Paul Phillips (guitarist)

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Paul James Phillips
Paul Phillips touring with Puddle of Mudd in November 2011 in the UK.jpg
Paul Phillips touring with Puddle of Mudd in November 2011 in the UK
Background information
Born (1975-06-26) June 26, 1975 (age 39)
Brunswick, Georgia, United States
Genres Hard rock, alternative rock, post-grunge, grunge, alternative metal, ska punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Geffen
Associated acts Happy Hour, Operator, Society Red, Puddle of Mudd, Rev Theory
Website Puddle of Mudd Official Site

Paul James Phillips (born June 26, 1975) is a lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter, he has played guitar for many bands, most notable for Puddle of Mudd, but has left it in 2011 through a Facebook post. He started with Puddle of Mudd since their 2001 hit album Come Clean. He also assisted with guitars and vocals in the group's second record, Life on Display and played guitar in the group's 2009 album, Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate and on their latest compilation album, re:(disc)overed. Phillips left the band in 2005, citing creative differences, but returned in 2009, and left again in November 2011. He has joined Rev Theory as lead guitarist and is currently working on a new project called The Fallout Collective, DJing on The Fox 107.7, and is on a TV show called Real Fear, which comes out on September 6 on The Chiller Channel. He is also working on becoming a personal trainer and doing fitness photo shoots.

Early life[edit]

Paul Phillips picked up guitar when he was 11. His father played guitar in a cover band. His first guitar and amp was a Squier Strat and a small Peavey combo amp, "I don't remember what the name or model it was; I remember it was a small combo thing." Phillips said.[1]

He joined the band when his friend Fred Durst invited him to audition for a band for Durst's record label. He had previously played guitar in the Jacksonville, Florida ska/punk band Happy Hour. He has since joined the band Operator whose debut album was released in the summer of 2007.

On April 3, 2008 the Jacksonville, Florida band Society Red announced on their Myspace page via a bulletin that Paul Phillips was joining the band. Their first show will be at Jackrabbits in Jacksonville Florida on April 11, 2008.

In 2009, Puddle of Mudd's Myspace page stated that Paul has rejoined the band, on November 13, 2011, Paul Phillips released this statement on his Facebook page: "So here it is. The bombshell followed by silence. I will not be touring with Puddle on this upcoming run. I won't be airing any dirty laundry in public. That's not who I am. I just want to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout the years at shows and on my facebook page here. It means a lot. I've always tried to make myself accessible to you and have always tried to never let you down when I got up on that stage. However, there is nothing I can do".

America's Most Wanted[edit]

There was a wanted fugitive in 2006 who claimed to be Paul Phillips and is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. As reported on the September 23, 2006 edition of America's Most Wanted, the culprit, whose name is Martin Minter, was captured, just one week after appearing as a wanted fugitive on the program.[2]

Nitro Circus 3D Movie[edit]

Phillips contributed original music and scored several sections of the Nitro Circus 3D Movie with Puddle of Mudd's former bassist, Damien Starkey.

The Guy Knows Everything[edit]

He has signed to star on this short film, and shooting will start in August 2012.


He was influenced by groups such as Guns N' Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Pantera, Nirvana, Metallica, Alice in Chains and Pink Floyd, and is known for being a Dimebag Darrell fan, which has influenced him in his guitar playing.


Puddle of Mudd[edit]



  1. ^ "Paul Phillips Interview" Retrieved on April 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "Paul Phillips – America's Most Wanted" Retrieved on April 3, 2010.

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