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BUCKCHERRY's Josh Todd Became A Certified Phlebotomist During the Pandemic, Helping Draw Blood at COVID Clinics

Good guy Josh Todd.

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Good guy Josh Todd certainly tried to be as productive as possible during the pandemic. During a recent interview promoting Buckcherry's new album, Hellbound, Todd revealed to SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk that he took on another gig… that of a phlebotomist.

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“I got into action. I’m not one that really sits around for too long. I never get on the pity potty. I just go, ‘Okay, what am I gonna do with this time? I’ve got all this time. How can I utilize it wisely?’ And making the Hellbound record was one of them.”

He continued “I learned a new trade, too. I became a certified phlebotomist during the lockdown, and I served L.A. County for four months out at a COVID clinic. So I did that, as well, after the Hellbound record was written. A lot of interesting things I did during the lockdown. But that was one of ’em.”

Todd also attended addiction recovery meetings through Zoom and took up tennis again, but donating time at a COVID clinic is something that's certainly noteworthy.

“I went to a two-week program where you stick and you get stuck a lot by students. And then you’ve gotta take a national exam, and I did that, as well, and I passed that. And then you get out in the field and do your thing. And that’s what I did for, like I said, four months out in downtown L.A.; I worked at a COVID clinic. And it was interesting.”

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As for how he considered the gig, Todd revealed “I always go to Quest Diagnostics. I get my bloodwork annually there, because the best phlebotomists are there. I remember this one big, tall tattooed dude came out and drew my blood one time, and I literally didn’t even feel it; he was so good. And we started chatting, and I just became interested in it — a long time ago, way before the pandemic.”

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

07/07 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Vinoski Winery
07/09 — Gettysburg, PA @ Gettysburg Bike Week
07/10 — Streator, IL @ Streator July 4 Fest
07/14 — Omaha, NE @ Barnato Lounge
07/16 — Joplin, MO @ Guitars
07/17 — Chickasaw, OK @ Legends Event Park
07/19 — Memphis, TN @ Lafayette’s Music Room
07/20 — Baton Rouge, LA @ Basin Music Hall
07/21 — Jay, OK @ MAO Event Center
07/23 — Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel
07/24 — Grover Hill, OH @ Whetzel Motor Rally
07/25 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Live
07/30 — Columbus, OH @ King of Clubs
07/31 — Marietta, Oh @ Adelphia Music Hall
08/01 — Indianapolis, IN @ Hi Fi ANNEX
08/03 — Madison, WI @ Majestic
08/05 — Dubuque, IA @ Five Flags Event Center
08/10 — Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
08/14 — Shiley Acres, VA @ Shiley Acres
08/15 — Knoxville, TN @ Cotton Eye Joe’s
08/17 — Hobart, IN @ Hobart Theatre
08/19 — Ft Wayne, IN @ Pieres
08/20 — Lombard, IL @ Brauerhouse
08/21 — Escanaba, MI @ UP State Fair – Grandstand
08/22 — Green Bay, WI @ Epic Event Center
08/27 — Fountain, MN @ Beaver Bottoms Saloon
08/28 — Walker, MN @ Northern Lights Casino
08/29 — Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
08/31 — West Peoria, IL @ Crusens
09/01 — Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
09/03 — Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
09/04 — Charlotte, NC @ Park Expo Center
09/05 — Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
09/07 — Ardmore, OK @ Heritage Hall
09/10 — Flandreau, SD @ Royal River City
09/12 — Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
09/14 — Cleveland, OH @ HOB
09/15 — Syracuse, NY @ Sharkey’s Event Center
09/17 — Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
09/18 — Blackthorne, NY @ Blackthorne Fest
09/24 — Santa Clarita, CA @ Canyon Club
09/25 — Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
09/26 — Montclair, CA @ Canyon Club
09/28 — Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
09/30 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Royal
10/01 — Cheyenne, WY @ Outlaw
10/02 — Billings, MT @ Pub Station
10/04 — Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/05 — Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
10/07 — Calgary, AB @ Eagle Event Center
10/08 — Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Event Center
10/09 — Edmonton, AB @ Century Casino
10/11 — Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar Stage
10/12 — Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Center
10/14 — Regina, SK @ Conexus Art Center
10/15 — Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
10/18 — Thunder Bay, ON @ NV Music Hall
10/19 — Sault Ste Marie, ON @ SOO Blasters
10/21 — Sudbury, ON @ The Grand
10/22 — London, ON @ London Music Hall
10/23 — Ottawa, ON @ Barrymore’s
10/25 — Halifax, NS @ Marquee
10/26 — Moncton, NB @ Tide and Boar
10/27 — Moncton, NB @ Tide and Boar
10/30 — Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
10/31 — Portland, ME @ Aura
11/02 — New Bedford, MA @ Vault at Greasy Luck
11/04 — Norwalk, CT @ Granite St Music Hall
11/05 — Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/06 — Farmingdale, NY @ Mulcahey’s
11/08 — Baltimore, MD @ The Recher
11/09 — Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL
11/10 — Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

[via Blabbermouth]

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