Brian Setzer Cancels Tour: Doctor’s Orders

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Photo of Brian Setzer, by Tony Nelson; used with permission

Brian Setzer has been forced to cancel his 16th annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour due to doctor’s orders. The guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award-winner has a severe case of tinnitus.

The over 20 U.S. city holiday extravaganza with the 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra was said to be his best-selling Christmas tour to date and was set to start this week, running from Nov. 15 in Minneapolis, Minn., through Dec. 21 in Los Angeles. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

From the Nov. 11 announcement, Setzer, who turned 60 on April 10, said he deeply regrets this inconvenience to his fans and thanks them in advance for their love and support.

“It’s heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over fifteen years,” said Setzer. “I’m truly sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all of the amazing people who make my tour happen and to my unbelievably loyal and devoted fans. I hate to let you down and I hope you’ll understand.”

The cancellation of BSO’s 16th annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour affects all 26 performances.

Earlier this year, the Stray Cats—Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom—the original founding members of the American band—recorded the album, their first in 25 years. The reunion included a tour.

Watch them perform live in the studio

Related: Our Album Rewind of the Stray Cats’ debut LP

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