Basic Background Info

Birth: February 6, 1957
Location: London, England
Band: Toto
Genres: Rock, Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Producer


Londoner Simon Philips was born in 1957. His father was bandleader Sid Phillips, and Simon saw his first drum when his father hired a new drummer for his band. Simon Philips immediately began to pound away on biscuit tins, toy drums, a random snare, and an errant cymbal.

Although his father wasn't thrilled with Simon becoming a drummer, he allowed Simon Philips to sit in with his band during a BBC recording session when he was six years old. During that recording session, something changed, and Simon's father encouraged Simon's drumming passion from there on. Simon Philips' mother purchased a true drum kit, and Simon began practicing.

After two years of serious practice, eight-year-old Simon Philips began to sit in with his father's band at dances. Four years of occasional performances later, Simon Philips left boarding school, enrolled at Bushey Meads Comprehensive School, and joined the band full-time. Simon Philips played with his father's band for four years, recorded three albums, and toured extensively throughout Great Britain. After his father unexpectedly died of a heart attack in 1973, Simon Philips decided to split up the band.

Simon Philips began playing some casual gigs before performing in both Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He played the shows at night and recorded in sessions during the day.

Simon Philips eventually left the productions to create the rock band Chopyn with Anne Odelle (keyboards), Ray Russell (guitar), Klyde McMullin (bass), and Denny McCaffrey (vocals). Chopyn recorded one album (Grand Slam) and then Simon Philips embarked on his first trip out of England. Simon Philips toured in the U.S. with Dana Gillespie before returning to England to tour with Chopyn. Simon performed three shows and recorded 801 Live with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno in 1976. Simon Philips went on to join the Jack Bruce Band for two years. Simon Philips toured Japan with Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, and Tony Hymas.

In 1981, Simon Philips joined a much younger crowd when he toured Europe with Toyah Wilcox and her punk band. The following year, Simon played with Al DiMeola before teaming up with Mike Oldfield. Simon produced and engineered three albums with Oldfield--his first foray into production. After that, Simon Philips focused much more of his energy on producing (and his hobby, motor racing) until Peter Townshend (The Who) asked Simon to join his Deep End big band. Simon Philips also played with Jeff Beck again later in the 1980s. In 1988, Simon wrote his first solo album, Protocol.

In 1992, Toto invited Simon Philips to join their world tour after Jeff Porcaro's unexpected death. Simon has toured around the world with Toto ever since, although Simon still pursues other projects. In 1997, Simon took a hiatus from Toto to tour with his very own band. While on another break from touring with Toto, Simon collaborated with Derek Sherinian and, later on, with the progressive band Planet X.





