Brian Setzer's Christmas concert gives fans plenty to celebrate

Brian Setzer knows how to defy the odds. In a career that spans more than three decades, he’s done it twice.

The first time came in the early 1980s, when Setzer found success fronting classic rock ‘n’ roll-influenced trio Stray Cats at the height of the new wave era. A dozen years later, the Long Island, N.Y.-native formed the Brian Setzer Orchestra, combining his love of swing and rockabilly music and gained popularity while nu-metal ruled the airwaves.

Setzer recalled BSO’s beginnings Saturday night at a sold-out Microsoft Theater during his annual Christmas Rocks! tour. “People said we were crazy. Then we had a song on the radio.”

The event drew a variety of fans sporting everything from holiday-inspired attire (ugly Christmas sweaters, elf hats, lighted bulbs) to clothes with a greaser or pin-up-girl theme. Many families had their photos taken with a…

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