Josh Todd reflects on Axl Rose’s’ amazing ‘gesture as Buckcherry opens for Guns N’ Roses

Josh Todd reflects on Axl Rose’s’ amazing ‘gesture as Buckcherry opens for Guns N’ Roses

During an appearance in a recent episode of FAVOR A ROSES-centrated “Distortion appetite” podcast, BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd reflected on his first and only face-to-face encounter with Axel Rose. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I have always really loved Axl – as a singer, as a frontman. I just really think he’s a really talented guy. And I never got to meet him. I had been around places where he was close and I did not know about it and I never got to meet him. Then cut to size [BUCKCHERRY] made a handful of shows with [GUNS N’ ROSES in 2011]. And yet, he’s a kind of mysterious guy – he would always continue never at the scheduled time. And at that point, we would always be in a bus, maybe on our way to the next place. Because we were already traveling, so we never got a chance to connect. So let’s do a show – I think it was one of the last shows we did GN’R. And we’re all on the bus after the show. And our tour manager says, ‘Hi, Axl will greet you. He has something for you. You can come to the room. ‘ And I was like, ‘What? Yes!’ So we got all that shit together, we go into the room and [it was] just the most bizarre experience. We’re in the hallway to an arena. He’s coming out. He walks towards us. He has a bag. It’s a plastic bag from Best buy. He says, ‘How are you? I just want to say that it was great to have you out. ‘ And he takes out his bag, and he hands us all an iPad – each of us an iPad Best buy. ‘I just want to give you a gift and tell you how much we appreciate having you out [on tour with us]. ‘ And I was just thinking, ‘Are you kidding me? This is amazing. ‘ I was speechless. “

Todd continued: “It was one of the coolest gestures from one of your heroes that ever happened. It was not that we got an iPad; it was the damn thing Axel Rose gave us a damn iPad. And we took a picture with him. And that was that. He walked and walked on stage. And I was just like, “Man, that was fucking amazing.”

“There have been a handful of experiences for me in my rock and roll career where I met some of my heroes and it was really a wonderful experience and it was one of them,” Josh added.

“[That was] so cool. He’s such a class act, man. It was amazing.”

Back in 2002, Todd briefly fronted an unnamed group with the then ex FAVOR A ROSES members Slash and Duff McKagan, which would later continue to form VELVET REVOLVER.

BUCKCHERRY‘s latest album, “Course to Hell”, was released in June via Round Hill Records. The follow-up to 2019 “War paint” was recorded last fall in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and songwriter-for-hire Marti Frederiksen, who has previously collaborated with AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, Jonny Lang and Sheryl Crowamong many others.

Axel Rose Photo of Katarina Benzova

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