Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces Schedule For Annual “Christmas Rocks Tour”

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

America is currently in the grip of the dog days of summer.  But don’t tell Brian Setzer.  The veteran guitarist and performer announced this week the schedule for The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th annual Christmas Rocks Tour.”

Setzer announced that this year’s edition of the group’s annual holiday tour will be presented by Sirius XM and will span a total of 32 cities beginning with a performance in Appleton, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 12th.  The band’s schedule also includes performances in Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, and many other cities.  The band’s full schedule is noted below.

 

Catch BSO’s 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:
DATE
LOCATION
VENUE
Sat-Nov-12
Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Sun-Nov-13
Ames, IA
Stephens Auditorium
Tue-Nov-15
Saint Charles, IL
The Arcada Theatre
Wed-Nov-16
Kalamazoo, MI
State Theatre
Thu-Nov-17
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
Sat-Nov-19
Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods Casino- Grand Theatre
Sun-Nov-20
Easton, PA
State Theatre Center For The Arts
Mon-Nov-21
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre
Wed-Nov-23
Buffalo, NY
Center For The Arts
Fri-Nov-25
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sat-Nov-26
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
Sun-Nov-27
Westbury, NY
Theatre at Westbury
Tue-Nov-29
Montclair, NJ
Wellmont Theater
Fri-Dec-02
Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center For The Arts
Sat-Dec-03
Atlanta, GA
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Sun-Dec-04
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Tue-Dec-06
Louisville, KY
Palace Theatre
Wed-Dec-07
Evansville, IN
Old National Events Plaza
Fri-Dec-09
Shawnee, OK
Firelake Arena
Sat-Dec-10
Tulsa, OK
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sun-Dec-11
Thackerville, OK
WinStar World Casino
Tue-Dec-13
Denver, CO
Paramount Theatre
Thu-Dec-15
Phoenix, AZ
Celebrity Theatre
Fri-Dec-16
Temecula, CA
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Sat-Dec-17
Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Theatre
Tue-Dec-20
Bakersfield, CA
Fox Theatre
Thu-Dec-22
Modesto, CA
Gallo Center For The Arts
Fri-Dec-23
Reno, NV
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Sat-Dec-24
San Francisco, CA
Warfield Theatre
Mon-Dec-26
Seattle, WA
Paramount Theatre
Tue-Dec-27
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thu-Dec-29
Santa Rosa, CA
Luther Burbank Center For The Arts

Fans can expect to hear a mix of music at every stop on the tour.  Setzer said of the shows’ set list that it will include music from the band’s most recent holiday album, 2015’s Rockin’ Rudolph, three of the band’s best-selling holiday albums, and Setzer’s own solo catalogue.  Tickets for this year’s holiday tour can be purchased online now here.  More information on The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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BSO’s New Christmas Music Is A Surprisingly Enjoyable Musical Holiday Treat

