Phil Varone

For the Canadian ice hockey player, see Phil Varone (ice hockey).

Phil Varone (born October 15, 1967) is an American drummer, music producer and songwriter. He is a founding and former member of the band Saigon Kick from 1988–1996 and from 2012–2015.

Phil Varone
Birth namePhilip Varone III
Born (1967-10-15) October 15, 1967 (age 53)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
GenresHard rock, glam metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, actor, producer
LabelsAtlantic Records
Associated actsSaigon Kick
Prunella Scales
Skid Row
Vince Neil

While out of Saigon Kick for several years, some of which Saigon Kick wasn't active, he played for Prunella Scales, Skid Row, and Vince Neil.

Early lifeEdit

Varone was born on Long Island, New York, to parents Phil and Angela Varone, both of Italian descent. His family relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1980. Phil received his first drum kit as a Christmas gift as a young child. He began playing percussion in grade school at the age of 7 and continued into the first years of junior high. Self-taught, Phil credits his skills to listening to his favorite bands and drummers.



Varone began playing in various local bands while still in high school in Fort Lauderdale. In 1988, he joined together with some of his friends and formed Saigon Kick. The band signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records after two years. They earned a Gold Record for the album, The Lizard as well as a Billboard top 10 single for the song, "Love is On the Way". In 1996, Saigon Kick disbanded and Varone stayed busy producing and doing studio work for a variety of artists.[who?]

In 2000, Varone joined multi-platinum recording artists Skid Row. Together they toured the world with Kiss, Poison, Def Leppard and Tesla; along the way, they recorded a new record, Thickskin. Additionally, the band produced Under the Skin: The Making of Thickskin, which was internationally distributed on DVD.

In 2003, Varone played drums for Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe on his solo tour.[citation needed]

Varone joined Jake E. Lee's band Red Dragon Cartel for the recording of their sophomore album Patina. The album will be released in November 2018.[1]

Television, Film and RadioEdit

When Varone left the music business in 2004 he decided to pursue a career in acting and stand up comedy. Varone appeared as a celebrity customer in an episode of Miami Ink, in which he got a tattoo of his son's name. He also appeared in episodes of the Showtime series Californication, and the CBS series Numbers. Varone appeared the E! program Inside Celebrity Rehabs, the NBC game show Identity, in which he was correctly matched to his identity as a rock and roll drummer, and on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories on the BIO Channel. He also appeared in an Asian Nokia TV commercial.

Varone produced and starred in the acclaimed 2007 feature-length documentary, Waking Up Dead, in which a film crew followed him around for several years to document his life as a touring drummer.

In April 2009, Varone participated in Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, a VH1 spinoff of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew that features celebrities being rehabilitated for sex addiction. In the first episode, Varone revealed that his sex addiction worsened after his mother died from a cerebral aneurysm in 1998. Another pivotal moment occurred when his maternal grandmother Josephine died during the taping of the show.[2] Varone also spoke about this sex addiction in episodes of Oprah,[episode needed] The Tyra Banks Show[episode needed] and the Today Show.[episode needed]

In the September 26, 2010 episode of Strange Sex on the Discovery Health Channel Varone and his girlfriend, Achsha, discussed Phil's sex addiction and recovery and how it related to their new relationship.[3]

Phil has his own show with Vivid Radio on SiriusXM Radio called The Swing with Phil Varone.


In April 2013 Un-Philtered: Real Life On and Off the Rock'n'Roll Tour Bus, a tell-all memoir of his days on the road, was published by Riverdale Avenue Books.

Other workEdit

Varone was Playgirl magazine's cover and centerfold for December 2010, in which he appeared to promote the launch of the Sex Stand Up Rock And Roll Show tour in the United States.[4]

In July 2011 Vivid Entertainment released Phil Varone's Secret Sex Stash video as part of their celebrity sex tape series. He has gone on to produce and direct a series for Vivid Entertainment called 100% Real Swingers.[5] Varone has a second series of reality porn videos called Groupies: The Music From Behind, a takeoff on VH1's Behind the Music series.[6]

Varone has his own line of sex toys with California Exotic Novelties, including the first ever rockstar mold and pierced dildo.[7]


With Saigon KickEdit

With Prunella ScalesEdit

With Skid RowEdit

With Red Dragon CartelEdit

  • Patina (2018)

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2012 AVN Award nominee - Best Celebrity Sex Tape
  • 2012 AVN Award nominee - Best Marketing Campaign
  • 2013 AVN Award nominee - Best Celebrity Sex Tape - Phil Varone's Swinging American Style: Texas F*ck 'em
  • 2013 AVN Award nominee - Best Celebrity Sex Tape - Phil Varone's Swinging American Style: Vegas or Bust!
  • 2013 AVN Award nominee - Best New Series - Swinging American Style
  • 2014 XBIZ Award nominee - Best Pro Am Release - 100% Real Swingers: Big Bear
  • 2014 AVN Award nominee - Best Amateur Series - 100% Real Swingers
  • 2014 AVN Award winner - Best Amateur Release - 100% Real Swingers: Meet the Riley's
  • 2015 XBIZ Award nominee - Amateur Release of the Year - 100% Real Swingers: Tampa
  • 2015 XBIZ Award nominee - Amateur Release of the Year - 100% Real Swingers: Kentucky
  • 2015 AVN Award nominee - Amateur Release of the Year - 100% Teen Swingers: Atlanta
  • 2015 AVN Award nominee - Amateur Release of the Year - 100% Real Swingers: Kentucky
  • 2015 AVN Award nominee - Best Amateur/Pro Am Series - 100% Real Swingers


  1. ^ "JAKE E. LEE's RED DRAGON CARTEL Returns With New Single And Video, 'Havana'". Retrieved 2018-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. VH1. Season 1. Episode 6. December 6, 2009
  3. ^ Strange Sex. Discovery Health Channel. September 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Jesse Capps (December 20, 2010). "Ex-Skid Row Drummer Phil Varone Is Ecstatic About His Playgirl Debut". Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Bob Johnson (June 9, 2011). "Vivid Releases Rocker Phil Varone's Sex Tape Online". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved September 20, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Staff. "Interview: Phil Varone on 'Groupies: The Music From Behind'". Adult Video News. Retrieved 25 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ PRWEB (October 5, 2011). "Rock Star Signs Deal with Major Manufacturer to Produce Line of Adult Toys". PRWEB. Retrieved November 9, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Phil has also performed in numerous pornographic movies.

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