"ROCKABILLY RIOT!" U.S. TOUR
KICKING OFF JUNE 7 IN SAN DIEGO, CA
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 ORCHESTRAwill 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 here.
U.S. TOUR DATES FOR "ROCKABILLY RIOT!":
San Diego, CA
Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues
Arvada Center Amphitheater
Clear Lake, IA
House of Blues
Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Lynn Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
American Music Theatre
Atlantic City, NJ
Harrah's Atlantic City
Ives Concert Park
Tuesday in the Park
INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES:
American Tours Festival
O2 Kentish Town Forum
Rockefeller Music Hall
Lahti Bikers Fest
Above: Brian Setzer, credit: Naoaki