Courtesy:  Surfdog Records

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Ten years have passed since Brian Setzer and his feow musicians in The Brian Setzer Orchestra released their last holiday album. Now with Halloween only days away at the time of this posting and Christmas still well over a month away, Setzer and company have brought audiences an early present for all of the group’s fans. The present comes in the form of its new album Rockin’ Rudolph. Being the group’s first Christmas album in a decade it is a welcome return. Given, there is no original material presented in this record per se. However, the group’s upbeat renditions of the featured holiday standards are within themselves plenty of reason to have this record echoing through any family’s house this holiday season. This is obvious right from the album’s opener, the big band rendition of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ The song boasts the group’s trademark swing and also keeps the song’s original feel at the same time. ‘Rockabilly Rudolph’ is more proof of what makes BSO’s new holiday such a welcome return. It is anything but the original song. Rather, Setzer and company have taken the classic tune and completely re-imagined it. One could even say that they turned it on its ear. The band’s updated take on ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is just as intriguing. That is because Setzer and company have also re-imagined this holiday standard in its own unexpected fashion. All three songs are in themselves clear examples of why Rockin’ Rudolph is such a welcome return. Together with the collection’s other nine covers the collection in whole proves to be quite the surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra has brought audiences quite a surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat in Rockin’ Rudolph. The twelve-track, thirty-four minute collection of holiday standards is such a welcome return for Setzer and company because unlike so many other well-known mainstream acts out there, Setzer and his fellow musicians don’t just perform the standards and call it a day. Instead, they take the noted standards and build on them at some points while totally re-imagining them at others. The end result is a record that any family will want echoing through their homes this holiday season. This is obvious right from the album’s opener ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ Setzer and his band mates have taken the original standard here and given it a full-on big band swing touch that also features Setzer’s own rockabilly style on guitar. The album’s liner notes don’t specifically note who handled the drums on this song (apparently there were two drummers utilized in recording the featured songs). Regardless, the drums absolutely swing and will have listeners dancing in their kitchens and living rooms as they bake those christmas cookies and drink their eggnog. The same can be said of the band’s horns. They swing just as much as the group’s drummer. The horns and drums set alongside Setzer’s own trademark rockabilly style sound make this cover one that stands head and shoulders above all of its other renditions across the musical universe. It is just one example of what makes this record such a solid collection of holiday covers, too. The band’s updated take on ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ titled here ‘Rockabilly Rudolph’ is another example of everything right with this record.

The big band swing of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ presented by the members of BSO makes the song a great first impression from Setzer and company in its first new holiday record in a decade. It shows that Setzer and his fellow musicians offer audiences more than just the standard holiday covers. And it does so quite convincingly, too. ‘Rockabilly Rudolph,’ the band’s take on ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is just as enjoyable for audiences. That is because it is yet another piece in which Setzer and his fellow musicians do more than just cover the old standard. Instead, they completely turn the song on its ear with a rockabilly take on the classic. It goes without saying that this rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed’ sounds almost nothing like the original. And that is not a bad thing, either. There’s even a tribute to James Bond with the famous spy’s theme song incorporated into the song. Setzer is the main star of this piece. Though, his band mates shine just as much. All things considered here, this original take on the holiday standard is something that audiences won’t hear anywhere else. It proves even more why Rockin’ Rudolph is such a standout holiday offering and an equally impressive return for Setzer and his fellow musicians to the realm of holiday music. It is of course still not the only example of what makes this record so surprisingly enjoyable. The group’s take on ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is just as interesting to hear.

BSO’s cover of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ and ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ are both clear examples of why the group’s first holiday album in ten years is such a welcome collection in any family’s home this holiday season. While both songs show in their way just how much this compilation has to offer audiences they are only a couple of examples of just how much the record offers. The group’s take on ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is one more example of just how much this record sets itself apart from all of the year’s other holiday music offerings. As most audiences know, ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is quite the solemn piece’ in its original presentation. In the case of BSO’s rendition, the band has replaced that much more solemn feel with something more along the lines of a slow jazz sound. It’s quite the departure from the far more reserved sound to which audiences are accustomed. That’s not to say that it is a bad thing. Rather it is just a something different. The very fact that Setzer and his band mates have opted to go a different route just as much here as with the record’s other covers makes the record in whole all the more interesting. Speaking of those songs, the collection in whole is so original in regards to its renditions that audiences will agree in hearing it that it is in fact quite the surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat for any family.

BSO’s covers of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,’ ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ are all good examples of just how much Rockin’ Rudolph has to offer listeners. Instead of just taking the easy road, all three songs show a group that opted to take the original tunes and build on them in some cases and even totally re-imagine them in others. That is displayed just as much in the rest of the album’s songs as through the trip directly noted here. Whether one chooses one of that trio or any of the others not directly noted, one will agree that the album in whole proves to be one of the few holiday music collections actually worth purchasing this year. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news at:

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Brian Setzer Orchestra Debuts Rockin’ Rudolph

Courtesy:  Surfdog Records

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

It’s not quite Christmas yet. But let’s face it. The countdown to Christmas is already on around most parts of the country now that we’re almost halfway through October. In anticipation of the arrival of the annual holiday season, Brian Setzer and his fellow musicians in the Brian Setzer Orchestra premiered the group’s new holiday record Rockin’ Rudolph this week exclusively via Yahoo! Music.

