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Philip Xenidis, better known as Phil X (born 10 March 1966), is a Greek-born guitarist and co-founder of the Los Angeles-based turbo pop band Powder. He also has a second band, The Drills. He is best known as the guitarist who replaced Rik Emmett in the Canadian rock band Triumph, for the Edge of Excess album and tour. The band folded shortly afterwards.

An early 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.

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 Lee on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He’s one of the most viewed guitar players, especially among youngsters on youtube when presenting vintage guitars for Fretted Americana. He’s also known for being very energetic on stage, where he usually throws his guitar in the air and catches it before it hits the ground while playing or even pushes it on his right and makes it spin clockwise, passing through his back and then grabs it back on his left. This can be also seen in the “Up Here” video clip with Powder whereby he adopts a different look with black nail polish and spiked hair.

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  • frettedamerican

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you guys know, if you're a fan of Phil X, that you can view all the videos Phil films for us on our facebook profile, and/or join the Last.fm group Fretted Americana Fans. New videos are always posted promptly on both pages. facebook.com/frettedamericana last.fm/group/Fretted+Americana+Fans Thanks for your time!

    26 Feb 2011 Reply

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