Steve Cooper talks with drummer Phil Varone. Phil is a founding and former member of the band Saigon Kick from 1988–1996 and from 2012–2015. 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. When he left the music business in 2004 he decided to pursue a career in acting and stand up comedy. He 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 and 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. He has participated in Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and appeared on episodes of Oprah,The Tyra Banks Show and the Today show. Years ago he was a Playgirl centerfold and 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 Ave Books.

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