Rockin’ Rudolph is the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s first holiday record to be released in some ten years. It is scheduled to be released in stores and online this Friday, October 16th via Surfdog Records. Fans of the Brian Setzer Orchestra can get their hands on the album in an exclusive box set presentation now online via Pledge Music. The twelve-track album features key numbers including: ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ ‘Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,’ ‘Rockabilly Rudolph’ and a number of other favorites. The full track listing and details for both the standard and deluxe edition of Rockin’ Rudolph is listed below.

Track listing for standard edition of ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH:

  1. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  2. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide”
  3. “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
  4. “Rockabilly Rudolph”
  5. “Here Comes Santa Claus”
  6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  7. “Swingin’ Joy”
  8. “Carol of the Bells”
  9. “Little Jack Frost”
  10. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  11. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
  12. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide” (extended)

 

The ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH DELUXE BOX SET

includes:

  1. Brand New Rockin’ Rudolph album on CD
  2. Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to “Nutcracker Suite” (just as Brian reads on stage!)
  3. Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3″ tall, alloy metal)
  4. Brian Setzer’s Own Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
  5. Commemorative BSO “Martini Logo” Stainless Steel Guitar Pick
  6. BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters
  7. Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
  8. “Live in Nashville” 10×10 print
  9. Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including:
  • Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH album
  • 2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album:  “Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy”
  • Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger
  • Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO’s Rockin’ Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.) 
  • “Jingle Bells” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released) 
  • “Nutcracker Suite” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released) 
  • Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released) 
Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Setzer and company will take to the road this fall in support of its new record beginning November 14th in Minneapolis, MN. It also includes a stop in North Carolina’s queen City on December 4th. The complete schedule for the group’s tour is listed below.

Catch the 2015 “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:

 

DATE CITY VENUE
Sat-Nov-14 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
Sun-Nov-15 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
Tue-Nov-17 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
Wed-Nov-18 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Fri-Nov-20 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
Sat-Nov-21 Atlantic City, NJ Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus
Sun-Nov-22 Buffalo, NY University of Buffalo – Center for the Arts
Tue-Nov-24 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre
Wed-Nov-25 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Fri-Nov-27 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
Sat-Nov-28 Englewood, NJ Bergen Perfroming Arts Center
Sun-Nov-29 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
Wed-Dec-02 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Fri-Dec-04 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Sat-Dec-05 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sun-Dec-06 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Tue-Dec-08 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
Thu-Dec-10 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Fri-Dec-11 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Sat-Dec-12 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Mon-Dec-14 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
Tue-Dec-15 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Fri-Dec-18 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
Sat-Dec-19 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino – Event Center
Sun-Dec-20 tba tba
Tue-Dec-22 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theater
Wed-Dec-23 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Thu-Dec-24 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
Sat-Dec-26 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Sun-Dec-27 Seattle, WA Benaroya Concert Hall
Tue-Dec-29 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Resorts and Casino

More information on the 12th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour is available online now along with all of the latest updates on the band’s new holiday album Rockin’ Rudolph at:

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Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces Details For 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Late last month, Brian Setzer announced that he and his band The Brian Setzer Orchestra will release the group’s first full-length holiday album in roughly a decade later this fall. Today, Setzer followed up that announcement with another big announcement for fans. Setzer announced today that it will hit the road this fall and winter for the 12th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra will embark on the 12th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour beginning Saturday, November 14th at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tour will see the group performing a total of thirty-one dates, including one in North Carolina’s “Queen City” on Friday, December 4th at the Ovens Auditorium. Pre-sales for the tour begin Wednesday, August 19th at 10am ET. they can be purchased online via Brian Setzer’s official website at http://www.briansetzer.com/tour. Being that this tour marks the frst time in roughly a decade that Setzer and company will be touring in support of a new holiday album, Setzer has been understandably upbeat about the tour. “It’s always exciting to add new songs,” he said about the tour’s set list. “I’m thinking about opening with ‘Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.’ We have never done that one before.” The complete schedule for the BSO’s upcoming Christmas Rocks! Tour is listed below.

