Thanks Andy, I'm glad you're enjoying the thread...Really loving this stuff coming out of the woodwork! Again, some fantastic Simon playing examples. The two versions of the Big Country track were an eye opener. I'm especially liking the John Wetton track, just wonderful.
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!"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.
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.Here's one for you. No doubting who's playing on this recording, despite the lack of credits:
The Who, Dallas, 1989: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaJuUGdovSU&feature=related
Absolutely. Kenny Jones had a hard act to follow too. I met Kenny a few weeks ago. Really nice guySimon 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.
Good story about the early gig arrival.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)
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 haCan'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.
Yes, Simon sure opens the taps at the end of that number. I'd completely forgotten about Rocks, pebbles & sand. Great album.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=XoHkVlPUzzU&feature=related (the end of this song is something...)
Hi IanSimon Phillips - Dancing Men / Buddy Rich Burning For Buddy.
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...
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?
Stiv Yau (Hong Kong)
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.
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.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.
The Hoshino (Tama/Ibanez) 90th anniversary concert in 1997 with Andy Timmons and Simon Phillips, fusion rock! ...