Buckcherry Break Up

Frontman Joshua Todd leaves band for other pursuits

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Los Angeles quintet Buckcherry have called it quits after lead singer Josh Todd unexpectedly left the band to pursue a separate musical career.

The band, which formed in 1998, had its first success when its self-titled debut album, driven by the hit single "Lit Up," went gold in 1999. Buckcherry released Time Bomb in 2001, which yielded radio hits, including "Whiskey in the Morning" and "Ridin'."

Following a spring tour, the group had been writing songs over the past few months, but according to a statement, Todd had grown disappointed with the results.

This past April, Todd and Buckcherry band mate Keith Nelson teamed up with Guns n' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum -- billed as "Cherry Roses" -- at a tribute concert for the late drummer Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue).

In addition to musical pursuits, Todd had taken on some acting work over the past year, landing small parts in The New Guy and The Saltan Sea.

Future plans of the other Buckcherry band members and Cherry Roses have yet to be announced.