Catch the 2015 “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Sat-Nov-14
Minneapolis, MN
Orpheum Theatre
Sun-Nov-15
Omaha, NE
Orpheum Theatre
Tue-Nov-17
Waukegan, IL
Genesee Theatre
Wed-Nov-18
Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre
Fri-Nov-20
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
Sat-Nov-21
Atlantic City, NJ
Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus
Sun-Nov-22
Buffalo, NY
University of Buffalo – Center for the Arts
Tue-Nov-24
Stamford, CT
Palace Theatre
Wed-Nov-25
Wilkes Barre, PA
Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Fri-Nov-27
Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
Sat-Nov-28
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Perfroming Arts Center
Sun-Nov-29
Westbury, NY
Theatre at Westbury
Wed-Dec-02
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre
Fri-Dec-04
Charlotte, NC
Ovens Auditorium
Sat-Dec-05
Atlanta, GA
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sun-Dec-06
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Tue-Dec-08
New Orleans, LA
Saenger Theatre
Thu-Dec-10
Austin, TX
ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Fri-Dec-11
Allen, TX
Allen Event Center
Sat-Dec-12
San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theatre
Mon-Dec-14
Tucson, AZ
Fox Tucson Theatre
Tue-Dec-15
Phoenix, AZ
Celebrity Theatre
Fri-Dec-18
Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Theater
Sat-Dec-19
Indio, CA
Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino – Event Center
Sun-Dec-20
tba
tba
Tue-Dec-22
Bakersfield, CA
Fox Theater
Wed-Dec-23
Santa Rosa, CA
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Thu-Dec-24
San Francisco, CA
Warfield Theater
Sat-Dec-26
Spokane, WA
Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Sun-Dec-27
Seattle, WA
Benaroya Concert Hall
Tue-Dec-29
Calgary, AB
Grey Eagle Resorts and Casino

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MVD Entertainment Group To Release Two Classic Stray Cats Concerts This Summer

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Brian Setzer and his former friends in the famed neo-rockabilly band Stray Cats went their separate ways long ago. But even in all the years since, the band has still remained a favorite among thousands of audiences the world over. And thanks to that continued demand, MVD Entertainment Group will release a new pair of classic archived concerts from the band this summer.

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

MVD Entertainment Group will release Stray Cats Live at Rockpalast on Tuesday, July 7th. The recording will feature the band’s performances at the famed annual concert festival in 1981 and 1983. The first of the performances was recorded on July 16th, 1981 and the second on August 20th, 1983. Both performances will be featured on a DVD release and a separate DVD/2CD platform. Their upcoming release marks the first time that either performance has ever been released for fan consumption. The complete listing for both the DVD and DVD/2CD presentation of Stray Cats Live atRockpalast is included

below.
TRACKLISTINGS

DVD

Loreley, August 20th 1983:

1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11

4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26

5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39

6. Built For Speed 06:30

7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25

8. Runaway Boy 03:46

9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22

10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39

11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42

12. She’s Sexy And 17 04:40

13. Banjo Time (Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16

14. The Race Is On 02:14

15. Tear It Up 04:03

16. Oh Boy 03:03

17. Rock This Town 06:50

Cologne, July.16th 1981

1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34

4. My One Desire 04:38

5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16

6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34

7. Storm The Embassy 05:05

8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09

9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48

10. Important Words 04:32

11. Rock This Town 08:28

12. Runaway Boy 04:40

13. Sometin’ Else 04:45

14. Gonna Ball 04:14

CD 1, Loreley, August 20th 1983:

