Hey all you hip cats and kittens, have I got some groovy jive to lay upon your psyche!!!! It’s the latest crazy in some New Year’s Breaking vibe and the press release below will showcase, The Stray Cats are reuniting. I’m sharing this all with you and can attest to it totally being on the square.
The Press Release:
Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom–original founding members of the acclaimed American Rockabilly trio, the STRAY CATS–will reunite for their first North American performance in 10 years on Saturday, April 21 in Las Vegas at The Orleans when they headline “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.” The iconic group, known for their high-energy performances with hits such as “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “Rock This Town,” are honored to share the stage with such musical legends as Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy.
“There’s something magic about a Stray Cats show, Viva Las Vegas is the perfect event to experience that. C’mon down and Rock This Town!” –Brian Setzer
“Just a string bass, a guitar and a drum, Stray Cats are back to show em how it’s done. 39 years after our first gigs, we’re back! Can’t wait to Rock again with my brothers Brian and Slim.” –Lee Rocker
“Happy and thrilled to be hitting the stage with the Cats at Viva Las Vegas. We’re The Rockabilly Kings back to reclaim our throne!” –Slim Jim
Beginning April 19, “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend” will showcase over 100 live bands across four days, eight burlesque shows, a massive car show (all cars built before 1964), vintage fashion show, pin up contest and jiving lessons and jiving contest. On hand will be over 120 vendors, pool parties, bands, music all night, DJ’s & record hops plus much more. For tickets and more information, visit: www.vivalasvegas.net
ABOUT STRAY CATS: STRAY CATS, the band that put Rockabilly music back on the record charts in the early ’80s, scored several big hits on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to a striking visual 1950’s style brought “up to date” with exaggerated pompadours and colorful tattoos and as well as genuine musical chops that evoked the best players of rockabilly’s original heyday. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979, the trio shared a love for Rockabilly music and after banging around New York and Philadelphia for a few months, in the summer of 1980, they were persuaded by a mutual friend to hop a plane to London where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge. Their massive hits and videos include “Runaway Boys,” “Rock This Town,” “Stray Cat Strut” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “I Won’t Stand in Your Way.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Once upon a time, a long, long time ago…..I was a pretty closed minded fan of music. I liked the stuff that I liked and didn’t lend much attention or interest onto anything that didn’t fall into those few personal preferences. I’m admitting this to you all for two reasons and the first one is because The Stray Cats were one of those bands that I said “Ugh” to without paying much mind and the second because I have not been that person for a very, very long time now. These days I tend to appreciate so many more worlds of musical awesome and I’d like to think that I am a better music fan for it. Of course my main preference is many forms of Rock and the crushing Metal as opposed to a lot of other things and that being said I think that this reunion is one that will be a rock and roll party like no other. One has to hope that it would lead to a full-scale national tour because I’d love to see this in living color after so many years of appreciating their sound. I was fortunate enough to catch The Brian Setzer Orchestra doing their Christmas Shows at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC for a couple of years and towards the end of that set he cuts down the band members and does a mini Stray Cats set. It was terrific and made me realize just how cool a reunion of said band could possibly be. Well here we are gentlemen and if the Misfits can do a few shows why can’t you? Let’s try to beat those Horror Punkers to a national tour as well because it might help speed up their own administrative processes. So what do you readers think about this reunion news? Will you be heading out to Vegas for the show? Do you think it will lead to a lengthier tour? Chime in down below and let us know what you think. See you next time.
Official Website: http://straycats.com/