Bon Jovi lead guitarist Phil X revealed the strange way of introducing himself to Judas Priest singer Rob Halford at Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp in 2016 during his interview with Side Jams with Bryan Raesman.
As you know, Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp is an interactive music event in which the attendants play, write and record music and perform live concerts. They also join the bands that formed for them with their own rock star mentor. Throughout the camp, they are able to learn the dynamics of the bands, songwriting, and find a chance to ask questions to the professionals of the music.
In the 2016 Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy camp, Phil X was one of the faculty members of the event. When he was on the stage, Rob Halford couldn’t understand which one is the mentor and asked a girl who worked there. After Phil X learned the story, he went to meet with Halford in a very unusual way.
While he was explaining to Judas Priest singer Halford who he was, he gave an example from a replacement in Judas Priest. As you may remember, the band’s former guitarist K. K. Downing was replaced with Richie Faulkner. Like Faulkner, Phil X also took the place of Richie Sambora as the lead guitarist of the Bon Jovi band. So, he decided to correlate the two situations instead of saying that he was the new member of Bon Jovi.
Here’s what he said:
“It was a good week too because I think Tony Iommi was there, so I got to sing ‘Neon Knights’ with Tony Iommi and that was amazing.
I think with Judas Priest, they split up the band. So one day, it was Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner, and the next day it was Scott Travis and Ian Hill. But then when we all jammed at the Whisky [A Go Go], it was all four.
It was really, really amazing. It’s kind of funny, because sometimes they get up there, like, Rob Halford gets up there, he doesn’t know who’s a faculty member.
He doesn’t know who’s paying to be there. So we’re on stage, and I know Richie.”
“We’ve spoken for years and jammed a couple of times. We’re doing ‘Hell Bent For Leather,’ and he goes, ‘Why don’t you start?’
I go, ‘Yeah, but let’s do the solo in unison, that would be amazing.’ And he’s like, ‘OK, let’s do it.’
So I started, and Rob looks over. He looks at the girl that runs the thing and he goes, ‘He’s good.’ Like, who is this guy, you know? And then afterward, she told me what he said.
And I went, ‘Hey, Rob, It’s really nice to meet you. By the way, you know how Richie Faulkner kind of replaced K.K. Downing?
I’m kind of in the same situation. I kind of replaced Richie Sambora in Bon Jovi. And he’s like, ‘…well, that makes sense.”
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