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Interview:
Stray Cat Likes Doing His Own Thing
 

By GARY GRAFF

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Lee Rocker knows that anytime he plays live, fans will be asking for Stray Cats songs. And the bassist obliges; “I play a couple of the hits. I love ’em, and they’re fun to do,” he says.

But these days Rocker also is happy to have an even bigger body of his own material to draw from, including from his latest album, “Black Cat Bone.”

“One of the nice things about getting to this point is I’ve done more Lee Rocker records than Stray Cats records, and I’ve got a long-term band together,” notes the Long Island-born Rocker, 46, whose real name is Leon Drucker.

“I’ve got a big vault full of songs we can pull from, so it’s different each night. Hopefully everything that you do as a musician or as a creative person, you do a better job with it as time goes on. You’re always growing and learning.”

But, Rocker notes, you can always go home, too. He toured with the Stray Cats this summer and had, he says, “a great time.” But he adds that he “wouldn’t want it to monopolize too much time” as he continues to pursue his solo path.

“I’ve got so much other stuff I’m doing and so do the other guys,” says Rocker, who resides in Southern California with his wife of 19 years and their two teenage children. “I love doing the Cats, and if it came up for 2009 or 10, I’d want to do it. Right now, though, I want to do my own thing.”



Lee Rocker performs at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 4) at the Berkley Front, 3087 12 Mile Road, Berkley. Admission is $10. Call (248) 547-3331 or visit www.myspace.com/theberkleyfront.

Web Site: www.myspace.com/theberkleyfront

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