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The Stray Cats Are Back with New Album and Tour

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The Stray Cats : Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom. Credit: By Russ Harrington.

The Stray Cats, the rock and roll trio that put Rockabilly back on the charts in the early ’80s, have returned. Founding members Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Phantom, whose hits include “Runaway Boys”, “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut”, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a new album and tour this year.

Titled 40, the release marks their first new album in 26 years. The album is due out May 24th but you can get the first track, “”Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” when you pre-order the album on Amazon or iTunes now. The song is also available on Spotify and Apple Music.

“This new album really feels like the first record we did,” said Lee Rocker in a statement. “It’s really natural and comfortable. For the recording, we went live–like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”

Watch the band and album producer Peter Collins in the studio discussing the making of the album in the video below.

An exclusive indie-store colored vinyl edition of the album including a double-sided 24×12 poster will be available May 24th. An exclusive 12″ picture disc with three songs, “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me), “When Nothing’s Going Right” and “Rock It Off”, will be available for Record Store Day on April 13th.

The Stray Cats begin their select U.S. dates on August 3 on the heels of June and July overseas shows. Tickets for the shows are on sale now.

Stray Cats Discuss Their New Album 4O

Stray Cats – 40 – Track Listing

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
Mean Pickin’ Mama
I’ll Be Looking Out For You
Devil Train

Stray Cats 2019 Tour Dates

6/21 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
6/23 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – Birmingham O2Academy
6/25 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester O2 Apollo
6/26 – London, United Kingdom – London Eventim Apollo
6/27 – London, United Kingdom – London Eventim Apollo
6/29 – Tilloloy, France – Retro C Trop
7/1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – 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
8/14 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center*
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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