Red Dragon Cartel featuring Jake E. Lee announce new drummer Phil Varone

Red Dragon Cartel featuring Jake E. Lee announce new drummer Phil Varone

Red Dragon Cartel featuring guitarist Jake E. Lee have just announced that former Saigon Kick and Skid Row drummer Phil Varone will be the band’s new drummer replacing Jonas Fairley who played on Red Dragon Cartel‘s self-titled debut album which was released back in 2014. The group is rounded out by singer Darren James Smith and bassist Anthony Esposito.

There is no word at this time why Varone replaced Fairley in the group, which is currently working on its sophomore album.

The following message was posted on Red Dragon Cartel‘s Facebook page earlier today:

Jake E Lee‘s Red Dragon Cartel officially welcomes Phil Varone as our new drummer. He’s with us now in the studio working on our next album. It’s gonna be awesome!”

Varone posted the following message on his Facebook account earlier today:

“Everyone has been asking me why I’m rehearsing in P.A. Well, I’m very happy and proud to announce that I’m the new drummer for Red Dragon Cartel Jake E Lee, Anthony Esposito & Darren James Smith . We have been rehearsing material for the new record and begin recording next week. We will be touring in Fall, so I will finally see all of you out there this year!”

Varone‘s Biography on his own website states (with slight edits):

Phil Varone is an accomplished drummer, music producer and songwriter best known for his work with the bands Saigon Kick, Skid Row and Prunella Scales.

In 1988, he formed Saigon Kick and quickly signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. 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 1997, Varone formed rock band Prunella Scales with Skid Row bass player, Rachel Bolan and quickly signed a recording contract with Warner. This lead to the release of the album “Dressing Up The Idiot” as well as a US and Japanese Tour.

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

In 2004, Phil left Skid Row to pursue acting, writing and standup comedy. After moving to Los Angeles, he began standup comedy and created the very popular “Sex Stand Up Rock & Roll Show finding a home at world famous IMPROV in Los Angeles, C.A. During this time, he produced and starred In the feature length documentary, “Waking Up Dead ” released June, 2007.

Phil’s passion for acting and has lead to roles on Californication (Showtime), a commercial for Nokia Cellular and an appearance on NBC‘s Identity, E TV, various short films, VH1’s hit show Sex Rehab w/ Dr Drew, Discovery Channel’s Strange Sex and Celebrity Ghost Stories. Phil has also appeared on numerous talk shows such as Oprah, Tyra Banks and The Today Show.

In 2013, Phil signed a publishing deal with River Ave Books and released his first book title Un-Philtered. With this freshman release, Phil solidified himself as a critics and fan favorite with many future books to come.

Currently, Phil lives in Las Vegas and is playing drums on various projects including Toto‘s Bobby Kimball. Along with drumming, Phil is writing his second book due out early 2017, hosting various events and is looking forward to what the future will bring.”

Red Dragon Cartel‘s “Shout It Out” video:

Red Dragon Cartel – Shout It Out (Official / 2014 / New Album / Jake E. Lee)

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