The Brian Setzer 15th Ann. Christmas Rocks! Tour

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece ORCHESTRA have announced the details for their 15th anniversary “Christmas Rocks! Tour,” presented for the fourth consecutive year by SiriusXM. Hitting 25 cities, the annual holiday extravaganza will launch November 16 at the State Theatre in SETZER‘s adopted hometown of Minneapolis and wrap December 22 in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater (full itinerary below). Supporting the tour will be Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. The public on sale date is Friday, July 20 at 10am local time, with the following presales:
 
  • Fan Club Presale: Tuesday, July 17th at 10am local time through Thursday, July 19th at 10pm local time. Be the first to get tickets by signing up for Brian’s fan club here.
 
  • SiriusXM Presale: Tuesday, July 17th at 10am local time through Thursday, July 19th at 10pm local time
 
  • Local Presale: Wednesday, July 18th at 10am local time through Thursday, July 19th at 10pm local time

 

Q&A WITH BRIAN SETZER:
 
Congratulations on the 15th anniversary of the Christmas Rocks! Tour (on the heels of last year’s BSO 25th anniversary). It’s one of the longest running and biggest holiday tours. Why do you feel it is so successful?
 
Brian: “I realized when I started playing shows around Southern California, people wanted a rock-n-roll based holiday show.  Being that Christmas music, in general, is more orchestral, a three or four-piece rock-n-roll band wouldn’t cut it.  This is where my Big Band fit in perfectly. The mixture of my take on rock-n-roll and my new Big Band arrangements seemed to work magic on the audiences.”
 
What is the challenge of keeping it fresh, particularly for your fans who return year after year?
 
Brian: “Part of the reason people keep coming back year after year is that they know they will get a new show. They can expect new outfits, new props, and new arrangements of practically any song in any genre.  The Christmas Rocks Tour has become such a tradition for people and their families that they come every year. Classic Christmas songs are very well written gems. It’s a real challenge to deconstruct some of these and make them my own. I can tell you it’s never boring playing them!”
 
Looking back, when did you realize the tour had real legs as an annual tour that could just keep on going?
 
Brian: “Once I realized the tour could make money taking 37 people, four coaches, two semi rigs, a full crew and two dogs on the road, I knew I was on to something!”
 
Sometimes it feels the world is so increasingly bleak, and then comes the return of the Christmas Rocks! tour which makes everything feel, if only for one night, like maybe we’re all gonna be OK. How does it feel to provide such joy for those two hours onstage?
 
Brian: “People tell me all the time what joy I bring them over the holidays.  I don’t take this for granted. People don’t say something like that unless they mean it. When we get a standing ovation at the end of the Christmas show, it means something just a little extra.” 
Catch BSO’s 15th Anniversary “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:
 
Date
City/State
Venue
Friday
11/16
Minneapolis, MN
State Theatre
Saturday
11/17
Milwaukee, WI
Riverside Theater
Sunday
11/18
Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre
Tuesday
11/20
Cincinnati, OH
Taft Theatre
Wednesday
11/21
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
Friday
11/23
Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Saturday
11/24
Philadelphia, PA
Academy of Music
Sunday
11/25
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre
Tuesday
11/27
Westbury, NY
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Wednesday
11/28
Englewood, NJ
Bergen PAC
Friday
11/30
Washington, DC
The Anthem
Saturday
12/1
Charlotte, NC
Ovens Auditorium
Sunday
12/2
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Wednesday
12/5
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Friday
12/7
Orlando, FL
Hard Rock Live
Saturday
12/8
Birmingham, AL
BJCC Concert Hall
Monday
12/10
Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Wednesday
12/12
Houston, TX
Jones Hall
Thursday
12/13
Midland, TX
Wagner NoëlPerforming Arts Center
Saturday
12/15
Phoenix, AZ
Celebrity Theatre
Monday
12/17
Denver, CO
Paramount Theatre
Tuesday
12/18
Salt Lake City, UT
Eccles Theater
Thursday
12/20
Modesto, CA
Gallo Center for the Arts
Friday
12/21
Indio, CA
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Saturday
12/22
Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Theater
Visit www.briansetzer.com for more information and to purchase tickets

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