Stray Cats' Slim Jim Phantom

 Saturday, August 25, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm  
Hoover Auditorium

Buy One-Day Pass & Parking

Slim Jim Phantom, originally James McDonnell, has secured his place as a true rock & roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, Slim Jim will bring his neo-rockabilly sound of 1980s to Hoover Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

With a love for 1950s rock & roll, the Stray Cats took inspiration from that bygone era and mixed it with their youthful energy to produce the updated, hard-edged sound that helped them conquer Europe and later the U.S.

Born in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, Slim Jim grew up listening to his parents’ jazz records, and by the age of 10, took up the drums. Immersing himself in the art of drumming and the world of music, he took lessons with Mousie Alexander, which included the study of jazz.

By the late 1970s, Slim Jim was playing in bands with his school friend, Lee Rocker, and they soon joined forces with Brian Stetzer. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Stray Cats had numerous hit singles in the early 1980s. Their classic album Built for Speed went double platinum and their song “Rock this Town” is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s list of “Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll.”

In 2008, Slim Jim and the Stray Cats reunited for an extensive tour of Europe. In 2009, the band headed to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 18 years.

In addition to establishing the Stray Cats, Slim Jim has worked with some of the world’s top artists and has played a part in many successful groups, most notably Phantom Rocker and Slick, which featured long-time guitarist for David Bowie, Earl Slick.

Slim Jim also enjoyed a sting playing with The Killer and Jerry Lee Lewis, and even performed in a now-mythological band called The Cheap Dates.

He has worked on numerous other projects, including his own explosive self-named roots/rock trio; HeadCat with Lemmy Kilmister and Danny B. Harvey; The Forgotten Saints with friends and former Dead Men Walking bandmates.

Slim Jim is also deeply committed to charitable work. He climbed both Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro for the Love Hope Strength Foundation, an organization that benefits cancer research.

More than 30 years and millions of record sales later, Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide. With a sound, style and image that remain as fresh today as they ever were, he has cemented his place among rock royalty.


Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

October 2018
S M T W T F S
·
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
·
·
·