In the second half of the 2000s, he became the very first YouTube guitarist. Several years later he replaced Richie Sambora in the famous stadium rock band Bon Jovi. By then he already worked with names such as Chris Cornell, Avril Lavigne, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Orianthi, Rob Zombie or Alice Cooper. Together with his band The Drills, renowned American guitarist and singer Phil X is currently releasing his new EP “Stupid Good Lookings, Vol. 1” across Europe. The record is set to be introduced by the music video for “No Woman Of Mine”, featuring footage from the studio recording sessions.
The Atrium Studio in California, Phil X & The Drills, bass player Daniel Spree and Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., together with guest star Dug Pinnick from King’s X.
Those are the settings of the current music video for No Woman Of Mine by musician, composer and renowned Bon Jovi solo guitarist Phil X. Although the song takes inspiration from the best of classic rock sound, it retains a current and contemporary feel – making Phil X & The Drills the favourite act of many US music critics.
“We are honoured to introduce the music of Phil X & The Drills to European audiences. Local rock fans will surely be amazed by his consistent wave of new music, showing off his & the band’s immense talent.” says Ladislav Vajdička from BrainZone International management & label.
Phil X developed his musical spurs as a respected session musician, working with artists such as Tommy Lee, Alice Cooper, Orianthi or Chris Cornell. Ten years ago, he gained world-wide popularity amongst the guitar community as one of the very first guitar influencers, reviewing historic & vintage guitars on YouTube. In 2011 he temporarily replaced Richie Sambora in the rock band Bon Jovi. In 2013 he became a permanent performing member of the band, in 2016 he became a permanent band member and in 2018 he was part of the band’s legendary performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After Sambora’s departure in 2013, he basically saved the band. As author & journalist Bryan Reesman wrote in his Bon Jovi monograph: “The Because We Can tour, which was later renamed to Because We Did, luckily wasn’t impacted by Richie’s departure. Phil played with his heart and with great pleasure – just look at this ear-to-ear smile when he performs.”
Phil X himself remembers how the news of his new involvement with Bon Jovi took him by surprise while shopping: “I was told that I have one hour to pack my stuff, get on a plane and fly to Calgary in Canada, where the performance took place that night. I had to remember some of the songs on the way,” he says with a smile.