You know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the annual Christmas shows come to town. There’s the “Nutcracker” of course. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has come and gone with their assault on the senses. Alice Cooper has dished out his Christmas Pudding. And now, in its 10th year, Brian Setzer brings his “Christmas Rocks” tour back to Phoenix. On Tuesday night, December 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix will be jumping as Setzer and his orchestra bring in Christmas with a swing and rockabilly twist.
Setzer first garnered worldwide attention as a member of the 1980’s trio The Stray Cats. Their rockabilly sound produced three top ten hits in the United States, “Stray Cat Strut,” “Rock This Town” and “(She’s) Sexy + 17.” Although the Stray Cats’ stay at the top was brief, the guitar playing Setzer had become instantly recognizable.
In 1990, Setzer brought another forgotten musical genre, swing, back into the mainstream when he formed the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Their version of Louis Prima’s “Jump, Jive and Wail,” earned Setzer a Grammy award as 1998’s Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocal.
Setzer, along with his band, won two more Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, one for 1998 ‘s “Sleep Walk,” and another for “Caravan” in 2000.
In 2002, Setzer and his orchestra released their first Christmas album, “Boogie Woogie Christmas.” As the title suggests, it’s traditional Christmas music done with a big band swing flair.
To give you an idea of how much of a true Christmas party atmosphere the “Christmas Rocks” show is expected to bring, the first three rows of seating in the Celebrity Theatre have been removed so that those seated in rows 4 and 5 will have a dance area.
Opening the show for the Brian Setzer Orchestra is the Australian rockabilly trio, Firebird. The band consists of Pete Belair on guitar, Chris Nomad on bass and Damian Singh on drums. Nomad was a bass player on Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot Tour.
Although going quickly, tickets for the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s performance at the Celebrity Theatre still remain. Tickets prices are $60.00 and $75.00 plus applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased at the Celebrity Theatre box office, by phone at (602) 267-1600, ext. 1 or online at celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com. Information can also be obtained through Danny Zelisko Presents website. The Celebrity Theatre is located just south of the 202 freeway, at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix.