For the second year of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's massive US Festival in 1983, his ambition "to throw a big party in the middle of nowhere" exceeded all expectations. Spending over 10 million dollars of his own money, Wozniak put together a dream line-up of the biggest names in music, with the three-day fest broken up into "New Wave Day," "Rock Day" and "Heavy Metal Day" in a giant field in San Bernardino, California.
Stray Cats were one of the main headliners on "New Wave Day," performing alongside the Clash, Men at Work, Divinyls, Wall of Voodoo and INXS, amongst others. Combining '50s rock and fashion influences with a punk rock ethos, Stray Cats inspired an entire rockabilly cultural movement with a series of hits including "Stray Cat Strut," "(She's) Sexy and 17," and "Rock This Town." Taking their cues from rock forefathers Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, and Gene Vincent, Stray Cats would later inspire a whole new generation of rockabilly cats from Reverend Horton Heat to Tiger Army.
Premiering exclusively today on PureVolume is a completely restored and remastered clip of Stray Cats' closing number from their infamous US Festival performance — watch a shirtless Brian Setzer and co. turn the 200,000-plus crowd into a total frenzy with their pinnacle hit "Rock This Town" above. This clip is from the upcoming Icon and Unuson-produced, Glenn Aveni-directed US Festival 1983: Days 1-3, due out December 3 via MVD. T
he DVD also features performances from U2, the English Beat, Judas Priest, Missing Persons, the Clash and more. It is also available to rent or download on iTunes.
Look for more exclusives from US Festival 1983: Days 1-3
on PureVolume, SPIN
and Brooklyn Vegan
before it's official release next week. Watch the Clash tear through "Should I Stay or Should I Go" on SPIN. Watch Judas Priest perform "Breaking the Law" on BrooklynVegan
and "You've Got Another Thing Coming" on Invisible Oranges.