Simon Phillips

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi again guys

Here's the 2 links for today's post.


"New Blues" by Joe Satriani from the album The Extremist (1992), the one minute bridge starting at 02:10 is something...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEMc9FLfgLw

"Little Drummer Boy" from the album We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (2008), being so near to christmas, I thought that this groove from Simon would be quite the perfect little "present" for you my DrummerFriends...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFmQKN7IE1g&feature=channel_video_title

Enjoy!
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello DrummerFriends

Today's post is related to the collaboration of Simon with rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who), Mr Phillips has played on and off with Townshend for over 30 years now, and he recorded 4 solo albums with the legendary guitarist: Emtpy Glass (1980), All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982), White City (1985) and The Iron Man (1989).

Simon played live with Pete on many occasions, with Pete Townshend's Deep End (1986), with The Who (1989) and Pete Townshend live in NYC (1993).

Here's a few links highlighting some of Simon's work with Pete Townshend.

"Won't Get Fooled Again" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH31IE7p1ZE&feature=related

"A Little Is Enough" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBRG-KI_UWk&feature=related (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Give Blood" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=j63o1gaGgH0 (originaly on the album White City)

"Communication" from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F

"Let My Love Open The Door" from live in NYC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Dig" from the album The Iron Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As-SmW0E0cc&feature=related

Enjoy!
Wow, those Townsend gigs were a big band setup. Of course, Simon nailed it. I especially like his little 16th kick syncopation in the verse groove on "won't get fooled again". A standard rock vibe groove we all use, but it's so perfectly placed in that number.
 
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

I fully agree! I now call Mr. Phillips - The Dancing Man on drums...

Simon's certainly one of the most amazing drummer today, his recent collaboration with the Hiromi jazz trio project just show how musical, skilled and tasteful Simon is these days...
 
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Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

You know something brother, in my humble opinion that is Simon's greatest quote and key to success in present drumming...Simon is The One in nowadays!
Simon's certainly one of the most amazing drummer today, his recent collaboration with the Hiromi jazz trio project just show how musical, skilled and tasteful Simon is these days...
 
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

You know something brother, in my humble opinion that is Simon's greatest quote and key to success in present drumming...Simon is The One in nowadays!

Hey Ian, glad you liked it.

I was especially impressed with this one:

2. It was all spontaneous - no plans!!

He's so incredibly musical, a drummer's drummer...
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello DrummerFriends

Today's post is related to the collaboration of Simon with rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who), Mr Phillips has played on and off with Townshend for over 30 years now, and he recorded 4 solo albums with the legendary guitarist: Emtpy Glass (1980), All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982), White City (1985) and The Iron Man (1989).

Simon played live with Pete on many occasions, with Pete Townshend's Deep End (1986), with The Who (1989) and Pete Townshend live in NYC (1993).

Here's a few links highlighting some of Simon's work with Pete Townshend.

"Won't Get Fooled Again" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH31IE7p1ZE&feature=related

"A Little Is Enough" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBRG-KI_UWk&feature=related (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Give Blood" with Deep End http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=j63o1gaGgH0 (originaly on the album White City)

"Communication" from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F

"Let My Love Open The Door" from live in NYC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgwdyBdqwQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL51920BC6D59EC56F (originaly on the album Empty Glass)

"Dig" from the album The Iron Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As-SmW0E0cc&feature=related

Enjoy!
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello again

Yes Andy, Superboogie, Superphillips, Superguitars....

Well, for once, we're not gonna just listen to Simon playing wonderfull drumming pieces, we are going to listen to the man himself.

Just a little insight of the world of Simon Phillips during the Falling In Between tour with Toto.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pyTyaTvy9U

The Hoshino (Tama/Ibanez) 90th anniversary concert in 1997 with Andy Timmons and Simon Phillips, fusion rock! ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_FRI6ekHBw&feature=related

Enjoy!
Wonderful! I've viewed that interview before, & still take much from it. The remarkable thing for me is the sense of relaxation underpinned by incredible accuracy. When Simon's demoing the Africa groove, every little part is so precisely stitched together, it goes beyond concentration, & is transported into that unique space, instinct. Just listen to how accurately he controls the opening of the hats. I know of no other player who works with such joy within complexity.
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hey Ian, glad you liked it.

I was especially impressed with this one:

2. It was all spontaneous - no plans!!

He's so incredibly musical, a drummer's drummer...
 
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi MAD, brother!

I really appreciate you brought this one up! In fact a very interesting interview.

The questions asked were good but the answers were natural, plain and down-to-earth by Simon...The man has a real vision! I highlighted the ones that caught my attention.

Hi Ian

You remember putting this link?

I found this on Simon's Website yesterday, I thought you'll be interested... it's from the misc question pages...

Question:
Hi Simon, I recently watched back the video tape called "The Making of Burning For Buddy". And you performed a song call Dancing men. Your performance on that song is really amazing. I have some questions on the song and hope you can still remember it.
1. You're wearing the headphones, was it use to monitor the whole band or use it for click track monitoring.
2. You played a vamp solo during the middle of the song, after 2/3 of your solo, you had a unison with the bass player, was the unison comes spontaneously or it was already written on the chart?
3. Before the cut, how many times you'd spend to rehearse with the band
4. Was it one take for the song or you'd tried few times?
Best regards,
Stiv Yau (Hong Kong)
Simon:
Ha ha - that's going to take some remembering!
1. Well - the headphones were to hear everyone in the studio - there was no click track.
2. It was all spontaneous - no plans!!
3. I think we ran it down a couple of times before taking it.
4. I believe it was done in one take - in other words no drop ins. Probably take 2 or 3.
It was so much fun playing with that band - I wished I had had more time to prepare for it though.