1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11

4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26

5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39

6. Built For Speed 06:30

7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25

8. Runaway Boy 03:46

9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22

10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39

11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42

12. She’s Sexy And 17 04:40

13. Banjo Time (Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16

14. The Race Is On 02:14

15. Tear It Up 04:03

16. Oh Boy 03:03

17. Rock This Town 06:50

CD 1 total run time: 70:33


CD 2, Cologne, July.16th 1981

1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34

4. My One Desire 04:38

5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16

6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34

7. Storm The Embassy 05:05

8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09

9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48

10. Important Words 04:32

11. Rock This Town 08:28

12. Runaway Boy 04:40

13. Sometin’ Else 04:45

14. Gonna Ball 04:14

CD 2 total run time: 64:27

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Website: http://www.mvdb2b.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MVDEntertainmentGroup

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The Yardbirds Announce Makeup Dates, Welcome New Member

Courtesy:  Kayos Productions

Courtesy: Kayos Productions

The Yardbirds will fly again this fall!

Yardbirds founding member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jim McCarty announced today that the band will hit the road this fall and make up a string of North American dates that had to be postponed earlier this year. Along with those make-up dates, the band—with McCarty , bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Brian Setzer, Mick Taylor), guitarist/singer John Idan, and Myke Scavone (Ram & The Doughboys) on blues harp, vocals, and percussion—will also play additional dates later this fall. Those dates have not yet been confirmed. Though, they will confirmed at a later date. It has also been announced that fellow founding member Chris Dreja will be unable to make the upcoming dates but will be with the band in mind and spirit. Longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick will join the band on its upcoming tour as well.

The band’s currently confirmed tour dates are listed below.

Tour Dates:

October

30                                           Infinity Hall                      Norfolk CT

31                                           Musicfest Café                  Bethlehem PA

 

November

01                                           Newton Theatre                  Newton NJ

02                                           BB King’s                             NYC

06                                           Harrah’s Casino                 Phoenix AZ

07                                           Harrah’s Casino                 Lake Tahoe NV

10                                           Harrah’s Casino                 Loughlin NV

 

The Yardbirds’ fans can keep up with all of the latest updates to the band’s tour schedule and get all of the latest news from the band online at:

 

Website: http://www.theyardbirds.com

 

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Stray Cats Live Recording Another “High Note” For Eagle Rock, Montreux Sounds

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Montreux Sounds

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds have churned out some of the year’s best live recordings ever since the two groups originally formed their partnership.  Now, with the release of Stray Cats: Live at Montreux 1981, the two companies have released another impressive piece of history from the history of the famed music festival. 

Stray Cats: Live at Montreux 1981 presents Brian Setzer and his brothers in the Stray Cats in one of the trio’s most iconic performances.  As renowned as the Montreux Festival is, it is a bold statement for the Stray Cats to have been invited to perform.  It was a statement of belief not only in the band, but also in the old school rockabilly style sound.  Setzer and company made festival founder Claude Nobs and the audience more than proud with this performance, as the group kept the audience moving from start to finish.  Even when the band finished its main set with its classic hit, ‘Rock This Town’, the audiences still wanted more.  And the band gave the audience exactly what it wanted.  For that matter, it gave the audience what it wanted four more times.  The band came back for four encores, as that’s exactly what the audience wanted.  Cheers filled the room throughout the performance, even after Setzer and band mates Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom finally left the stage for the last time.

The band’s set was just one part of the overall success of this recording.  That the footage survived for over three decades is impressive in itself.  It will bring back a sense of nostalgia for fans who remember this iconic band from its heyday, and will introduce new audiences to one of the most important bands in the rebirth of the rockabilly style.  Seeing the old recording style itself is the video equivalent to listening to a record on vinyl.  It’s simply a wonderful feeling.  And it’s a feeling that any rockabilly fan or music fan in general can enjoy any time they want now that this release is available now both in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via the Eagle Rock Entertainment website, http://www.eagle-rock.com.

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