Album Year Album Name Album Band
1974 Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle Dana Gillespie
1974 Sneaking Sally through the Alley Robert Palmer
1974 Odessa File Soundtrack (film)
1975 Speedy Return Steve Ashley
1975 Test of Time Big Jim Sullivan Band
1975 Grand Slam Chopyn
1975 Say It Ain't So Murray Head
1975 Hair of the Dog Nazareth
1976 801 Live 801
1976 Smoovin Martyn Ford
1976 Visionary Gordon Giltrap
1976 Cactus Chair Dave Greenslade
1976 My Spanish Album Albert Hammond
1976 801 Live Phil Manzanera
1976 I You Brian Protheroe
1976 Live at the Olympia Veronique Sanson
1976 Lines Walker Brothers
1977 The Dancer Gary Boyle
1977 How's Tricks Jack Bruce
1977 Skin Deep Peter Doyle
1977 Dancing Disco France Gall
1977 Perilous Journey Gotdon Giltrap
1977 Sin After Sin Judas Priest
1977 Listen Now Phil Manzanera
1977 Metro Metro
1977 Ready OR Not Ray Russel
1977 The Bible Soundtrack (film)
1977 Edwin Starr Edwin Starr
1977 World Starts Tonight Bonnie Tyler
1977 Whitesnake Whitesnake
1978 Electric Glide Gary Boyle
1978 Wild Places Duncan Browne
1978 Shoulder to Shoulder Chanter Sisters
1978 Northwinds David Coverdale
1978 Fear of the Dark Gordon Giltrap
1978 Elements Roger Glover
1978 K Scope Phil Manzanera
1978 Back On the Streets Gary Moore
1978 Puttin' It On You Olympic Runners
1978 Looking Over My Shoulder Chris Rainbow
1978 Evita [London cast recording] Various Artists
1978 Beware of the Dog Yellow Dog
1979 I don't depend on you The Human League
1979 Late Nights in Soho Colin Bluntstone
1979 Streets of Fire Duncan Browne
1979 Per-Spek-Tiv Louis Clark
1979 Fate For Breakfast Art Garfunkel
1979 And About Time Too Bernie Marsden
1979 Photographic Smile Mr. Big
1979 White Trails Chris Rainbow
1979 Touch Me there Shankar
1979 Flee Jeremy Spencer
1979 Welcome To the Cruise Judie Tzuke
1979 Illusions Winds of Change
1980 Song of Seven Jon Anderson
1980 There and Back Jeff Beck
1980 Beausejour Michael Berger
1980 Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand Stanley Clarke
1980 Tout pour la musique France Gall
1980 Visa Duncan Mackay
1980 Look At Me Now Bernie Marsden
1980 Flesh and Blood Roxy Music
1980 Small Creeps Day Mike Rutherford
1980 Michael Schenker Group Michael Schenker
1980 the Passion Adrian Snell
1980 Empty Glass Pete Townshend
1981 Beaurivage Michael Berger
1981 The Friday Rock Show Sessions Bernie Marsden
1981 Picasso Portraits Juan Martin
1981 Digital Cowboy Our Daughter's Wedding
1981 Ph.D. Ph.D.
1981 Wolf Trevor Rabin
1981 Four More From Toyah (EP) Toyah
1981 Stay With Me Till Dawn Judie Tzuke
1982 Animation Jon Anderson
1982 The Single Factor Camel
1982 Before I Forget Jon Lord
1982 10 Out of 10 10cc
1982 Chinese Eyes Pete Townshend
1982 Changeling Toyah
1982 The Secret Policeman's Concert Various Artists
1982 Secret Policeman's Other Ball: the Music Various Artists
1982 Warrior Rock - Live Wilcox, Toyah
1983 Luxury Gap Heaven 17
1983 Discovery [And the Lake] Mike Oldfield
1983 Moonlight Shadow Mike Oldfield
1983 Crises Mike Oldfield
1983 Is It Safe? Ph.D.
1983 Windows in the Jungle 10cc
1984 Russ Ballard Russ Ballard
1984 Look In Look Out Chiliwack
1984 John Parr John Parr
1984 Killing Fields Soundtrack (film)
1985 Can You Come Azra
1985 Flash Jeff Beck
1985 Division One Far Corporation
1985 Complete Mike Oldfield Mike Oldsfield
1985 White City Pete Townshend
1986 Trouble in Paradise Anri
1986 Nothing Azra
1986 Radio Musicola Nik Kershaw
1986 Get Close Pretenders
1986 Deep End Live Pete Townshend
1987 Primitive Cool Jagger, Mick
1987 Guitarissimo (1975-1982) Phil Manzanera
1987 Islands Mike Oldfield
1987 45 Minuten Peter Ritchter
