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
1987 Brian Setzer played Eddie Cochran in a concert
sequence in the movie 'La Bamba', the story of Richie
1988 release of the solo album 'Live Nude
Guitars'. Some tracks of this album were produced by Dave
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
Brian Setzer created together with the DaimlerChrysler Advanced Product
Design Center the PT Cruiser Vavoom.
2001´68 Comeback Special
Album 'Ignition' - Setzer is going back to the rockabilly
routes and started a big European Tour
Oktober 2003Brian Setzer Trio
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.