Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Brian Setzer + Imelda May @ Grand Rex, Paris June 28 2011

Brian Setzer + Slim Jim Phantom & Imelda May @ Grand Rex
Paris June 28 2011
Imelda May

Very busy week in Paris, almost 2 or 3 interesting shows on the same day, tonight we had to chose between Iron Maiden, Arcade Fire & Brian Setzer featuring Slim Jim Phantom plus support slot Imelday May.
We couldn't miss rock'n Roll guitar slinger Brian Setzer.
The Grand Rex is one of my favorite concert hall in Paris , it's cosy & beautiful.

New sensation from Ireland Imelday May is opening, retro & rockabilly, perfect support band for Brian Setzer.
Most of the audience has already left their seats when she's taking the stage for a cool rock set.
Nice voice & nice poses too.
Last time we saw Brain Setzer was with The Stray cats @ Zénith (click for review & Pics) on their farewell Tour.It ended up badly as they left the stage before the last song as someone threw a switchblade-...comb on stage and Brian didn't like it.

Brian Setzer rocking

For the first part of the show Brian is playing his songs with his band (bass & drums + acoustic guitar player on a couple of songs).

There's a Riot going on !

For the second part of the show, there's a different band playing featuring Slim Jim Phantom on drums & another bas player: most of the set is Stray Cats songs: all the hits & more
This time and unlike Ringo Starr's gig a couple of days ago there are NO dull parts, it's rocking from the first song to the last.
Brian solo songs are great (i'll get the setlist soon) and of course Stray Cats songs are classics.
Brain's guitar playing is still the same and as usual he's smiling for the whole set.
Even if you don't know all the songs you can't help clapping your hands or stomping your feet as all the songs are very groovy.

With Slim Jim Phantom

On your Feet or...

...On your Knees !

SETLIST: (Thanks to ISA)
2-'49 Mercury Blues
3-This Cat On The Hot Tin Roof
4-Drive Like Lightning
5-8 Track

Band + Mac Kendree
6-Slow Down/Prison Folson Blues
7-Put Your Cat Clothes On
8-Blue Moon Of Kentucky


10-Rumble In Brighton
11-Runaway Boys
13-Stray Cats Strut

Band + Mac Kendree
14-Red Hot
15-Blast Off
16-Hillbilly Jazz Meltdown/Fishnet Stockings

All Musicians
17-Encore 1: Rock This Town
18-Encore 2: 7 Nights To Rock

For the last part of the show both bands are joining in for some more Stray cats songs and covers including "Rock this Town" here on video.
One of the best gig for 2011 so far.
Goodbye Paris, France.
Brian & Slim Jim together again.

Rock this Town: