Is it Safe to assume tha Brian Setzer is done touring.

stiv

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More than Dylan, if old Pete Townshend still tours (and I guess he’s a tinnitus authority, unfortunately) than probably Setzer would do it as well.
I know it’s a matter or time and recovery (Townshend didn’t play for years because of tinnitus as well, and for long time he only played acoustics) but I guess it’s just adapting to some “new” sound.
Townshend doesn’t plays his Vibro Kings at 10 like he used to do with his Hiwatts but he managed to have a good sound (very different, still effective) through some pedals and stuff. Maybe Setzer will end up doing the same. Maybe he could join the Nocturne Family and be happy… 😉

“Brian, listen to me. The tone is in the fingers… “😉😀
 

ruger9

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I'm assumed it was a combination of the tinnitus and the lockdown... lockdown is over, I hope he is getting his tinnitus better.

But yes- as the years pass, I'm growing more concerned we won't be able to see him live again :(

In the meantime, I'd love to hear a JAZZ album from him... maybe even solo guitar, or a small trio/quartet. I'd LOVE to have an album of this:



 

6120mantis

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I'm assumed it was a combination of the tinnitus and the lockdown... lockdown is over, I hope he is getting his tinnitus better.

But yes- as the years pass, I'm growing more concerned we won't be able to see him live again :(

In the meantime, I'd love to hear a JAZZ album from him... maybe even solo guitar, or a small trio/quartet. I'd LOVE to have an album of this:




More like the first BSO album, that was pretty Jazzy, a stripped down similar album would be great, I was fortunate enough to see rockabilly riot the bso and the cats 40th reunion.
I would love to see him again.
I know he's up there in age and the tinnitus thing. I hope he's doing well.
 

loudnlousy

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I had the privilege to watch the BSO in the nineties over here in Hamburg. It was a magic concert at an iconic location: "Die große Freiheit" on the Reeperbahn.
It must have cost him a fortune to tour with such a big ensemble.
 

Highroller

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I got to see the big band four times - 2 of them Christmas shows - and yeah, from what I understand, it's insanely expensive to mount those tours. As he's getting older, probably making less money from album sales, so touring would still be a good source of income, but it won't surprise me if he's done with the big band.

But that leaves the question ... how many times can you do the rockabilly thing before that becomes old hat? How many Stray Cat reunions can you do before people stop buying tickets?

I dunno, he's such a stellar player. I'd love to see him do a small combo jazz thing. Setzer plays Wes - something like that. Do the whole tour in small clubs at low volume. Multiple nights in each city. Intimate setting.

Or do what Les Paul did. Take up a residency at someplace like the Iridium. For 15 years!

I'd totally buy tickets for that!
 

YourBlueRoom

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Jan 25, 2017
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I'm assumed it was a combination of the tinnitus and the lockdown... lockdown is over, I hope he is getting his tinnitus better.

But yes- as the years pass, I'm growing more concerned we won't be able to see him live again :(

In the meantime, I'd love to hear a JAZZ album from him... maybe even solo guitar, or a small trio/quartet. I'd LOVE to have an album of this:




Amen. I love these old videos of Brian. His playing and singing is tasteful and inspiring. I personally love his tone in these videos too.
 

Back in Black

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It's going on some years now that Setzer hasn't toured, I know he did a small show in Minnesota in October, but no Orcgestra, no Riot, and No Cats...
I wonder.
51M,

Rockers with walkers...where there is life there is hope.

And the fact that these days, wealth comes from Touring for seven figures, no longer from record sales.

Stones, Who, Genesis, AC/DC, ZZ Top, to name a few, are still out pounding the pavement when the mood behooves them.

Pete Townsend has been suffering with tinnitus for years.

Malcolm Young, Dusty Hill, Charlie Watts, had not yet found comfort in their caskets, they were quickly replaced, and their bands were out on the road.

A lot of these ''old acts'' are also finally coming to the realization that in some cases, the fan base that they knew and loved have either gone off to their own caskets, or have found other interests...like being wheeled through the park in their wheelchairs to feed the pigeons.

Personally, I wouldn't be interested in going to see what remains of any of the bands I have mentioned...

Now, where's that bag of pigeon seed...

Best,

BIB
 
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Synchro

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Jun 2, 2008
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I'm assumed it was a combination of the tinnitus and the lockdown... lockdown is over, I hope he is getting his tinnitus better.

But yes- as the years pass, I'm growing more concerned we won't be able to see him live again :(

In the meantime, I'd love to hear a JAZZ album from him... maybe even solo guitar, or a small trio/quartet. I'd LOVE to have an album of this:




He did a wonderful job on A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square. Absolutely the most impressive thing I’ve ever heard him perform. He has a fantastic voice.
I got to see the big band four times - 2 of them Christmas shows - and yeah, from what I understand, it's insanely expensive to mount those tours. As he's getting older, probably making less money from album sales, so touring would still be a good source of income, but it won't surprise me if he's done with the big band.

But that leaves the question ... how many times can you do the rockabilly thing before that becomes old hat? How many Stray Cat reunions can you do before people stop buying tickets?

I dunno, he's such a stellar player. I'd love to see him do a small combo jazz thing. Setzer plays Wes - something like that. Do the whole tour in small clubs at low volume. Multiple nights in each city. Intimate setting.

Or do what Les Paul did. Take up a residency at someplace like the Iridium. For 15 years!

I'd totally buy tickets for that!
I’d buy tickets for that too, but I’m not holding my breath. There aren’t that many small Jazz clubs, and many of the ones that exist are unimpressive.

A few years ago, someone I know played a solo gig that paid $1,500 for one night, was trying to convince me that I should go back to playing for a living. I did the math, and even for a solo gig, $1,500 isn’t really all that much money, by the time you factor travel and lodging. So if you were going to tour with a trio, at least one support person would be a necessity. If you were carrying a double bass and a drum set, at an absolute minimum you would fill a large van, and probably a cargo trailer. Flying with a double bass sounds like the definition of a living nightmare.

Ok, so is everyone having fun yet? I don’t mean to be facetious, but if you think through the logistics of a trio touring small venues, it gets pretty grim, and if you confine the venues to Jazz clubs, it would be pretty challenging to so much as break even. Go to larger venues and you won’t be able to play Jazz, and attract an adequate audience.
 


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