Phil X

Philip Xenidis, better known as Phil X, is a Greek-born guitarist and co-founder of the Los Angeles-based turbo pop band Powder. He also has a second band, the Drills. He is best known as the guitarist who replaced Rik Emmett in the Canadian rock band Triumph, for the Edge of Excess album and tour.

An early opportunity in Xenidis’s career came when he was asked in 1990 to tour with Randy Coven, whom he met through Aldo Nova; in 1991, he toured the US with Aldo Nova.

Phil X is a prolific session guitarist, having played on albums by Tommy LeeMethods of MayhemAvril LavigneKelly ClarksonOrianthiRob ZombieChris DaughtryAlice CooperThousand Foot Krutch and many others. He wrote the song “Tired” and also played guitar on Tommy Lee’s Tommyland: The Ride album. He has appeared with Lee on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has performed with the band Frozen Ghost. Phil X is also the inventor of the “Flip Stick,” an innovative replacement for the “whammy bar” on Floyd-Rose-equipped guitars.

Phil X also performs in videos for Fretted Americana (a company that deals and sells vintage guitars and related equipment). In the videos he demonstrates an extensive range of vintage guitars playing some classic rock riffs. In the videos he generally uses two different guitar amplifiers; a 1960s Magnatone ‘Tonemaster’ and a 1960s Vox AC30, however he has recently started playing 15 and 30 watt clones of the Tonemaster, named the ‘Evil Robot’ Phil X Custom 214 built by John Kasha and sold exclusively through Fretted Americana. The original Evil Robot Combo 214 now been joined by an Evil Robot Head and Cabinet.

Since 2008, Phil X has been a faculty member of Camp Rock, a camp in Ontario for aspiring musicians.

In April and May 2011, Phil X substituted for Bon Jovi‘s lead guitarist Richie Sambora, who could not be present. He played the last 13 American shows of Bon Jovi’s 2011 world tour.

 

PHIL X VIDEOS:

Phil X of The Drills & Fretted Americana plays a Loucin Acoustic guitar

Phil X & The Drills I Wish My Beer Was As Cold As Your Heart – Director\’s Cut

Phil X Jams: Little Wing

Phil X Jams – Jimi Hendrix: Fire