The STRAY CATS Release First New Album In 26 Years This Friday

Article Contributed by MSO | Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The STRAY CATS will release 40--their first new album in 26 years--this Friday, May 24 on the heels of three singles they've recently issued from the album: "Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)," "Rock It Off" and "Cry Danger," the latter of which was premiered this past Friday at Guitar World

Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019 with 40 and a tour that's hitting the U.S. and Europe (*see tour dates below). The album is being released by Surfdog Records and distributed by BMG (CD, vinyl, digital), with an exclusive indie-store edition of the album--colored vinyl, with a double-sided 24x12 poster--arriving on May 24. "Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)," "Rock It Off" and "Cry Danger" are available now as instant grat tracks with a pre-order of the album.

The all revved up and red-hot STRAY CATS recorded 40 at Blackbird Studios in Nashville in late 2018 following their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows in Las Vegas and the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA before wildly enthusiastic audiences. Still buzzing from the thrill of playing together again and the crowd response, they went into the studio with producer Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). There are a dozen original songs that comprise the album. Read the first press release about the album here, which includes quotes from the band and the track listing. Watch the band and album producer Peter Collins in the studio discussing the making of the album here.

The STRAY CATS begin their select U.S. dates presented by SiriusXM on August 3 on the heels of June and July overseas shows. Tickets for the shows are on sale now.

DAY

DATE

CITY/STATE

VENUE 

Friday

6/21

Vitoria, Spain

Azkena Rock Festival 

Sunday

6/23

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham O2 Academy

Tuesday

6/25

Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester O2 Apollo 

Wednesday

6/26

London, United Kingdom

London Eventim Apollo

Thursday

6/27

London, United Kingdom

London Eventim Apollo

Saturday

6/29

Tilloloy, France

Retro C Trop

Monday

7/1

Amsterdam, Netherlands

AFAS Live

Wednesday

7/3

Berlin, Germany

Columbiahalle

Thursday

7/4

Cologne, Germany

Palladium

Saturday

7/6

Tours, France

American Tours Festival

Sunday

7/7

Belfort, France

Les Eurockeennes

Tuesday

7/9

Stuttgart, Germany

Killesberg

Thursday

7/11

Munich, Germany

Zenith

Saturday

7/13

Aix-Les-Bains, France

Musilac Festival

Thursday

7/18

Pori, Finland

Pori Jazz Festival

Saturday

7/20

Falun, Sweden

Summer Jamboree-Falun

Saturday

8/3

Atlantic City, NJ

Ocean Resort Casino-Ovation Hall

Tuesday

8/6

New York, NY

Pier 17 at South Street Seaport

Tuesday

8/13

Vienna, VA 

Wolf Trap

Wednesday

8/14

Huber Heights, OH 

Rose Music Center

Thursday

8/15

Grand Rapids, MI

Meijer Garden

Sunday

8/18

Welch, MN 

Treasure Island Casino

Monday

8/26

Salt Lake City, UT

Red Butte Garden

Wednesday

8/28

Los Angeles, CA

Greek Theatre

Saturday

8/31

San Diego, CA

Humphrey's

Sunday

9/1

San Diego, CA

Humphrey's

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