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LI's Stray Cats to mark 40th anniversary with first new album in 25 years

Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats performs in

Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats performs in Fremantle, Australia, in 2009. Credit: Getty Images/Paul Kane

The Stray Cats plan to celebrate their 40th anniversary in style in 2019, with a tour and their first album of new material in 25 years.

Massapequa natives singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, drummer Slim Jim Phantom and bassist Lee Rocker announced Tuesday that they are heading into a Nashville, Tennessee, studio with producer Peter Collins, best known for his work with Bon Jovi and Elton John.

"Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this rockabilly music,” Setzer said in a statement. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”

Surfdog Records will release the album, though no date has been set. The Stray Cats, who have all been working on their own individual projects for years, played their first American show in 10 years in April at the Viva Las Vegas festival, which sparked even more collaboration.

“We have an album's worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always,” Phantom said in a statement. “In other words . . . A Stray Cats album.”

The “Rock This Town” trio plans to announce its full 2019 tour shortly.

“I'm so excited to be in the studio with my brothers,” Rocker said in a statement. “I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we're ready to rock.”

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