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Josh Todd & the Conflict at Harpo's, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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You certainly can’t call Josh Todd a slacker.

The Los Angeles-born singer already has one hit band, Buckcherry, that’s been scoring rock hits since the mid-90s. Last year, however, he launched another group, Josh Todd & the Conflict, a similarly hard rocking outfit that released its debut album, “Year Of The Tiger,” in September.

But rest assured Todd, 47, doesn’t mind doing double duty -- and, in fact, enjoys it wholeheartedly...

• Todd formed the Conflict with guitarist Steve D (nee Dacany), who’s also been in Buckcherry since 2005. “Steve D and I were longtime friends way before we got into Buckcherry,” Todd says by phone. “I wanted to make new music. I hadn’t made music in awhile. It was coming up on two years and Buckcherry was in a lot of disarray. So we started to write songs together and we figured out we had a really good songwriting chemistry and it just grew from there. It was a desire for change coupled with a lot of passion; Both of those were really focused on the same goal.”

• Though his name is up front, Todd maintains that the Conflict “is definitely a band project. I had always wanted to diversify and have my own band more along the lines of my roots -- more aggressive, more alternative, a heavier, four-piece band. That’s what I wanted to get back into. I just didn’t have the time, and now is the time.”

• Buckcherry, however, is still alive and well according to Todd, even after the acrimonious departure of co-founder and songwriting partner Keith Nelson. “It’s the best it’s ever been,” Todd says. “We’ve been playing out with the new lineup since February, and it’s just gotten better. I want to continue that trend. It just didn’t feel like a band for, like, three years. There’s a lot of things in the old lineup that needed work -- better musicianship, more dedicated guys, better players. That’s what we’ve got now. These new guys came into the fold and it was so refreshing and fun to be in Buckcherry again. It’s really hard on me ‘cause I’m like, ‘Damn, I’ve got two great bands now...’”

If You Go:

• Josh Todd & the Conflict and Hinder

• Thursday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Harpo’s, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

• Call 313-824-1700 or visit harposlive.com.

Web Site: www.harposlive.com

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