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BUCKCHERRY THE STANDARD SYDNEY 2013

BUCKCHERRY IS BACK DOWNUNDER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999

 

WE CHECKED THEM OUT AT THEIR SYDNEY WARM-UP DATE FOR THE STONE MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

THE STANDARD, SYDNEY

 

FRIDAY 19TH APRIL 2013

 

 

 

 

BUCKCHERRY SETLIST


Wrath | Rescue Me | All Night Long | Fall | Everything | Sorry | Slamin' | Next 2 You | Lit Up | Gluttony | Imminent Bail Out | The Truth | Crazy Bitch

Encore:

Nothing Left But Tears | Whiskey in the Morning

 

 

Some bands are just made to be heard live and Buckcherry is right up there with them fit for purpose, made to rock. It may be a wet and wild Sydney outside but tonight’s warm up show for Buckcherry’s main stage slot at tomorrow’s inaugural Stone Music Festival is really the main event. Let’s face it what do Festival bands get thirty minutes? Tonight we get to spend an hour and a half with them!

 

 


The Standard is a great venue just big enough to pack in maybe 500 hundred but small enough to still feel like a club gig and easy enough to get close to the action. The sound too I must say is great.

 

 


Missing most of the set by The Art, a band that have managed to not impress me before, not much has changed. They seem to be flavour of the month but I don’t hear the songs or connect with the vibe like a few enthusiastic punters obviously do.

 

 


Main support Richie Ramone is different entirely, at the start of the set you can’t tell if he’s pissed off, mildly annoyed, out for a fight, or playing a part, and by the end of the set you are none the wiser. He and his band have a distinct metal leaning, more so than many of the Ramones faithful in the crowd perhaps expected, and Richie spends some time out front while drums are covered by his bassist. To be honest his voice isn’t the best but he’s enthusiastic and a helluva drummer. The highlight of course is ‘Someone put Something in my Drink’ but it’s close run as a track off the new album ‘Entitled’ is a real treat, almost forgiving him crucifying INXS ‘Don’t Change’, that aside it’s a great set that wasn’t quite what anyone expected.

 

 


By the time Buckcherry take the stage there’s a few of us calculating how long we have till we have to be at the Stone Music Festival tomorrow – including Josh Todd as it turns out who can’t believe the 1.30 slot they’ve been given (if only he knew that the skies would open for most of their set, he might not have made it out of bed!).

 

 

 

 


‘Wrath’ from new album Confessions simply flies, it’s a slicker and sharper Buckcherry than the raw ball of energy I witnessed back in Metros in this same city back in 1999 – a band who then had just released their first album and shone. 14 years later the band is different but no less impressive, effortlessly holding the audience with song after song that we’ve all heard on the albums but never seen live.

 

 


If ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘All Night Long’ settle us in then it’s ‘All Night Long’ that really starts to get the already enthralled crowd jumping and as the night gets progressively sweatier inside and progressively wetter outside there’s only one place in Sydney where you want to be.

 

 


Buckcherry has produced a lot of fine music since we last saw them in Australia and it’s at small shows like this that you really feel how far the band has come. While Todd may well be the focus, especially for the ladies when that shirt comes off, it’s the band that deserves the accolades for a faultless performance. ‘Everything’ and huge hit ‘Sorry’ are dripping in hooks and get the biggest roar of the night before ‘Lit Up’  the song that really started it all really kicks out the jams. It’s a song that  promised to rekindle the glory of the Sunset Strip years back in 1999, and while that may never really have happened there are plenty of all ages in the crowd that still cling onto that dream. Buckcherry may have had their shot at the stars but with ‘Crazy Bitch’ that closes the show proper they proved that they are a band that will always rise again no matter what you throw at them. Everyone mouths the words, and with that all too soon it’s over.

 

 


Coming back onstage after the briefest of pauses the band fires up ‘Nothing Left But Tears’ from the latest album ‘Confessions’ it’s a great song but it’s ‘Whiskey in The Morning’ from second album Time Bomb that really puts the icing on the cake. With a set that never let up to think that we only got one song from each of the first two albums when there were so many classics on there and that we really didn’t care just shows what a great catalogue of songs these guys have.

 

 


Don’t leave it so long next time! Live show of the year, most probably.

 

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

BUCKCHERRY LIVE REVIEW THE STANDARD SYDNEY 19 APRIL 2013