An early opportunity in Phil’s career came when he was asked in 1990 to tour with Randy Coven, whom he met through Aldo Nova. In 1991, he toured the US with Aldo Nova, supporting Aldo’s new album Blood On The Bricks. While on tour with Aldo Nova he got the chance to meet and jam on stage with Jon Bon Jovi several times and that got him a session at Jon’s house with Bon Jovi himself and Tico Torres recording guitars for the song Levon to be featured in the compilation album Two Rooms.
In 1993 he replaced Rik Emmett in the Canadian rock band TRIUMPH, for the Edge of Excess album and tour.
In 1994, Phil collaborated with Terry Brown, Doug Varty and Rob Kennedy to form a short lived band, The Bushdoctors. They recorded one album, a self titled debut, now out of print.
In 1997 he decided he would leave Canada and move to Los Angeles, California where he became a prolific session guitarist. In true hollywood story style, one day Phil was painting the garage of a hot shot record producer and the next, trading the paintbrush for a Les Paul to play on Tommy Lee’s new project, Methods of Mayhem (MCA 1999). The new kid was on the block and had the heads a spinnin’. Playing for Tommy Lee led to playing for Rob Zombie, who gave Phil’s phone number to Alice Cooper (Phil played on “Brutal Planet”, Spitfire Records 2000), while becoming the in-house guitar player for producer Scott Humphrey laying down some “X Magic” on Andrew W.K.’s “I Get Wet”, BT’s “Emotional Technology” and more recordings by Tommy Lee and Rob Zombie. Not only did Phil record “Brick House” with Mr. Zombie for the “House of 1,000 Corpses” movie soundtrack, he performed the Commodores’ smash hit live on The Tonight Show (Jay Leno) with Rob and Lionel Ritchie as well. As Phil’s name began to crop up in more and more circles, names such as Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Chris Cornell, Orianthi and Adam Lambert were added to his credits with the list continuing to grow.