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Andy

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Hi Drummerworld

I found this clip of Veronique Sanson live at The Olympia (Paris, France) from 1976, it feature the presentation of the musicians... and here you go, a 19 years old Simon Phillips on drums... he looks so young ...and the kit, my God, the kit... :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bh7fz30dcE#t=338
Wow! How the hell did you find that Henri? The kit is something else. A pyramid of mounted Ludwig toms! Ah well, it was that time ;)

Have to say, I listened to the whole track. Vocals are - erm - an acquired taste. Over playing percussionist needs shooting on the spot. Even Simon dropping the odd "one fill too many". Ah well, I'm the same age as Simon, & if I think back to my playing at that time, there's no way I could grace that stage.

Priceless Henri :)
 

sween1911

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I've had a Simon question for YEARS. It's pretty obscure, but if anybody can shed any light on it, feel free...

Simon played in the concert with Roger Daltry in the mid-90's, the "Music of the Who" special with Michael Kamen and the Juilliard Orchestera. They played it on PBS I think a whole bunch of times. He was playing the classic Simon monster kit, dual China cymbals over his head, the whole deal. It's one of the first videos of drumming I've ever seen that made me REALLY want to be a drummer. During the song "Who Are You", when there's a breakdown in the song and people are singing, he gets up and removes one of his toms. Unscrews it from the rack and passes it behind him. Of the four ride toms in front of him, I think it was second from the right. Then the song kicks back on and he finishes it without it. Always tried to figure out why he did that! It was the last song of the show.

I can only assume he broke the head and passed it to his tech to replace, but he didn't get it back. Why do that and disrupt the song and distract the people around you? Just leave the head and let your tech fix it between songs. Simon was/is no stranger to performing, there had to be a REALLY good reason he did that and I can't figure it out. It could be that the video that was shown on TV was edited and that really wasn't the last song, so the tech had time to fix it and there were other tunes to play after that. But still why do that in the middle of a song. Maybe I misremembered it, but it always stuck out at me.
 
For any Simon Phillips fan's out there, I've posted some pictures from two separate shows recently, one from a late Dec/2017 performance @ NYC Club Iridium, and the other being an early Feb/2018 show @ Havana Restaurant & Bar, New Hope, PA. Both events were in promotion of Simon's latest works titled Protocol 4, and feat. for live performances guitarist Greg Howe, Bassist Ernest Tibbs, and Otmaro Ruiz on keys.

https://longtrailahead.blogspot.com/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html#!/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
For any Simon Phillips fan's out there, I've posted some pictures from two separate shows recently, one from a late Dec/2017 performance @ NYC Club Iridium, and the other being an early Feb/2018 show @ Havana Restaurant & Bar, New Hope, PA. Both events were in promotion of Simon's latest works titled Protocol 4, and feat. for live performances guitarist Greg Howe, Bassist Ernest Tibbs, and Otmaro Ruiz on keys.

https://longtrailahead.blogspot.com/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html#!/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html
Thanks for the post.

I wish Tama still made those tom-mount microphone brackets.

 
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