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Brian Setzer cancels holiday tour, including Friday's Minneapolis show, due to tinnitus

Photo by Dan Harr/ Invision AP

Photo by Dan Harr/ Invision AP

Veteran rocker Brian Setzer has been forced to cancel his 16th annual Christmas Rocks Tour – including his show Friday at the State Theatre in Minneapolis – due to a severe case of tinnitus.

“It’s heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over 15 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.”

Based in the Twin Cities for more than 15 years, the New York-reared guitarist/singer, 60, has traditionally kicked off his holiday trek with Brian Setzer Orchestra in Minneapolis. He had scheduled 20 concerts this year, ending Dec. 21 in Los Angeles.

Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears. It has afflicted many musicians, especially guitar players, including Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Bob Mould, as well as such singers as Bono and Barbra Streisand.

Setzer last performed in the Twin Cities area in August at Treasure Island Casino with his reunited 1980s hitmaking trio, Stray Cats.

Refunds for the Minneapolis concert are available at the place of purchase.

Beck surprises fans with 'Paisley Park Sessions' EP recorded in Chanhassen

Beck clearly was on the Blouses team when he stopped into Paisley Park to record his new EP.

Beck was clearly on Team Blouses when he stopped into Paisley Park to record his new EP.

We’ve told you about all the musicians and other celebs who've stopped into Paisley Park while on tour in recent years, but here’s a new one: Beck dropped into Prince’s Chanhassen compound with his band and actually set up shop there in Studio A, churning out a fun new three-track EP that dropped today as a surprise release.

“He’s a big influence for me, he’s an inspiration,” the real-life Beck Hansen says in a promotional video for the “The Paisley Park Sessions,” which is available only through Amazon music services. “His musicality, but also playfulness, and the way he performed was really something that I connected with.

In addition to funked-up versions of Beck's own songs “Where It’s At” and “Up All Night,” the EP features a medley of Prince tunes called “The Paisley Experience.” It starts with “Raspberry Beret” – which he regularly played in live gigs over the past two years – plus “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss” and “1999.” A video of the entire sessions will be released Nov. 18.

While clearly intended as a mostly-just-for-fun venture – Beck has a real new album coming Nov. 22, “Hyperspace” – the EP could have serious results for Paisley Park, advertising it as a prospective recording studio to other big-name stars as Prince’s estate takes over management of the complex. This is the first big-name recording project to come out of Paisley since its founder's death. 

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