The ‘Stray Cats’ Celebrate 40 Years With New Album And Tour

Stray Cats: Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom. CR: Russ Harrington
They may not be “sexy and 17” (neither are they a rock ‘n roll queen!), but Stray Cats are still in the game as they celebrate their first album in 26 years. The new material and tour is in celebration of their 40th anniversary! Tour details below!

Stray Cats founding members Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals) are appropriately naming their album 40. The collection, which comes out May 24 via Surfdog Records features the following tracks: Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me), Rock It Off, I’ve Got Love If You Want It, Cry Danger, I Attract Trouble, Three Time’s A Charm, That’s Messed Up, When Nothing’s Going Right, Desperado, Mean Pickin’ Mama, I’ll Be Looking Out For You, and Devil Train.

“You have to understand how unique the Stray Cats are,” said Setzer. “It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!”

Lee Rocker added that making 40 was like “the first record we did” as the unique Stray Cats sound should be evident with the new release. “The modern is meeting the vintage,” said Slim Jim Phantom. “Which has always been our inspiration.”

Stray Cat Tour Dates
6/21           Vittoria, Spain                                   Azkena Rock Festival
6/23          Birmingham, United Kingdom      Birmingham O2Academy
6/25          Manchester, United Kingdom       Manchester O2 Apollo
6/26-7      London, United Kingdom               London Eventim Apollo
6/29          Tilloly, France                                    Retro C Trop
7/1              Amsterdam, Netherland                AFAS Live
7/3             Berlin, Germany                                Columbiahalle
7/4             Cologne, Germany                           Palladium
7/6             Tours, France                                    American Tours Festival
7/7              Belfort, France                                 Les Eurockeennes
7/9             Stuttgart, Germany                         Killesberg
7/11            Munich, Germany                            Zenith
7/13           Aix-Les-Bains, France                    Musilac Festival
7/18           Pori, Finland                                      Pori Jazz Festival
7/20          Falun, Sweden                                  Summer Jamboree-Falun
8/3            Atlantic City, NJ                               Ocean Resort Casino Ovation Hall
8/6            New York, NY                                    Pier 17 at South Street Seaport
8/13          Vienna, VA                                         Wolf Trap
8/15          Grand Rapids, MI                             Meijer Garden
8/18          Welch, MN                                        Treasure Island Casino
8/26         Salt Lake City, UT                            Red Butte Garden
8/28         Los Angeles, CA                              Greek Theatre
8/31         San Diego, CA                                   Humphrey’s

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