After 25 years without releasing a new record, Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phanton decided to go in the studio again to record an album commemorating the band’s 40th anniversary, which will also feature a tour.
The band that returned to the stage earlier this year to the delight of their fans had their latest album, the iconic Original Cool, released in 1993 and since then only a live DVD was released in 2004.
In 2019, the band plans to join forces with producer Peter Collins, who has worked with Setzer, making the trio return to the stage with unreleased material. Phantom says the style will continue the same, but with a more current style.
Read what he said:
“Our new songs have the classic rockabilly style, but always keeping the current and fresh footprint, as always. In other words, it’s a Stray Cats album.”
Known for the hits “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town,” the Stray Cats first split in 1984 and since then their meetings have taken place sporadically. Their most important return was between the years 1986 and 1993 when the trio released five studio albums.
In addition to participating in fellow concerts, the band has remained active as Setzer has followed with his project The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Slim Jim was part of The Head Cat with Lemmy from Motörhead and Rocker used to spend his time in the studio and often accompanied by friends like Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and Willie Nelson.
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