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EXCLUSIVE: Stray Cats Brian Setzer Collapses During Show; Fan Says: "He Looked Very Shaken-Up"

Dec. 15 2009, Published 1:21 p.m. ET

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Grammy award winner Brian Setzer is recovering in the hospital Tuesday after he collapsed during a live show, has confirmed.

The former Stray Cats front man was performing with his Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Isleta Casino Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he fell ill about 20 minutes into the show.

Eyewitness Mike Anderson exclusively told “He started his set at around 8pm and did three songs before he fell ill about twenty minutes in.

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“Suddenly, he turned to his right and fell to his hands and knees before laying his guitar down on the stage and walking shakily away towards the right.

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“We could see people at the side of the stage help him to the nearby stairway and he looked very shaken-up.

“His band played another song before taking a ten minute break and an announcer then came on stage to tell the audience that Brian couldn’t continue and the show was cancelled.

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“The place was packed and everybody was upset but he looked to be genuinely ill, so, we hope he will be okay because he puts a lot of effort into his performances.”

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Setzer, 50, who is from Massapequa, Long Island in New York, is a popular performer and gained notoriety through his band the Stray Cats.

Since 2000, Setzer has earned 3 Grammy Awards: Best Pop Performance Duo/Group for Jump Jive An' Wail, and two Best Pop Instrumental Performance awards for Sleepwalk and Caravan.

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In December 2006, he received his 7th Grammy nomination for his version of My Favorite Things, again in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category.

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Setzer recently moved from Southern California to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Julie Reiten, former singer with the Dustbunnies, whom he originally met when she auditioned (and was hired) as a back-up singer for the Brian Setzer Orchestra in 2000.

They were married in Palm Springs, California in 2005.

His Brian Setzer Orchestra is currently doing a Christmas tour across America.

They are due to play at the Dodge Theatre on Phoenix, Arizona tonight (December 15).



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