1988 Belle Epoque Cretu and thiers
1988 From Far East to Down Under Mick Jagger
1988 Madness Madness
1988 Protocol Simon Phillips
1989 After the War Gary Moore
1989 Flying In a Blue Dream Joe Satriani
1989 I Believe Joe Satriani
1989 Seeds of Love Tears for Fears
1989 Iron Man Pete Townshend
1990 Take Me To the Sun Gil Evans with RMS
1990 Shaking the Tree - 16 Golden Greats Peter Gabriel
1990 Naked thunder Ian Gillan
1990 Under One Banner Billy Nicholls
1990 Bist du auch noch wach Peter Richter
1990 A Table Near the Band Ray Russel
1990 Join Together The Who
1991 Beckology Jeff Beck
1991 Bel Assis Mo Foster
1991 Guitar Legends Guitar Legends
1991 Heaven's Open Mike Oldfield
1991 Centennial Park RMS
1991 Pure Midge Ure
1992 Aqua Asia
1992 Force Majeure Simon Phillips
1992 The Extremist Joe Satriani
1992 Essential Michael Schenker Michael Schenker
1993 Buffalo Skinners Big Country
1993 Echoes: the Retrospective Camel
1993 Metal Works '73-'93 Judas Priest
1993 X Forza E X Amore Gianna Nannini
1993 Time Machine Joe Satriani
1993 Absolutely Live Toto
1993 If I was: the Very Best Of Midge Ure Midge Ure
1994 Shaken Not Stirred David Benoit
1994 Cities of the Heart Jack Bruce
1994 Celebration: Music of the Who (Live) Roger Daltrey
1994 Dali's Car Brian Eno
1994 Solitude Far corporation
1994 Volume 1 Jenesaisquoi
1994 Alles im Griff! Gerd Koster
1994 Candyman Los Lobotomys
1994 Candyman Steve Lukather
1994 Herzlich Willkommen Jule Neigel
1994 Best of Mike Oldfield Mike Oldfield
1994 Burning for Buddy Various Artists
1994 Guitar's Practicing Musicians Vol.III Various Artists
1994 Voice Mail John Wetton
1995 Forgiven, Not Forgotten Corrs
1995 Talk To Me Mark Jefferis
1995 Manzanera Collection Phil Manzanera
1995 Paradiso van Slag Paradiso van Slag
1995 Symbiosis Simon Phillips
1995 the Beautiful Guitar Joe Satriani
1995 Jenesaisquoi, Vol. 1 Rolf Schimmerman
1995 Boys On the Side Soundtrack (film)
1995 Lion King - Rhythm Of the Pride Lands Soundtrack (film)
1995 Tambu Toto
1995 Battle Lines John Wetton
1995 Playtime Michael Zentner
1996 Songs of West Side Story Various Artists
1996 Tribute: Songs Of Andrae Crouch Various Artists
1997 Sitting On Top Of the World Jack Bruce
1997 Tribute To Jeff David Garfield & Friends
1997 Flesh and Bone Richard Marx
1997 Another Lifetime Simon Phillips
1997 Burning for Buddy Vol. 2 Various Artists
1997 Balko - die Musik zur Serie Various Artists
1997 Arkangel John Wetton
1998 XX Toto
1998 Guitar Zone Various Artists
1998 Merry Axemas Vol. 2 More guitar for Christmas Various Artists
1999 Stratosphere Jimmy Earl
1999 Retro-Spec(t) Larry Klimas
1999 Out Of the Blue Simon Phillips
1999 The Spoken And the Unspoken Andy Timmons
1999 Mindfields Toto
1999 Livefields Toto
1999 Humanary Stew (Tribute to Alice Cooper) Various Artists
1999 Encores, Legends & Paradox (A Tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer) Various Artists
2000 Vantage Point Simon Phillips & Jeff Babko
2001 Aura Asia
2001 Right Now Mari Iijima
2001 Inertia Derek Sherinian
2002 Armada Asia
2002 La fille au sax Michael Berger
2002 Through the looking Glass Toto
2002 MoonBabies Planet X
2002 Live from Oz Planet X
2002 Greatest Hits... And More Toto
2003 Voodoo Crossing: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Various Artists
2003 The Hurting/Seeds of Love/Songs from the Big Chair Tears for Fears
2003 The Essential Toto Toto
2003 The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology Joe Satriani
2003 Santamental Steve Lukather
2003 Nature's Serenade Melvin Lewis
2003 Lover Land Jeff Pryor
2003 Love Songs Toto
2003 Jet Set Jewel Jack Bruce
2003 Black Utopia Derek Sherinian
