Simon Phillips Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 15 Jul, 2020
Facts of Simon Phillips
Date of Birth: 1957 , February-6
Age: 64 years old
Birth Nation: England
Name Simon Phillips
Birth Name Simon Phillips
Father Sid Phillips
Nationality English, American
Birth Place/City London, England
Profession Drummer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Net Worth $10 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brunette
Married No
Children No
Education Winchester House School, Bushey Myrad’s Comprehensive School
Music Group Toto
Albums Protocol, Simon Phillips, Force Majeure, Symbiosis, Another Lifetime, Out of the Blue, Vantage Point, Protocol II. Protocol III, Protocol 4
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Simon Phillips is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer. A master on drums and percussion instruments, Phillips is most known for playing drums for the rock band, Toto.

Son of English Musician Sid Phillips

Simon Phillips was born on February 6, 1957, in London, England, the son of esteemed English clarinetist, bandleader, and arranger Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips. He studied at Winchester House School but later transferred to Bushey Myrad’s Comprehensive School to better accommodate his musical schedule. 


Phillips started performing professionally at age 12 in his father's Dixieland band. With the death of his father and the consequent disbandment of the band, Phillips started working as a freelance musician and became a session musician for cast members of the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Phillips started building a reputation as a session musician and throughout the '70s worked with the likes of Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Peter Gabriel, and Frank Zappa.

Simon Phillips performing live SOURCE: YouTube

Phillips became the drummer for the British experimental supergroup, 801, with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno and contributed on their 1976 live album, 801 Live. He also briefly performed for the English heavy metal band, Judas Priest, and recorded the drums on their third studio album, 1977's Sin After Sin.   

He also recorded The Michael Schenker Group's self-titled 1980 debut studio album and Mike Rutherford's debut studio album, Smallcreep's Day, also in 1980.

Simon Phillips made up one-third of the  English jazz fusion band RMS with fellow session musicians Ray Russell and Mo Foster.

He also performed live with the English rock band, The Who, on their 1989 American reunion tour. Phillips moved to Los Angeles in the 1990s where he found more success.


After the death of their drummer Jeff Porcaro, the American rock band Toto was left without a drummer. Simon Phillips was earmarked to be his replacement as he came highly recommended by Pocaro himself. 

Phillips joined the band in 1992 and recorded four studio albums with the band, namely 1995's Tambu, 1999's Mindfields, 2002's Through the Looking Glass, and 2006's Falling in Between. He performed for the band for over two decades before parting ways in 2013 to focus on his solo career.

As the lead artist, Phillips has released ten albums and contributed to countless others. 

Currently, Phillips resides in Los Angeles, California, where he is a session musician and routinely lends his talents to such musicians as Joe SatrianiMichael Schenker, and David Gilmour.  

What is Simon Phillips' Net Worth in 2020?

As of July 2020, Simon Phillips is reported to possess a net worth of $10 million. His net worth comes from his career as a musician, songwriter, and record producer. Born to the eminent English musician Sid Phillips, Simon's career began at age 12 when he performed for his father's Dixieland band. He built a reputation as a session musician and went on to become the drummer for notable bands like the experimental supergroup 801; the English heavy metal band, Judas Priest; and the jazz fusion band, RMS.

Simon Phillips (front and center) with members of the American rock band, Toto SOURCE: Simon Phillips

He is perhaps most known for being the drummer for the American rock band, Toto. The 63-year-old is currently based in Los Angeles where he works as a session musician.