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Brian Setzer

King of Swing

* 10.04.1959 Massapequa Long Island, New York


At sixteen, after years of jazz guitar lessons, Brian Setzer was doing a solo gig as the Rockabilly Rebel, which eventually expanded to incorporate other musicians. In 1979 the lineup solidified: Setzer, by now a bonafide guitar virtuoso with a blond coiffure, was joined by drummer Slim Jim Phantom and bass fiddle player Lee Rocker, a classically trained cellist. For a brief period Setzer played concurrently to the Stray Cats in a new wave band called the Bloodless Pharaoahs.
  • one of the ten greatest guitar players in the world
  • his preferences: guitars, Hot Rod Cars and Rock'n'Roll
  • tattoowed all over his body
  • 1. band: Bloodless Pharaos
    • Kenn Kinally (VOC, Synthesizer)
    • Brian Setzer (Lead Guitar)
    • Gary Setzer (Drums)
    • Bob Beecher (Bass)

  • 1979 Tomcats
    • Brian Setzer (VOC, Lead Guitar)
    • Gary Setzer (Drums)
    • Bob Beecher (Bass)

  • 1979 Stray Cats
  • Rockabilly Revival

  • 1987 Brian Setzer played Eddie Cochran in a concert sequence in the movie 'La Bamba', the story of Richie Valens.

  • 1988 release of the solo album 'Live Nude Guitars'. Some tracks of this album were produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

  • 1992 Setzer foundet the BSO — The Brian Setzer Orchestra, a rocking seventeen-piece big band, was formed in 1992. Setzer prances the stage wearing skintight leather pants, an open-at-the-neck tuxedo shirt with ruffles edged in black and a metallic blue jacket. He croons and growls, plays boogie lines, comps in a jazz style and lets loose virtuosic solos in front of a rhythm section and thirteen horn players in Hawaiian shirts.

  • 1998 the album “The Dirty Boogie” was sold several million times and has got 2 Grammie awards

  • November 2000
    Brian Setzer created together with the DaimlerChrysler Advanced Product Design Center the PT Cruiser Vavoom.

  • 2001 ´68 Comeback Special
    • Brian Setzer
    • Bernie Dresel
    • Mark W.Winchester
    Album 'Ignition' - Setzer is going back to the rockabilly routes and started a big European Tour

  • Oktober 2003 Brian Setzer Trio
    • Brian Setzer
    • Bernie Dresel
    • Johnny 'Spazz' Hatton
    1st album 'Nitro Burnin' Fanny Daddy'

Brian Setzer has made a career of going against the grain. A pop pioneer who has defied the naysayers, rolled he dice and hit it big every time. For twenty years, Brian Setzer has followed his heart up to the charts. He is one of the world's most dynamic guitarists and has literally redefined the sound of rockabilly.


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