Simon Phillips is one of the most versatile and respected drummers today. He is an expert in English jazz fusion and rock. Simon’s first success came at the age of six, when his father let him record his two rehearsed songs during BBC recording sessions.
In 1974, Phillips was offered a chance to play in a musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar”. His superb performance made him one of the most sought after drummers and he went on to do sessions with various bands and artists. His biggest break came in 1976 when he performed with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno on the hit 801 Live record. He soon got assignments with several celebrated artists such Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Toto, Jeff Beck, Jordan Rudess, Brian, Toyah, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Trevor Rabin, Gary Moore, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Ph.D., Jeff Beck, Stanley Clark, Judas Pries, Mike Rutherford, John Wetton, Asia, to name but a few.
By 1979, Simon had toured outside Britain to U.S.A. and recorded “Rocks, Pebbles and Sand” with Stanley’s band. In 1989, he went toured America for The Who’s American Reunion Tour. He also played with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend when they made their solo records. Phillips also played with Judas Priest when the band recorded for their 1977 album, Sin After Sin.
Phillips, along with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and other notable artists appeared in the A.R.M.S. concert video of the 1983. The proceeds from this production were to benefit the late singer, songwriter and bassist Ronnie Lane.
Phillips joined Toto In 1992, to replace Jeff Porcaro who had died suddenly. Phillips had a good bonding with group. His artistic playing style and innovative ways of composing made him a band leader in a band which included experienced musicians like guitarist Ray Russells and bassist Anthony Jackson.
In 2004, Simon traveled many European countries like Italy, Germany among others playing and conducting drum workshops. Young drummers and music fans came from different countries to learn more about techniques and tuning of drums.
Phillips is still busy today as he has always been, doing sessions, side projects and production work with various bands and artists. In 2006, he released a DVD with his jazz band, Vantage Point. The name of the DVD is Resolution, which he has co-produced with writer and pianist Jeff Babko, trumpeter Walt Fowler, saxophonist Brandon Fields and bassist Alphonso Johnson.