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PostSubject: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:02 pm

From Orange County Weekly:

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http://www.ocweekly.com/index3.php?option=com_content2&task=print&id=29028&Itemid=248&pop=1&page=0
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Rockabilly Icons the Stray Cats Give the OC One Last Hurrah
By RYAN RITCHIE
Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 3:03 pm

Twangs for the Memories

30 Years After They Started, Rockabilly Icons the Stray Cats Prepare Their Final Strut

Pompadour and circumstance: The Stray Cats strut their stuff one more time

By definition, the reunion tour has to precede the going-away tour. This model has worked for many groups, but the Stray Cats are cutting out the middleman by combining the two. Yeah, they performed approximately 30 shows last year opening for ZZ Top and the Pretenders, but that was hardly what fans have waited for since the rockabilly trio’s previous headlining tour in 1992.

The group (singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom) worked full-time from 1978 to 1984, but they’ve made rare appearances since. They played the annual Hootenanny festival in 2003 and toured Europe the following year, which makes their only stateside show at the Pacific Amphitheatre Tuesday all the more special. The one-off is a warm-up gig before returning overseas for the beginning of a farewell tour currently scheduled for Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It’s strange, but it fits with the agenda used by the group since their inception in New York three decades ago.

“We’re just not a band that really ever plans anything too well,” Rocker says. “We do things that feel right. It’s never been calculated. We’re three musicians who get together and play. We never had a plan of how to do things right.”

Setzer issued a statement in February that said there are no other musicians he’d rather play with than Rocker and Phantom. He went on to mention how he hopes the farewell tour allows him the opportunity to finish the band the way they began, i.e., playing their brand of rockabilly. But such inactivity for the past two decades begs the question: Why officially close the door on something that hasn’t really been open for so long? Thankfully, the bassist has an answer.

“We started 30 years ago,” Rocker says, “and we’re starting to feel like it’s the start of wrapping it up. I think it’ll be a long goodbye, with a potential U.S. tour next year.”

But that’s not to say the members of the Stray Cats haven’t been active. Since 1990, Setzer has led the Brian Setzer Orchestra, a 17-piece big band known for their swinging renditions of otherwise-stale Christmas songs; Rocker has been a solo artist who plays close to 100 shows worldwide each year; Phantom has led a roots-rock trio called Dead Man Walking and plays alongside Motörhead singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister in an amplified rockabilly group called the Head Cat. These busy schedules act as a double-edged sword for the threesome. On one hand, constant activity means chops are maintained. On the other, three conflicting agendas mean not much time for Stray Cats practice. This might affect the chemistry between other reunited acts, but Rocker says the history behind his group allows them to pick up wherever they left off.

“We get a couple of rehearsals,” Rocker says. “Before tour, we talk and e-mail about what songs we want to do. We’ll come up with that last and come together to bang them out. We spend more time on those kinds of things because it’s really easy to slip back in, because it’s the foundation for all of us. It’s where we started. We know how to work together.”

Although it might not be obvious on the surface, one can draw a direct line from the Stray Cats to contemporary rockabilly scenes worldwide. The trio’s “Rock This Town,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rumble in Brighton” re-introduced tattoos, pompadours, walking bass lines and Gretsch guitars to a music community in the midst of punk and disco. They set a foundation for arguably every roots-revival act that followed. Each time a guy runs grease through his hair or a girl dons a poodle skirt, the Stray Cats’ music is present, especially in Orange County, where Rocker has lived for nearly 20 years. This week’s show is special for fans who want to see the band, but it is also meaningful for Rocker, who lists OC as one of the top three spots in the country for the Cats’ brand of music. But that’s not what separates this gig from others.

“My guest list is much larger,” Rocker says, “and my phone rings a lot more.”

The Stray Cats perform with Joe Ely and Hot Rod Lincoln at the Pacific Amphitheatre, 100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 708-1870; www.ocfair.com/pa. Tues., 7 p.m. $49.50.
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PostSubject: Re: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:23 am

Great article!! Thanks for sharing. I dont have time to look at stuff like that.
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PostSubject: Re: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:28 am

Wait a flippin minute ! did I read this correctly? Did Lee say that there is potential for a US TOUR next year????????????? bounce
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PostSubject: Re: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:05 am

Stray Cat Lover wrote:
Wait a flippin minute ! did I read this correctly? Did Lee say that there is potential for a US TOUR next year????????????? bounce

I wondered when someone was going to catch that! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:55 pm

Gloria wrote:
Stray Cat Lover wrote:
Wait a flippin minute ! did I read this correctly? Did Lee say that there is potential for a US TOUR next year????????????? bounce

I wondered when someone was going to catch that! Very Happy
There's always potential. Just don't go carving nothing in stone yet. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:31 am

Yeah I dig what your sayin about carvin stuff into stone but you gotta understand, when I would ask this question when I first joined the forum, the answer I would always get from People was pretty much an ABSOLUTELY NOT! ... In so many words, NO WAY NO HOW , NO CHANCE OF IT HAPPENING! And now to hear one of the Cats themselves hint a little something like that makes me wanna start doin some kartwheels ya dig!!! LOL =) I am just crossing my fingers for this one! Only time will tell though I guess but Ill def. be listening !
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PostSubject: Re: LOCAL STRAY CATS ARTICLE ABOUT UPCOMING TOUR....   Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:45 am

Ummmm... I was here when you started posting, and if memory serves, the responses were more that there wasn't one currently planned. I don't think anyone ever said "no way, no how".

That being said, I feel I have to get a couple other things off my chest...

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We are extremely lucky as fans to have Tommy as our webmaster. He is as big a fan as anyone, and he understands how crazed fans are for information. He tells us news as soon as he is able (only on the rare occasion before Laughing Wink ). Other fans should be so lucky as to have the type of information conduit we have in Tommy. To keep asking and asking the same questions over and over is rude, in my opinion. He's not holding out on us. He's not trying to lord things over us. He is one of us. Just something to keep in mind.
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