Niagara Gazette

January 17, 2013

Falls' Rapids Theatre is ready to rock with two shows

By Thom Jennings
Night & Day

Night & Day — Over the next week, The Rapids Theatre has two impressive hard rock shows coming to the region. On Sunday, Buckcherry returns to the region after a hugely successful show in North Tonawanda last summer. They are joined by special guests Heaven’s Basement. Two days later, Papa Roach and Stone Sour come to town for a Tuesday night show.

Papa Roach and Buckcherry have co-headlined tours in recent years, the last time being in 2011 when the pair appeared on the Rock Allegiance Tour together.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1995, Buckcherry is headed by vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson, both of whom have been in the band since its inception. After achieving commercial success in the late ‘90s the band split up in 2002, and then reformed in 2005 releasing their signature hit “Crazy Bitch.”

Buckcherry has toured with some of the biggest names in rock music including AC/DC, Motley Crue, and Kiss. They performed at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda July 15 of last year along with Fuel. The hour and a half performance featured a great selection from the band’s catalogue, including “Lit Up” and “Dirty Mind.”

This time around, Buckcherry will be performing songs from their upcoming studio album entitled “Confessions,” which is scheduled for release on Feb. 19. A single from the album entitled “Gluttony” is available to stream on YouTube.

Opening for Buckcherry is a four-piece hard rock outfit from the UK called Heaven’s Basement. The band has toured with Papa Roach, Theory of a Deadman and Shinedown. They are appearing in advance of their debut album entitled “Filthy Empire.” Their management sent me an advance copy of the album and I can honestly say it is impressive. If it’s available at the show I highly recommend you grab a copy.

Formed in 1993 in Vacaville California, Papa Roach is best known for songs like “Last Resort,” “Scars” and Lifeline. They have released seven studio albums including their latest entitled “The Connection” which was released in October. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix is coming off of throat surgery, and early reports say that his voice sounds great.

Stone Sour formed in 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa. It was ten years before they released their eponymous major label debut in 2002. Last year Stone Sour released their fourth studio album “House of Gold and Bones-Part 1,” and plans are for the band to release House of Gold and Bones-Part 2” later this year.

One thing new this year from The Rapids Theatre is that the venue is offering VIP cards for their concerts. There are two levels, and they offer the concertgoer secured parking, coat check and other benefits including early entry for general admission shows. The passes are not available day of show, so if you want to use them for these shows you must purchase them in advance.

Tickets for Buckcherry with Heaven’s Basement on Sunday January 20th at 7:30 p.m. are available at the Ticketfly.com for $25 in advance and $30 day of show if available. Tickets for Papa Roach and Stone Sour Tuesday Janauary 22 at 7:00 p.m. are $32.50 in advance, $37.50 day off show if available. Tickets are also available at the Rapids Theatre box office the day show.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Buckcherry with Heaven's Basement, 7:30 p.m. Sunday • WHAT: Papa Roach and Stone Sour, 7 p.m. Tuesday • WHERE: Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls • TICKETS: Buckcherry ($25 advance, $30 day of), Papa Roach ($32.50 advance, $37.50 day of)

Thom Jennings is covering the local concert and music scene for Night and Day.