Notorious rockabilly drummer Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats, Head Cat, Dead Men Walking) returns to Australia once again. With the release of his new book “A STRAY CAT STRUT’S” Phantom will be performing Rockabilly classics along with hits of the Stray Cats. Phantom has played along side with some of the worlds greatest artists including Brian Setzer, Lemmy, Glen Matlock, Earl Slick, Carl Perkins, and many many more. They’re heading to Australia in May 2017 with the Phantom Trio to headline the Blues On Broadbeach Festival along with a string of side shows.
Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide; with a sound, style and image that remains as fresh today as it ever was, Phantom has cemented his place among rock royalty. Considered by many as the coolest drummer in rock n roll, Phantom’s influence is still clearly felt on today’s music scene with countless rockabilly drummers imitating his pioneering stand-up style.
Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock n roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock n roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from the bygone era and mixed with their youthful energy and aggression Produced the updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the US, gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way.
By the late 70s Jim was playing in bands with school friend and bassist Lee Rocker and they soon joined forces with guitarist Brian Setzer. The rest as they say is history. During downtime from the Stray Cats Jim has worked with some of the world’s top artists and has played a part in many successful groups; notably “Phantom, Rocker and Slick” featuring guitarist Earl Slick which produced two popular albums, “The Swing Cats” featuring guitar ace Danny B Harvey and “Dead Men Walking” an all-star affair which boasted original members of The Sex Pistols, The Cult and Big Country among the line-up. Jim also enjoyed a stint playing with The Killer, rock n roll originator, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Slim Jim Phantom Tour Dates
May 12 – Waves (Towradgi Beach Hotel) – Wollongong NSW
May 13 – Lizotte’s – Newcastle NSW
May 14 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney NSW
May 15 – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick – Melbourne VIC
May 18 – Satellite Lounge – Melbourne VIC
May 19 – Tewantin R.S.L. – Noosa QLD
May 20 & 21- Blues on Broadbeach Festival – Gold Coast QLD