Phil X

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Phil X
Phil Xenedis 2013.jpg
Phil X in 2013
Background information
Birth name Philip Eric Xenidis
Also known as Phil X
Born (1966-03-10) March 10, 1966 (age 49)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, parody rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, bass guitar
Associated acts The Drills, Bon Jovi, Tommy Lee, Powder, Triumph

Philip Eric Xenidis, better known as Phil X (born March 10, 1966), is a Greek-Canadian musician. He replaced Richie Sambora as Bon Jovi's lead guitarist in 2013 after his departure from the band and will be featured on the band's upcoming 2016 Album. He is best known as a session and touring guitarist, and from his YouTube videos demonstrating guitars for music retailer, Fretted Americana.


In 1982 he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band Sidinex (naming it after himself, the moniker being his last name spelled backwards) with singer Todd Farhood, bassist Kevin Gingrinch and drummer Scott Masterson. The band released only one EP in 1985, Forever Young, before changing name to Flip City in 1987 and disbanding soon after.[1]

An 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.[2] From 1992 to 1993 he played with Triumph, recording Edge of Excess and touring with them.[3]

In 1994, Phil collaborated with Terry Brown, Doug Varty, Rob Kennedy and others to form a short lived band, The Bushdoctors, in Mississauga, Ontario. They recorded one album, a self titled debut, now out of print. The Bushdoctors at Heavy Harmonies

Phil X is a prolific session guitarist, having played on albums by Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Orianthi, Rob Zombie, Chris Daughtry, Alice Cooper, Thousand 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 Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi on Ellen[4] and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Phil X was featured in the "making of" video for the movie Josie and the Pussycats. He acted as a music coach and taught the young actresses to appear as if they were actually playing their instruments.[5]

In 2011 Phil X substituted for Bon Jovi's lead guitarist Richie Sambora, who missed 13 dates after entering rehab,[6] and filled in for Sambora on the US and Europe leg of the 2013 tour, after Sambora dropped out due to personal reasons. In mid-2013 he filled in for Sambora during a number of dates of the Because We Can tour, including their only Italian date in Milan,[7] the entire British leg of the tour including the Isle of Wight Festival and Hyde Park BST dates, the South African leg,[8] the South American leg, and the Australian leg of the tour,[9]


Framus Phil X Signature model, 2015

Xenidis has used a vast range of guitars during his session and live work. His most notable guitars are his ESP LTD Viper,[10] which he refers to as the "sticker guitar". In 2012, Xenidis received a signature guitar from Yamaha,[11] in 2015 followed the release of a signature model made by Framus.[12]

Phil invented the ‘Flip Stick,’[13] a specially modified replacement for the usual whammy bar on Floyd-Rose-equipped guitars. He is endorsed by Cleartone Treated Guitar Strings and Everly Star Picks as well. [14]

In addition to his guitars, Xenidis has performed and recorded through a vast range of amplifiers. His most notable are his signature Evil Robot range of amplifiers, which were designed to be based on his own Magnatone Tonemaster. He also uses Marshall and Friedman Amplifiers extensively, as well as custom made amplifiers from Roppoli Amplification[15] and Kasha Amplification.

His demonstrations of rare and vintage guitars have had over 30 million views on the frettedamericana YouTube channel.[16]


The following is a list of Phil X's discography, apart from his session work.

With Powder[edit]

  • Sonic Machine (2002)
  • Powder (2005)
  • Nothing (2008)

With The Drills[edit]


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  2. ^ Beggs, Mike (2 April 1992). "Guitarist finds fame staring him in face at a Kansas store". Toronto Star. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  3. ^ David, David (26 April 2011). "Review of Triumph, Greatest Hits Remixed". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Rosen, Craig (23 April 2013). "Jon Bon Jovi Comes Clean About Richie Sambora on ‘Ellen’". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Internet Movie Database (2001). "IMDB: Full cast and crew for Josie and the Pussycats". IMDB. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bon Jovi replaces Richie Sambora with Phil X". 2 May 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Coffey, Kevin (4 April 2013). "Bon Jovi show to go on without Sambora". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bon Jovi Wows Melbourne". The Age. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Americana, Fretted (19 April 2012). "At Long Last: Phil X’s Custom LTD Viper on Fretted Americana". YouTube. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Press Release, Yamaha (21 Dec 2012). "Yamaha Launches Phil X Signature Guitar – the SG1801PX9". Yamaha. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Video: NAMM 2015: Framus". Guitar Player. January 2015. Retrieved April 2015. 
  13. ^ Demo, Flipstick (11 Feb 2008). "Phil X Flipping Out 1989". YouTube. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Phil X's Gear". 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Brass, David (9 Nov 2012). "30 Million Views on Our YouTube Channel". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 

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