypothetical Comeback Tour? He Responds

Richie Kotzen says that he “would have to be a bit of a fool” to turn down an opportunity to front SOUNDGARDEN on a hypothetical comeback tour.

The 50-year-old musician, who has been singing since the age of 17, has often been compared to late SOUNDGARDEN vocalist Chris Cornell due to his ability to deliver “full-throated roars one minute and croon with husky empathy the next.” (Stereoboard, 2013)

Asked in a new interview with Izzy Presley of “Another FN Podcast” if he would accept an offer to play with SOUNDGARDEN if the band came to him with “the right number,” Kotzen responded (hear audio below): “It doesn’t have anything to do with numbers; it would not be a numbers game. I think that it would be an honor for anyone to have that opportunity. And again, it goes back to the sentence I said earlier: ‘Never step into a great man’s shoes.’ But I think that that phone call, whether it was me or anyone else, would be a complete honor, and I think someone would have to be a bit of a fool to say ‘no.'”

During the same chat, Kotzen acknowledged similarities between his voice and that of Cornell, but denied that he was ever directly inspired by the late SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE singer.

“Well, I think it is a compliment,” Richie said of the comparisons. “He’s one of the greatest rock singers of our generation, so it’s definitely a compliment. And I think people draw comparisons, because that’s what they do — they hear things that resonate that are familiar. Now, the comparison, I think, is coincidence. I think I’m a little too old and I’ve been doing it a little too long to say that his work was a direct influence on what I do. But I could say that we probably had similar influences. And I can say that I think he’s a fantastic and amazing artist. And it’s an honor to be compared to anyone that’s great.

“My biggest influence as a singer is Terence Trent D’Arby,” Kotzen explained. “And that is where that sound comes from. So the sound that caused the rock people to mention Chris, I got that sound, and I will admit I lifted it from Terence Trent D’Arby. So the rock people, many of them, aren’t gonna get that, ’cause they don’t listen to that kind of music. So they say Chris. If they did their research, they’d know that I listened to Terence, I listened to [David] Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and Ronnie Dio and Paul Rodgers. So, it’s a coincidence, but it is a very nice compliment. And being compared to someone that is that great is always a good thing.”

Kotzen performed the AUDIOSLAVE classic “Cochise” — which was originally co-written and sung by Cornell — at a “Soundcheck Live” event in January 2017 at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California. Joining him for the rendition was Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, AUDIOSLAVE, PROPHETS OF RAGE), Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME), Marty O’Brien (LITA FORD) and Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER). Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Kotzen‘s 22nd solo album, “50 For 50” is now available via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. The three-disc collection is just what the title implies: a collection of 50 previously unreleased compositions produced, performed and written by Kotzen in honor of his birthday. It’s the follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Salting Earth” album, which was released April 14, 2017 via Headroom-Inc.

Cornell died in May 2017 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening. The 52-year-old had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system, but died as a result of hanging himself.

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