2003 25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam Toto
2004 Yoshida Brothers II Yoshida Brothers
2004 Retro-Spec(t) Larry Klimas
2004 Mythology Derek Sherinian
2004 Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan Ian Gillan
2004 Moonlighting: The Anthology Roger Daltrey
2004 Metalogy Judas Priest
2004 Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1983 RMS
2004 Greatest Hits Unplugged Toto
2004 Giving Back David Garfield
2004 Gems Mari Iijima
2004 Evidemment Integrale France Gall
2005 Tommy and Quadrophenia Live (DVD) The Who
2005 The Jack Bruce Collector's Edition Jack Bruce
2005 Rosanna: The Very Best of Toto Toto
2005 Pastrami Standards The Trio of Stridence
2005 Mayhem Toyah
2005 Live at the Venue 1982 RMS
2005 Empty Time Simon Phillips
2005 Archives Vol. 4 Steve Vai
2005 Anthology Chilliwack
2005 You've Got to Laugh Nik Kershaw
2006 Super Colossal Joe Satriani
2006 Revolution Road Rocket Scientists
2006 Resonator Tony Levin
2006 Prime Cuts Robert Berry
2006 Prime Cuts Jordan Rudess
2006 Pirate Radio Pretenders
2006 Off the Shelf Keith Emerson
2006 Goodbye Svengali Ray Russell
2006 Gold  Roger Daltrey
2006 Friends with Priveleges Bernard Fowler
2006 Falling In Between Toto
2006 Everything Under the Sun The Walker Brothers
2006 Blood of the Snake Derek Sherinian
2007 The Very Best of Mick Jagger Mick Jagger
2007 Signatur Paul Krebs
2007 Roundtrip Kirk Whalum
2007 Quantum Planet X
2007 Pirates of the Carribean At World's End (Movie Soundtrack) Hans Zimmer
2007 Pia Come la Canro lo Gianna Nannini
2007 Falling in Between Live Toto
2007 Discount Store Dan Byrk
2007 Complete Simon Phillips
2008 The Music 1972-2008 Phil Manzanera
2008 Spirit: Live at the BBC 1971-78 Jack Bruce
2008 Ph.D Ph.D
2008 Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's Berger, Michael
2008 Original Album Classics Joe Satriani
2008 Original Album Classics Judas Priest
2008 In the Midst of Beauty Michael Schenker
2008 Falling in Between Live (DVD) Toto
2008 El Becko: A Jeff Beck Salute El Becko
2008 Can You Follow Jack Bruce
2008 Aqua Jeff Richman
2009 Revenge The Rollercoaster Project
2009 Philip Saisse Philip Saisse
2009 Mike Oldfield: The Collection Mike Oldfield
2009 Live PSP
2009 Good Day Peter White
2009 All It Takes Rick Braun
2010 The Essential Joe Satriani Joe Satriani
2010 The 30th Anniversary Concert: Live in Tokyo Michael Schenker
2010 The Music of Judas Priest Judas Priest
2010 Rocks, Pebbles and Sand/Let Me Know You Stanley Clarke
2010 Rainbow's End: An Anthology (1973-85) Camel
2010 Greatest Hits Live The Who
2010 6 String Theory Lee Ritenour
2011 Voice Hiromi
2011 The Chosen Few Judas Priest
2011 Temple of Rock Michael Schenker
2011 Oceana Derek Sherinian
2011 Beyond the Shrouded Horizon Steve Hackett
2011 21 Spices Trilok Gurtu
2012 The Complete Studio Recordings Roxy Music
2012 The Complete Albums Collection Judas Priest
2012 The Chrysalis Year 1980-84 Michael Schenker
2012 Move Hiromi
2012 Grand Ukelele Jake Shimabukuro
2012 City Groove Nils
2013 Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley/Pressure Drop Robert Palmer
2013 Live in Tokyo Mike Portnoy
2014 The Complete Studio Recordings Joe Satriani
2014 The Box Set Series Judas Priest
2014 Alive Hiromi
2014 35th Anniversary Tour: Live in Poland Toto


  • Simon occasionally performs locally (Southern California) with Jeff Richman, Mitch Forman, Abe Laboriel, and Brandon Fields.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Tama
Percussion: Latin Percussion, RhythmTech
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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