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Simon Phillips comes to Grass Valley for Protocol II concert

English Jazz, Pop and Rock Drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto, Judas Priest) and his band Protocol II will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for the Arts.

Phillips started out as the drummer on the 1976 LP 801 Live with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno then went on to become a highly sought after session drummer who has played with: Big Jim Sullivan, Pete Townshend, Big Country, Toto, Steve Lukather, Jeff Beck, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield, Jon Anderson, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani, Phil Manzanera, Asia, Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Earl, Nik Kershaw and Gordon Giltrap.

During the 1989 American reunion tour, Phillips was the drummer for The Who. He also appeared on solo recordings by band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Townsend has said there is “anarchy” to Phillips’ sound.

“I have a distinctive sound and no matter what kind of music I play I seem to find a way of making it sound unique,” Phillips said.

Phillips has worked with Tears For Fears, with heavy metal act Judas Priest on Sin After Sin (1977) and Michael Schenker’s debut album The Michael Schenker Group. He co-produced and mixed two albums by Mike Oldfield.

In 1992, Phillips joined Toto after the death of drummer Jeff Porcaro. Besides touring with his band, Protocol II, Simon continues to tour with Hiromi and Toto.

In Protocol II, Phillips is joined by: Andy Timmons on guitar, Ernest Tibbs on bass and Steve Weingart on keyboards.

“I knew immediately this was a great band – great chemistry, a deep pocket and a relentless supply of musicality,” Phillips said.

Timmons was the guitarist for pop-metal band, Danger Danger and has toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV. His discography includes 7 solo releases ranging from blazing guitar instrumentals, blues, and a Beatles/ Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes.

Ernest Tibbs graduated from the Bass Institute of Technology in 1989 receiving the Bass Student of the Year Award. Since then, he’s gone on to develop an impressive list of credits, including work with: Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, James Ingram, and Melba Moore. Ernest has also toured and/or performed with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, Jeff Richman, David Benoit, David Garfield, Phil Upchurch, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Brian Auger, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Lorber, Lee Ritenour, John Pisano, Brian Bromberg, Mike Stern as well as symphony orchestras in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

Steve Weingart is a jazz-funk keyboard player who has recorded and performed internationally with: Chaka Khan, Steve Lukather, Dave Weckl, Robben Ford, Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Eric Marienthal, Kenny Rankin, Ernie Watts, Alain Caron, Jimmy Haslip, Terry Lynn Carrington, John Patitucci and Bunny Brunel.

Tickets are $20 for members of the Center, $22 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op.


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