Wow!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Simon Phillips - Dancing Men / Buddy Rich Burning For Buddy.

Check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlnS-ViVte0&feature=related
Hi Ian

You remember putting this link?

I found this on Simon's Website yesterday, I thought you'll be interested... it's from the misc question pages...

Question:
Hi Simon, I recently watched back the video tape called "The Making of Burning For Buddy". And you performed a song call Dancing men. Your performance on that song is really amazing. I have some questions on the song and hope you can still remember it.
1. You're wearing the headphones, was it use to monitor the whole band or use it for click track monitoring.
2. You played a vamp solo during the middle of the song, after 2/3 of your solo, you had a unison with the bass player, was the unison comes spontaneously or it was already written on the chart?
3. Before the cut, how many times you'd spend to rehearse with the band
4. Was it one take for the song or you'd tried few times?
Best regards,
Stiv Yau (Hong Kong)
Simon:
Ha ha - that's going to take some remembering!
1. Well - the headphones were to hear everyone in the studio - there was no click track.
2. It was all spontaneous - no plans!!
3. I think we ran it down a couple of times before taking it.
4. I believe it was done in one take - in other words no drop ins. Probably take 2 or 3.
It was so much fun playing with that band - I wished I had had more time to prepare for it though.


Wow!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hello again

Yes Andy, Superboogie, Superphillips, Superguitars....

Well, for once, we're not gonna just listen to Simon playing wonderfull drumming pieces, we are going to listen to the man himself.

Just a little insight of the world of Simon Phillips during the Falling In Between tour with Toto.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pyTyaTvy9U

The Hoshino (Tama/Ibanez) 90th anniversary concert in 1997 with Andy Timmons and Simon Phillips, fusion rock! ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_FRI6ekHBw&feature=related

Enjoy!
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi chaps

Today's posts is a couple of track funk/rock/fusion by Simon on Rocks, Pebbles and Sand, the album by Stanley Clarke (1980)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrHRXYIJKSM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoHkVlPUzzU&feature=related (the end of this song is something...)

Enjoy!
Yes, Simon sure opens the taps at the end of that number. I'd completely forgotten about Rocks, pebbles & sand. Great album.

Here's a classic piece of Simon playing. Yes, he's into his trademark boogie, but this is pretty much a jam situation, & displays Simons listening skills superbly. Hear how he immediately tunes into the vibe of each players solo spot on the fly. A few egos on that stage too, so not an easy task politically :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEaTWe0h0u8
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Can't help notice that Simon's kit has remained virtually unchanged for 30 years. That's got to be unusual for a guy with a big set.
Since I've been following Simon's work for the last 30 years or so, I've never seen any other configurations than the one we know. I know he had an "hybrid" kit with ludwig bass drums and Staccato toms and that he played some Ludwig setups in the mid 70's, but I never found pictures of these kits. Simon also added a third floor tom to his kit last year or the year before, but except that it's always been pretty much the same. It's a good thing for those who want to have copycat drum setup of Simon, they don't have to change it and buy moore drums, ha ha
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY2QVAcmWew&feature=related

9 songs live from Toyah's Warrior Tour in 1982, it's the following tour from the album "The Changeling" (1982) featuring Simon Phillips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvVO1I76KGQ (warning: it's over 43 minutes)

Enjoy!
Good story about the early gig arrival.

Man, were that German Toyah audience on Mogadon? Can't help notice that Simon's kit has remained virtually unchanged for 30 years. That's got to be unusual for a guy with a big set.
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Hi Simon's Fans

Today's posts are live clips from the past...

"Sunshine Of Your Love" by the Jack Bruce Trio, live in Polland in 1992. Simon's partnership with Jack Bruce goes back to 1977 with the album "How's Trick". I saw this trio live in London in '92, the advert for the gig said "doors open 7:30 pm", so I was there at that time, and the hall was empty, about 3 people!!!, I was able to choose my spot in front of the stage and contemplating Simon's drums for one and a alf hour, ha ha ...No opening act! But I had a GOOD view of the man...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY2QVAcmWew&feature=related

9 songs live from Toyah's Warrior Tour in 1982, it's the following tour from the album "The Changeling" (1982) featuring Simon Phillips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvVO1I76KGQ (warning: it's over 43 minutes)

Enjoy!
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

Simon had to fill the shoes of an irreplacable drummer, the most crazy of all drummers, Keith Moon, and while not copying Moonie (which is a good thing) he did a great job with the Who world tour in 1989.
Absolutely. Kenny Jones had a hard act to follow too. I met Kenny a few weeks ago. Really nice guy :)
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent

keep it simple

Platinum Member
Re: Simon Phillips B-Sides - The Rarities

"Gift Of Faith" by Toto from the album Tambu (1995) First Toto studio album with Simon as legitimate new drummer replacement for the so much missed Jeff Porcaro, this is the first track of the album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QMX5t4La2c&feature=related
Ah, now this one I do know, & know well. One of my favourite rock groove tracks, from one of my favourite albums. Yes, we all miss Jeff, but oh boy, did Simon stamp his mark on Toto with this album!
 
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