|Birth name||Theofilos Xenidis |
|Also known as||Phil X|
|Born||March 10, 1966|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Theofilos Xenidis (born March 10, 1966), better known as Phil X, is a Canadian musician and songwriter. Since 2011, he has played lead guitar with Bon Jovi and officially replaced former lead guitarist Richie Sambora in 2016.
In 1982, Phil 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.
An opportunity in Xenidis' 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. From 1992 to 1993 he played with Triumph, recording Edge of Excess and touring with them.
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.
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 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Phil X was featured in the "making of" bonus features for the movie Josie and the Pussycats. He acted as a music coach for the film and taught the young actresses to appear as if they were actually playing their instruments.
Bon Jovi (2011-present)
In 2011, Phil X substituted for Bon Jovi's lead guitarist Richie Sambora, who missed 13 dates after entering rehab, and later filled in for Sambora on the US and Europe leg of the 2013 tour after Sambora left the band suddenly due to personal reasons. It was a mutual friend between Phil X and Jon Bon Jovi, Arman Ghasemi who recommended to Jon Bon Jovi to use Phil X as a substitute.
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, the entire British leg of the tour including the Isle of Wight Festival and Hyde Park BST dates, the South African leg, the South American leg, and the Australian leg of the tour.
In 2016, Phil became an official member in the band along with bass guitarist Hugh McDonald and also features as guitarist for the band on their single, "This House Is Not for Sale" on the album of the same name as well as their latest studio effort Bon Jovi: 2020. 
Phil X was born to Greek-Canadian parents and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, raised in the Erindale subdivision. Phil was previously married to Ninette Terhart. In 2013, Phil married Lindy Green and has two children with her.
Phil X has used many guitars during his session and live work. He prefers bridge pickups and often removes the neck pickup from his personal guitars for added vibration, clarity and harmonics. For humorous effect, he will usually place an action figure and fan grille in the pickup cavity. He also favors P-90 pickups due to their tonal flexibility; their tone can be cleaned up on an overdriven amp by simply lowering the volume on the guitar.
His most notable guitar is his ESP LTD Viper, which he refers to as the "sticker guitar". This guitar originally had a Seymour Duncan JB pickup and later a Gibson P-94, but it has since been replaced with an Arcane PX-100.
In 2012, Phil X received a signature guitar from Yamaha, in 2015 followed the release of a signature XG model made by Framus. Phil invented the "Flip Stick", 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. His demonstrations of rare and vintage guitars have had over 30 million views on the frettedamericana YouTube channel.
Phil X also uses Friedman amplification. He has his own signature amplifier, the Friedman X.
Phil X has four custom pickups which he designed in conjunction with pickup manufacturer Arcane, Inc. They are available for sale on his official website:
- PX-90: A P-90 pickup wound to Phil X's specs. It is his preferred pickup and is used in a majority of his guitars.
- PX-100: The same pickup as the PX-90, but made in a humbucker case as a drop-in replacement for humbucker equipped guitars.
- PX-8: A humbucker wound to vintage specs, but uses Alnico 8 magnets for extra output.
- PX-SUPER 8: Also uses Alnico 8 magnets, but is wound hotter for high-gain use.
The following is a list of Phil X's discography as a band member, apart from his session work.
- Edge of Excess (1992)
- Sonic Machine (2002)
- Powder (2005)
- Nothing (2008)
with Phil X & The Drills
- Kick Your Ass in 17 Minutes. (2009)
- We Bring the Rock N Roll (2011)
- We Play Instruments N Sh!t (2012)
- Stupid Good Lookings Vol.1 (2019)
with Bon Jovi
- This House Is Not for Sale (2016)
- This House Is Not for Sale – Live from the London Palladium (2016)
- 2020 (2020)
The following is a complete official list of the rest of Phil X's work.
- Nice Place to Visit (1988) by Frozen Ghost
- Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1991)
- Shake Your Spirit (1992) by Frozen Ghost
- Naveed (1994) by Our Lady Peace (solo on "Denied")
- Methods of Mayhem (1999) by Methods of Mayhem
- Brutal Planet (2000) by Alice Cooper
- Movement in Still Life (1999) by BT
- Music from and Inspired by M:I-2 (2000) (on "Scum of the Earth" by Rob Zombie)
- I Get Wet (2001) by Andrew W.K.
- The Sinister Urge (2001) by Rob Zombie
- Never a Dull Moment (2002) by Tommy Lee
- Emotional Technology (2003) by BT (on "Superfabulous")
- House of 1000 Corpses - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003)
- We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones (2003) (on "Blitzkrieg Bop" by Rob Zombie)
- Under My Skin (2004) by Avril Lavigne (on "He Wasn't" & "How Does It Feel")
- Day of Fire (2004) by Day of Fire
- Breakaway (2004) by Kelly Clarkson (on "Where Is Your Heart" & "Walk Away")
- The Art of Breaking (2005) by Thousand Foot Krutch
- Tommyland: The Ride (2005) by Tommy Lee
- Daughtry (2006) by Daughtry
- The Day Has Come (2006) by Cheyenne Kimball (on "Hanging On" & "Mr. Beautiful")
- Devils & Angels (2007) by Mêlée
- The Flame in All of Us (2007) by Thousand Foot Krutch
- Worlds Collide (2007) by Apocalyptica (on "I Don't Care")
- The Stewart Copeland Anthology (2007) by Stewart Copeland on "Big Drum Tribe"
- Gavin DeGraw (2008) by Gavin DeGraw
- Scars & Souvenirs (2008) by Theory of a Deadman (background vocals)
- Patience (2008) by Nick Lachey
- Halestorm (2009) by Halestorm (additional guitar solos)
- Believe (2009) by Orianthi (rhythm guitar)
- Last Train Home (2009) by Ryan Star
- Leave This Town (2009) by Daughtry (additional guitars)
- Scream (2009) by Chris Cornell (on "Long Gone [Rock Version]")
- All I Ever Wanted (2009) by Kelly Clarkson (on "I Do Not Hook Up", "Cry", & "Don't Let Me Stop You")
- Just Like You (2009) by Allison Iraheta (on "Don't Waste the Pretty" & "Don't Wanna Be Wrong")
- For Your Entertainment (2009) by Adam Lambert (on "Aftermath")
- Sunday Love (2012) by Fefe Dobson (on "Don't Let It Go to Your Head" & "This Is My Life")
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- Rosen, Craig (23 April 2013). "Jon Bon Jovi Comes Clean About Richie Sambora on 'Ellen'". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Internet Movie Database (2001). "IMDb: Full cast and crew for Josie and the Pussycats". IMDb. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
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- "Mississauga Music Walk of Fame". Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
- Americana, Fretted (19 April 2012). "At Long Last: Phil X's Custom LTD Viper on Fretted Americana". YouTube. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Press Release, Yamaha (21 Dec 2012). "Yamaha Launches Phil X Signature Guitar – the SG1801PX9". Yamaha. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Video: NAMM 2015: Framus". Guitar Player. January 2015. Retrieved April 2015. Check date values in:
- Demo, Flipstick (11 Feb 2008). "Phil X Flipping Out 1989". YouTube. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Phil X's Gear". Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2014-09-15.
- Brass, David (9 Nov 2012). "30 Million Views on Our YouTube Channel". frettedamericana.com. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- "--: The REAL Phil X :--". Archived from the original on 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2016-05-31.