Saw The Stray Cats last night. I knew it was coming up but I didn't have a ticket. Got a last minute call from a friend with two tix, but he had just got back from overseas and was too wiped out to do the hour drive to teh venue. So I chauffered him and got a ticket for my trouble. Anyway, I've had a Setzer Hot Rod for a couple of years, but honestly haven't heard a note he played since Stray Cat Strut was originally on teh charts 20 odd years ago. He gets so much praise on this forum, I was happy to go on that reccomendation. Let's just say he did not disappoint !! It was interesting music. Rockabilly is clearly a narrowly defined style, and could easily get boring and repetitive, but Setzer's chops are so good, he just blew through song after song without repeating himself or getting in a rut. He played a really noice instrumental piece with a heavy jazz flavour that blew everyone away. I was impressed that he played the whole set on his orange 1959 without needing to tune at all. He brought out a spotty looking Gretsch for the first encore, which again, played teh set without a tuning halt. Second encore was a real treat for me. He stripped to his singlet, and walked out with a purple Hot Rod, the same as my namesake guitar, Violet, and ripped into Motorhead's "Ace of Spades". Funny to see I'm not the only one playing metal on a hollowbody Gretsch !!