THE STRAY CATS, the band that put Rockabilly music back on the record charts in the early ’80s, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a new tour and album. The new album, titled 40, marks their first new music in 26 years and is set for release on May 24 via Surfdog Records (CD, vinyl, digital). The 40th Anniversary Tour will make a stop in Huber Heights, OH at Rose Music Center on Wednesday, August 14th.
The Stray Cats scored several big hits on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to a striking visual 1950’s style brought “up to date” with exaggerated pompadours and colorful tattoos and as well as genuine musical chops that evoked the best players of rockabilly’s original heyday.
Formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979, the trio shared a love for Rockabilly music. After banging around New York for a few months, in the summer of 1980, and seeing a pompadoured kid on the cover of UK magazine NME, they hopped a plane to London where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge.
Their massive hits and videos include “Runaway Boys,” “Rock This Town,” “Stray Cat Strut” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “I Won’t Stand in Your Way.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning at 11:00am on Friday, March 8TH at Ticketmaster.com, RoseMusicCenter.com or charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. All events rain or shine.