Phil Varone is an accomplished drummer, music producer and songwriter best known for his work with the bands Saigon Kick, Skid Row, Prunella Scales and currently the drummer for Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel.
In 1988, he formed Saigon Kick and quickly signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. They earned a Gold Record for the album The Lizard as well as a Billboard top 10 single for the song, “Love is On the Way.”
In 1997, Varone formed rock band Prunella Scales with Skid Row bass player, Rachel Bolan and quickly signed a recording contract with Warner. This lead to the release of the album Dressing Up The Idiot as well as a U.S. and Japanese Tour.
In 2000, Varone joined multi-platinum recording artists Skid Row. Together they toured the world with Kiss, Poison, Def Leppard and along the way recorded a new record, Thick Skin.” Additionally, the band produced Under the Skin: The Making of Thick Skin which was internationally distributed on DVD.
In 2004, Phil left Skid Row to pursue acting, writing and standup comedy. After moving to Los Angeles, he began standup comedy and created the very popular Sex Stand Up Rock & Roll Show finding a home at world famous Improv in Los Angeles, C.A. During this time he produced and starred In the feature length documentary, Waking Up Dead released June, 2007.
Phil’s passion for acting and has lead to roles on Californication (Showtime), a commercial for Nokia Cellular and an appearance on NBC’s Identity, E TV, various short films,VH1’s hit show Sex Rehab w/ Dr Drew, Discovery Channel’s Strange Sex and Celebrity Ghost Stories. Phil has also appeared on numerous talk shows such as Oprah, Tyra Banks and The Today show.
In 2013, Phil signed a publishing deal with River Ave Books and released his first book title Un-Philtered. With this freshman release, Phil solidified himself as a critics and fan favorite with many future books to come.
Currently, Phil lives in Las Vegas writing his second book, hosting various events and heading into the recording studio to record Red Dragon Cartel’s second album, followed by and extensive world tour. Phil also is an on air personality on unphilteredradio.com.