|Birth name||Philip Varone III|
|Born||October 15, 1967 (age 42)|
|Occupations||Musician, Actor, Producer|
|Associated acts||Saigon Kick
Varone was born on Long Island, New York to parents Phil and Angela Varone. He has one sister, Deana Varone. Varone began his fascination with the entertainment business at a very young age, playing percussion in grade school at the age of 7, and continuing into the first years of junior high. As a teen, he learned how to play drums. Phil is self-taught and he credits his skills to listening to his favorite bands and drummers.
After moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1980, Varone began playing in various local bands. In 1988, he joined together with some of his friends and formed Saigon Kick. The band signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 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.
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.
Varone also played drums for Vince Neil.
In 2004, Varone left Skid Row and the music business to pursue acting and stand up comedy. Phil can be seen in Los Angeles where he hosts the Sex, Stand Up, Rock and Roll Show at The Improv on Melrose.
Varone appeared 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. He also appeared the E! program Inside Celebrity Rehabs, and on the NBC game show Identity, in which he was correctly matched to his identity as a rock and roll drummer. He also appeared in an Asian Nokia TV commercial.
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 pivotol moment occurred when his maternal grandmother Josephine died during the taping of the show. Varone also spoke about this topic in an episode of Oprah and on The Tyra Banks Show.
Varone produced and starred in the 2007 feature-length documentary, Waking Up Dead, in which a film crew followed him around for several years to document the life of a rock star.
On February 16, 2010, Varone appeared on "The Weakly News" with Iliza Shlesinger. On the show he announced that he will be hosting a show, "The Master Debater". This will be an internet series and will air on thestream.tv.