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Buckcherry Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

I first caught Buckcherry live at the tail end of 2013 when they were opening for Steel Panther. That proved to be a fantastic night of rock n roll so I was eagerly awaiting to see (and photograph) the band again when they announced their tour of Australia in 2016.

Melbourne’s Rockers turned out in full-force tonight and I have never seen a bigger collection of Guns N Roses, Faster Pussycat and of course, Buckcherry t-shirts all collected in the one place like this before.

Opening proceedings were the fantastic Electrik Dynamite. It had been a while since I had seen them and here they were with their new lead singer who fit in quite nicely and did a wonderful job replacing my good friend Dan Brittain. Dynamite always put forth an energetic and kick ass Rock show and it is so great seeing them continue on.

Electrik Dynamite

Palace Of The King were next and this was my first sighting of them. I thought they were great until towards the end of their set they started with the bass, drums and keyboard solos that really brought any sort of momentum they had to a standstill. I get the 70’s retro-rock vibe but on a support slot I really could have done without the solos. That little annoyance aside, they truly were great and I hope to catch them again in my travels.

Headliners Buckcherry took to the stage as the seasoned pros that they are. It’s just bona-fide LA Rock delivered with style, raw attitude and pure charisma. There’s really nothing not to enjoy about Buckcherry as they do what they do well and they are usually delivering it to a rabid crowd.

Photographically, Billboard/170 Russell was lit up beautifully tonight. Especially during the openers’ sets. No complaints from me on that score!


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