Phil Jones - The Drummer
Phil moved to Los Angeles from Iowa in 1969 to play rock and roll. His first band was Oskar, and was fronted by Lee Oskar who later formed War with Eric Burdon. His second LA band, Crabby Appleton, had a nationwide hit in 1970 with the single "Go Back ", and recorded two critically acclaimed albums for Elektra in 1970 and 1971.
In 1979, Phil was hired by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as a percussionist and toured with them from 1980 through 1984. He is credited on 16 of the 48 tracks on the new Tom Petty Live Anthology collection. During those years he also recorded with TP and the HB's in the studio, appearing on Hard Promises, Long After Dark, Live, and Wildflowers. Phil also played nearly all the drums and percussion on Tom's most successful studio album, his first solo effort entitled Full Moon Fever. He is the drummer and percussionist on Freefallin', I Won't Back Down, and Runnin' Down A Dream, which are Petty classics and his biggest hits.
For the last 15 years, Phil has been playing drums with the Waddy Wachtel Band, which includes Waddy Wachtel, Rick Rosas (Neil Young, Joe Walsh), Brett Tuggle (Fleetwood Mac), and Bernard Fowler & Blondie Chaplin of The Rolling Stones touring band. Other band members have included Keith Allison, Jamie Savko and Stacy Michelle (Kid Rock). The WWB played nearly every Monday for 12 years at The Joint in West Los Angeles, recently playing every month or two on a Friday or Saturday. Guests on stage with the band have included Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Adam Sandler, Bobby Womack, Donovan, Eric Burdon, Leo Sayer, George Thorogood, and many, many more.
Phil, in recent years, has also played with Joe Walsh's touring band, Johnny Rivers, Jack Tempchin, Bernard Fowler, and, most recently,with Pegi Young and The Survivors and Jason Sinay recording projects as drummer, percussionist, and producer.