On the heels of announcing ROCKIN' RUDOLPH--their first studio Christmas album in 10 years that's due out Friday, October 16 via Surfdog Records--BRIAN SETZER and THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have revealed the itinerary for their 2015 "12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour."
The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner and his 18-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will visit 31 cities beginning Saturday, November 14 in Minneapolis and making stops in Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angelesand San Francisco, among others (full itinerary below). Their 12th annual tour will feature music off the new album, ROCKIN' RUDOLPH, available now to pre-order via PledgeMusic.com 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. Pre-sale tickets for a select number of shows will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time this Wednesday (8/19) here: briansetzer.com/tour.
"It's always exciting to add new songs," says SETZER about the set list. "I'm thinking about opening with 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.' We have never done that one before."
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.
Catch the 2015 "Christmas Rocks! Tour" in the following cities:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat-Nov-14 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
Sun-Nov-15 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
Tue-Nov-17 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
Wed-Nov-18 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Fri-Nov-20 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
Sat-Nov-21 Atlantic City, NJ Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus
Sun-Nov-22 Buffalo, NY University of Buffalo - Center for the Arts
Tue-Nov-24 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre
Wed-Nov-25 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Fri-Nov-27 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
Sat-Nov-28 Englewood, NJ Bergen Perfroming Arts Center
Sun-Nov-29 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
Wed-Dec-02 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Fri-Dec-04 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Sat-Dec-05 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sun-Dec-06 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Tue-Dec-08 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
Thu-Dec-10 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Fri-Dec-11 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Sat-Dec-12 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Mon-Dec-14 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
Tue-Dec-15 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Fri-Dec-18 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
Sat-Dec-19 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino - Event Center
Sun-Dec-20 tba tba
Tue-Dec-22 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theater
Wed-Dec-23 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Thu-Dec-24 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
Sat-Dec-26 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Sun-Dec-27 Seattle, WA Benaroya Concert Hall
Tue-Dec-29 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Resorts and Casino
About Brian Setzer:
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-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 18-piece 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.