Another week, and another show at Riverside. This week, Californian rockers Buckcherry arrived in town with Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics in support. Not knowing what to expect from Aaron Buchanan and co., I was taken aback with their punchy, explosive and modern-yet-classic style that they delivered with aplomb. Aaron's Mercury-esque style as frontman was captivating, as well as incredibly entertaining and included an attempted shift from crowd-surfing to suspending himself upside down in a tightly knit section of the audience! One of the best bands I've discovered out at a gig during the support acts.
Buckcherry followed and provided exactly what was expected - a strong set of straight up rock. While lead singer Josh Todd's vocals may have seemed a little strained at times, overall, the musical quality of the band was very good. Stevie D. was on fire, and seemingly effortlessly produced furious solo after solo. While naturally delivering a host of classics to an expecting crowd, Buckcherry also played some unreleased material from an album currently in the works, including new song, 'Vacuum'. The band seemed to feed off the energy of the crowd and seemed to be loving every minute. Dancing and jumping came to a peak as the band powered out 'Crazy Bitch' to a very satisfied crowd.