Brian Setzer Cancels Holiday Tour, Citing 'Severe' Tinnitus

Read his emotional statement
Brian Setzer Orchestra performing at Christmastime.
Brian Setzer Orchestra Photo credit © Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Brian Setzer embraces the holiday spirit like few other artists, but unfortunately this Christmas will be a little blue for the 60-year-old.

The Stray Cats singer and his orchestra have been forced to cancel their annual tour because he has a severe case of tinnitus. The condition is associated with ringing or buzzing in the ears, which can be a result of repeated exposure to loud music over time.

"It's heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over fifteen years," Setzer said in a statement. "I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all of the amazing people who make my tour happen and to my unbelievably loyal and devoted fans. I hate to let you down and I hope you'll understand."

The Brian Setzer Orchestra has released three Christmas albums since 2002, all with their trademark rockabilly meets big band sound. 2005’s Dig That Crazy Christmas was just released on vinyl for the first time, while "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" from 2002's Boogie Woogie Christmas remains a fan favorite.

Setzer first made a name for himself as the singer of the Stray Cats – best remembered for “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town.”

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