English drummer Simon Phillips first came to prominence in the early 1980s, backing guitarist Jeff Beck, followed by stints with The Who and two decades with Toto. Phillips recently gave up the Toto seat in order to concentrate on his own music. Phillips’ band, Protocol II, was in the studio late last year recording their latest album, promising a mix of jazz fusion, blues and world music. Tonight’s show at Catalina in Hollywood should feature Phillips’ trademark explosiveness, which one musician described as “like being in front of a jet engine.” Joining Phillips are guitarist Andy Timmons, bassist Ernest Tibbs and the underrated keyboardist Steve Weingart, who’s spent much of the past several years backing Phillips’ longtime Toto partner, guitarist Steve Lukather.
Mon., Feb. 16, 8:30 p.m., 2015
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