Simon Phillips, a former drummer of Toto, played to an enthusiastic audience of drum aficionados in Udine, Italy.
A two-hour drumming extravaganza by
one of the world’s best, Simon Phillips.
Phillips began to play professionally at the age of twelve in his
father's band for four years. He was then offered the chance to play in the
musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He quickly became a sought-after session
player and in 1992 he released two instructional videos displaying some of his
Phillips has performed and recorded
with an incredible array of musicians, including Jeff Beck, Pete
Townshend, Cream’s Jack Bruce, Brian
Eno, Mr. “Tubular Bells”, Mike Oldfield, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton,
Joe Satriani and also Whitesnake.
Philipps was also part of The Who’s 1989 American reunion tour and
appeared on solo recordings by both Roger Daltrey and Townshend.
In 1992, Simon filled in for Toto’s
drummer Jeff Porcaro after he had died during rehearsals for an upcoming tour. Toto’s Steve Lukather stated that he would
only go on tour shortly after Porcaro died if Toto could get Simon to play the
tour, so he was the first and only drummer that the band contacted to replace
Porcaro. After the 1992/93 tour Simon was asked to join Toto as a permanent
Simon was joined on stage in Udine by
three fine musicians: Andy Timmons, Steve Weingart and Ernst Tibbs. The band played tunes to the follow-up of the
25 year-old “Protocol” album, “Protocol II”.
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