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Stray Cats' Lee Rocker 

The legendary upright bassist discusses his 40-year music career, touring  and his latest release, The Low Road 

By the LifeMinute Team 

July 25, 2018 

Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats  ("Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut,” "(She's) Sexy + 17”.)  Grammy-nominated, they sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold and platinum-certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, in Long Island, NY, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts. 

The son of a musical family, his Dad a principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic and his Mom a music professor, Rocker was destined to be a musician. At 16 years old he got himself an upright bass and the rest is history. History that also includes performing with his influences such as Carl Perkins, Levon Helm, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others, several solo albums and his most recent, a CD/DVD/Vinyl release called The Low Road which was recorded at Daryl's House (Daryl Hall’s (Hall and Oates) music venue/recording studio in Pawling, NY.) 

Currently on tour with both The Stray Cats, and his namesake band, we caught up with Rocker during the latter, at Centenary Stage Theatre in Hackettstown, NJ to hear all about it. 

Check out upcoming Stray Cats and Lee Rocker performances at leerocker.com/shows.

FIRST NORTH AMERICAN PERFORMANCE IN 10 YEARS AT UPCOMING  “VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND" 

STRAY CATS BRIAN SETZER, LEE ROCKER & SLIM JIM PHANTOM REUNITE FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN PERFORMANCE IN 10 YEARS AT UPCOMING “VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND”  APRIL 21, 2018 

Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom–original founding members of the acclaimed American Rockabilly trio, the STRAY CATS–will reunite for their first North American performance in 10 years on Saturday, April 21 in Las Vegas at The Orleans when they headline “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.” The iconic group, known for their high-energy performances with hits such as“Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “Rock This Town,” are honored to share the stage with such musical legends as Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy. 

“There’s something magic about a Stray Cats show, Viva Las Vegas is the perfect event to experience that. C’mon down and Rock This Town!”  –Brian Setzer 

“Just a string bass, a guitar and a drum, Stray Cats are back to show em how it’s done. 39 years after our first gigs, we’re back!  Can’t wait to Rock again with my brothers Brian and Slim.” –Lee Rocker 

“Happy and thrilled to be hitting the stage with the Cats at Viva Las Vegas. We’re The Rockabilly Kings back to reclaim our throne!” –Slim Jim 

Beginning April 19, “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend” will showcase over 100 live bands across four days, eight burlesque shows, a massive car show (all cars built before 1964), vintage fashion show, a pin-up contest and jiving lessons and jiving contest. On hand will be over 120 vendors, pool parties, bands, music all night,  DJ’s & record hops plus much more. For tickets and more information, visit: www.vivalasvegas.net

Tour Dates

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Date Event Location
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Hutchinson Fox Theatre, Hutchinson, KS Hutchinson Fox Theatre, Hutchinson, KS
Stray Cat Lee Rocker McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Gracie Theatre, Bangor, Maine Gracie Theatre, Bangor, Maine
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Sheldon Theater, Red Wing, MN Sheldon Theater, Red Wing, MN
Stray Cat Lee Rocker NIACC Performing Arts, Mason City, IA NIACC Performing Arts, Mason City, IA
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Private Event Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Private Event Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV
Stray Cat Lee Rocker The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Private Event, Orlando, FL Private Event, Orlando, FL
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Private Event, Indianapolis, IN Private Event, Indianapolis, IN
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Private Event, Indianapolis, IN Private Event, Indianapolis, IN
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Woodstock Fair, South Woodstock, CT Woodstock Fair, South Woodstock, CT
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Strand Center For The Arts, Plattsburgh, NY Strand Center For The Arts, Plattsburgh, NY
Stray Cats Reunion Pacific Amphetheater, Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphetheater, Costa Mesa, CA
Stray Cats Reunion Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Spencer Theater, Alto, New Mexico Spencer Theater, Alto, New Mexico
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Four Corners Rod Run & Open Car Show, Farmington, NM Four Corners Rod Run & Open Car Show, Farmington, NM
Stray Cat Lee Rocker Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Arundel, ME Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Arundel, ME