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Brian Setzer Forced To Cancel “Christmas Rocks! Tour” On Doctor’s Orders

Though I’ve been sharing a lot of good news today in terms of tour announcements, its now come time to share some bad news as the upcoming Brian Setzer Orchestra tour has been cancelled. Read more down below.

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The Press Release:
Under doctor’s orders, iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER has been forced to cancel his 16th annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” by THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA due to a severe case of tinnitus.

The over 20-city annual and critically acclaimed holiday extravaganza by SETZER and 19-piece ORCHESTRA was his best-selling Christmas tour to date and set to start this week, running from November 15 in Minneapolis through December 21 in Los Angeles. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase (full itinerary below).

SETZER says he deeply regrets this inconvenience to his fans and thanks them in advance for their love and support.

“It’s heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over fifteen years,” says SETZER. “I’m truly sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all of the amazing people who make my tour happen and to my unbelievably loyal and devoted fans. I hate to let you down and I hope you’ll understand.”

The cancellation of BSO’s 16th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” affects the following cities:

The Cancelled Tour Dates:
11/15: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/16: Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
11/17: Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
11/19: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center For The Arts
11/20: Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
11/21: Springfield, MA @ Symphony Hall
11/23: Lynchburg, VA @ Academy of Fine Arts – Historic Theatre
11/24: Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury
11/26: Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
11/27: Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
11/29: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/30: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/2: Nashville, TN @ The Ryman
12/3: Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
12/4: Augusta, GA @ Miller Theatre
12/6: Biloxi, MS @ Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
12/9: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
12/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theatre
12/12: Ridgefield, WA @ Ilani Casino
12/13: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
12/14: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
12/16: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
12/17: Stockton, CA @ Bob Hope Theatre
12/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
12/20: Palm Desert, CA @ McCallum Theatre
12/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having seen “The BSO” as I liked to call this when it came a calling a few times over the years, I am quite saddened by the news about his health and needing the cancel the tour. Obviously good health is much more important and we wish Mr. Setzer a speedy getting back to normal state. Maybe he can rework the cancellations into a “Summertime Christmas Show” or something. That would be wonderous for sure. That’s all I have for this notice and I am sorry that I needed to be the bearer of bad news. See you again soon.

Official Website: https://briansetzer.com/

Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces “25 Live” Single For Record Store Day 2017

The Press Release:
The BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA–led by iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER–have announced their exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day release, which further celebrates the band’s 25th anniversary in 2017. Pressed on neon blue vinyl, the 12″ single LP, 25 LIVE!, features two never-before-released live songs, “Let There Be Rock” (raucous rendition of AC/DC’s classic track) and “Gene & Eddie” (a big bandversion of the Stray Cats song)andwill drop on Friday, November 24 with participating record stores.

“When I wanted to try another musical idea and put BSO together, people just laughed at me,” says BRIAN SETZER, looking back. “It feels like I’ve taken this monumental, impossible task and have been able to do this for 25 years. It’s an incredible feeling.”

Earlier this year (August), THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA kicked off the celebration of their 25th anniversary in style with an exclusive landmark show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Under the stars at the legendary venue where they’ve performed twice before, SETZER’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings were matched with his 19-piece orchestra‘s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements, making for an unbeatable combination. Currently, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA are gearing up for the launch their 14th annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour. The national tour kicks off November 10 in Minneapolis, MN and will hit 34 cities before wrapping on December 28 in Bellingham, WA. Tickets are on sale now and all dates can be viewed on THIS LINK.

In their 25 years together, the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have released 14 albums (10 studio and four live). “The music I play in the big band is rock n’ roll with a jazz influence,” says SETZER. “What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song. It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again.”

BRIAN SETZER belongs to an elite group of artists who’ve had three super successful phases of his career, from the Stray Cats, to solo albums, to BSO. The BSO show seamlessly encompasses music from all these phases. “It’s all about the set list,” he says. “A good set list has a lot of hills and valleys; it has to go up and down. I like it to kind of cover my career, I like it to start with some Stray Cats, because I love that kind of music with the big band behind it and of course some of the big band stuff that everybody knows, we had quite a few hits. But then I also like to cover some things I haven’t played in a long time.”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I’m not the biggest vinyl collector when compared to my circle of friends, I am super curious to hear how the BSO will be doing this track. Hopefully the also release it as a digital single so I can do a quick review of it for the masses. What about you fine folks? Will you be asking your brick and mortar retailer to hold you a copy for Record Store Day? Speak up down in the comments below.

Official Website: http://www.briansetzerorchestra.com

Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces 14th Annual “Christmas Rocks Tour”

Though we may be in the heat of the summer, the touring announcements never really stop and this next one will take us from the Fall into the Winter and help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Read down on the full press release below and mark off the dates happening near you. I’ll close out with additional thoughts once that’s all done. Let’s go.

The Press Release:
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have announced their 14th annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour,” presented for the second consecutive year by SiriusXM. Hitting 30 cities, the holiday extravaganza will launch November 10 at the State Theatre in SETZER‘s adopted hometown of Minneapolis and wrap up December 28 (full itinerary below). The public on sale is Friday, July 21 at 10am local time, with the following presales:

o Fan Club Presale: Tuesday, July 18th at 10am local time through Thursday, July 20th at 10pm local time; Password: XMASROCKS
o SiriusXM Presale: Tuesday, July 18th at 10am local time through Thursday, July 20th at 10pm local time; Password: siriussetzer2017
o Local Presale: Wednesday, July 19th at 10am local time through Thursday, July 20th at 10pm local time.

The group’s set list 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. View the Christmas sizzle reel:

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas from Surfdog Records on Vimeo.

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SiriusXM presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour”

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.

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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.
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