I’ve kept the music that Brian Setzer played with The Stray Cats as one of my guilty pleasure bands since they just bring a good time to life like so few others are able to do. That said, the musician recently unveiled his plans for a full US Tour under the moniker of the “Rockabilly Riot”. Check out the poster, the press copy and the dates down below and then I’ll add some closing thoughts.
The Press Release:
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER will launch his “ROCKABILLY RIOT!” tour Wednesday, June 7 in San Diego, CA, and audiences can expect his rockin’ style and guitar assault to leave them smiling.
Armed with Stray Cats gems like “Rock This Town,'” “Rumble In Brighton” and “Stray Cat Strut” plus other electrifying songs like “Let’s Shake” from his latest solo studio album Rockabilly Riot!: All Original, SETZER will also make stops in Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlantic City, among other cities throughout the U.S., before heading overseas in July.
SETZER’s red hot compadres are Noah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester on bass. “When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester,” notes SETZER. “He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy. Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. And when you’re talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it’s a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other.”
Asked what he’d like to overhear fans saying after a gig, SETZER says: “I would love to hear, ‘You know, that Rockabilly Riot squad has all the energy and great things I like about the original rockabilly sound, yet they’re a modern band making this music sound new. I love it.'”
In late 2016, SETZER released his live Blu-Ray/CD package, BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! – LIVE IN JAPAN, a sizzling rockabilly album from start to finish that highlights the same band. More information on the Blu-Ray/CD can be found here.
In other exciting SETZER news, the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will celebrate their 25th anniversary in style with an exclusive landmark show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 2. Under the stars at the legendary venue where they’ve performed twice before, SETZER’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings will be matched with his 19-piece orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements, making for an unbeatable combination. Group tickets are now on sale, with artist pre-sale beginning May 2 and public on-sale May 7. Find more information on his weblink below.
The Tour Dates:
6/7 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
6/9 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
6/10 – TBA @ TBA
6/12 – Arvada, CO @ Arvada Center Amphitheater
6/14 – Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
6/15 – Oshkosh, WI @ Leach Amphitheater
6/17 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
6/18 – TBA @ TBA
6/20 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
6/21 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
6/23 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
6/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Harrah’s Atlantic City
6/25 – Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park
6/27 – Lewiston, NY @ Tuesday in the Park
6/29 – TBA @ TBA
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I’ve only managed to see Setzer in concert twice and this was during a holiday blowout at the Hard Rock Café where he would be doing something special for the SiriusXM subscriber base. These shows were nothing less than fantastic and I would love to catch one of these shows but unfortunately at the time of this posting there doesn’t appear to be a NYC show. Perhaps one of these “TBA” ones will reveal itself to be in the Big Apple and if it does become the case then you can most probably count on a show report here on the website. It will let me continue to share views on music that isn’t always going to be a Metal band which I must admit I sorely need once in a while to keep my skills fresh. What do you readers think about this latest tour? Is it something you will coif up your hair and sport your most stylish of duds to? Let me know down in the comments section below because its always great to hear what you think.
Official Website: http://www.briansetzer.com