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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

Date Event Location
Aiken Community Theatre at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts Aiken Community Theatre at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken, SC Aiken Community Theatre at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken, SC
Aiken Community Theatre at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts Aiken Community Theatre at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken, SC Aiken Community Theatre at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken, SC
Mac Gray Auditorium Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville, NC Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville, NC
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA Kutztown, PA
UA - Pulaski Technical College UA - Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, AR UA - Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, AR
Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster, CA Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster, CA
 —  — Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas Nacogdoches, Texas
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
Dosey Doe Big Barn Dosey Doe Big Barn, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Dosey Doe Big Barn, The Woodlands, TX 77380
High Point Theatre High Point Theatre, High Point, NC High Point Theatre, High Point, NC
Buford Community Center, Town Park & Theatre Buford Community Center, Town Park & Theatre, Buford, GA Buford Community Center, Town Park & Theatre, Buford, GA
Higley Center Performing Arts Higley Center Performing Arts, Gilbert, AZ Higley Center Performing Arts, Gilbert, AZ
Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Rancho Cucamonga, CA Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
First Ontario Performing Arts Center First Ontario Performing Arts Center, St. Catherines, Ontario First Ontario Performing Arts Center, St. Catherines, Ontario
The Grand Theater The Grand Theater, Kingston, ON CANADA The Grand Theater, Kingston, ON CANADA
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, ON CANADA Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, ON CANADA
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus, Georgia RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus, Georgia
Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Akron, OH 44325 Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Akron, OH 44325
Fairfield Community Arts Center Fairfield Community Arts Center , Fairfield, Ohio Fairfield Community Arts Center , Fairfield, Ohio
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts , Illinois 61701 Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts , Illinois 61701