This news broke back on the 19th but I had so many items to post from the San Diego Comic Con International that I couldn’t get to it until now so I hope that some of you will still find it informative. This is of course another tour announcement piece but one for an artist that I’ve only begun discussing here on the website since last year. That’s because The Brian Setzer Orchestra isn’t doing the sort of style that is a usual focus here but after witnessing his SiriusXM subscriber event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square and being blown away by how much fun it was I just had to share the press copy, poster and dates for the 2016 “Christmas Rocks! Tour” by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Check it out below.
The Press Release:
13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ROCKS! TOUR FEATURING MUSIC FROM LAST YEAR’S STUDIO CHRISTMAS ALBUM, THREE BEST-SELLING HOLIDAY ALBUMS AND BRIAN’S NUMEROUS HITS!
The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner and his 19-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will visit 32 cities beginning Saturday, November 12 in Appleton and making stops in Nashville, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others (full itinerary below). Their 13th annual tour, presented by SiriusXM, will feature music off their latest Christmas album, ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH (available now as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download); plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums; and original material from BRIAN SETZER. Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc…) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOPLH includes highlights such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” and “Rockabilly Rudolph,” among other notable Christmas classic tunes. SETZER’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements—an unbeatable combination.
The Tour Dates:
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 Theater
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
SiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the tour before they go on sale to the general public. The SiriusXM Presale will take place from Wednesday, July 20 at 10am local time to Thursday, July 21 at 10pm local time in participating tour markets. For more information, click HERE!!
About Brian Setzer: Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner, is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John Coltrane’s saxophone.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I mentioned in my introduction piece, last Christmastime I was fortunate enough to be a media fly on the wall for the SiriusXM Subscriber event concert and I was singing, dancing and decking the rock and roll halls like never before. I love that time of the year and cannot wait until it gets here once more. Of course its very strange to be discussing Christmas stuff in July but oh well, that is when some tours need to be mapped out and announced. So what do you readers think about this announcement? Is it something you will be checking out when the time comes? Trust me its a lot of fun if you are looking for something different. You can let me know in the comments section below. See you next time.
Official Website: http://www.briansetzer.com