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Legendary Drummer SIMON PHILLIPS Discusses His Lengthy Musical Career: “I Didn’t Become JUDAS PRIEST’s Drummer Because I Was Already Committed to JACK BRUCE Band”

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If we were to discuss all the albums that Simon Phillips took part of, we could be busy for the rest of the year. Primarily known for his work with The Who and Toto, he started to play professionally at the age of twelve in his father’s dixieland band for four years, and went on to record albums with artists like Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker, Derek Sherinian, Tears for Fears and many more.

Simon also put together a band called Protocol, which on and off through the years has had multiple iterations, and released albums that are considered landmarks of the jazz fusion genre. He also gives clinics all year round, where he mixes stories of the many collaborations he had be part of with warm up exercises, tips on how to develop your own sound and how to play staples of his repertoire.

Fresh out of a tour in Japan with the new Protocol iteration, Simon took some time to talk to Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf for over an hour, and the two discussed his current plans, his work as a producer, and a good part of his recording history. If you want to find out why Simon never joined Judas Priest after playing on their album Sin After Sin, among other stories, check out the interview on the link below, and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.

Slideshow photographs by Boullard Musique

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