Last Night: Buckcherry & James Durbin at Warehouse Live
Check our photos from last night's Buckcherry and James Durbin concert in our slideshow.
I confessed I walked into Warehouse Live last night solely for the purpose of hearing Buckcherry play "Lit Up" and "Crazy Bitch," two of the biggest songs of a career that has now reached a decade and a half. There was a time in 2006 when you couldn't walk into a suburban bar on a weekend and hear "Crazy Bitch" at least twice an hour, accompanied by girls taking shots off each other's abs or cleavage.
Some people talk about the '60s being earthshaking, but I disagree. I hated it at the time, but now I sorta miss it.
Sure, Buckcherry has detractors, but as a friend was reminding me last night, they are one of the last of their kind, able to open for the likes of Kiss and Guns N' Roses because they are a proven and solid draw, and well, damn, the only band that sounds like them these days.
(Cue the Jurassic Park theme.)
Opener James Durbin from Season 10 of American Idol acted as direct support for BC; I know he was on AI because my mother told me so.
He's got a fun backing band, with three-quarters of them looking like they are from a US Bombs photo shoot, bolstered by a guitar player, Dylan Rosenberg, who plays like a baby Zakk Wylde. I could also say Jim Dandy from Black Oak Arkansas, but he didn't play guitar and most people don't know who Jim Dandy or Black Oak Arkansas is/was.
Durbin has a sturdy stage presence, even if his recent makeover makes the North California boy seem like he's trying out for a Darby Crash Broadway show.
What he needs is steady material, because he varies from sleazy rawk and drool to heavy-metal thundering. If he can marry the two, then the 23-year-old will be around a long time.