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Ben Phillips interview

The Pretty Reckless’ lead guitarist opens up about early musical experiences, new record and more

July 7, 2017
By David Sands

The Pretty Reckless have been a sultry breath of fresh air since they first arrived on the alternative rock scene nearly a decade ago, thrilling fans around the world with their unrepentant lyrics and fiery rock and roll musicality. And Ben Phillips has been right up front the whole time, fanning the flames with his powerful guitar playing and songwriting know-how.

A Brooklyn native, The Pretty Reckless’ lead guitarist and co-songwriter came to music at an early age, singing and playing guitar well before his teenage years. He’s played in numerous rock bands over the course of his career, including The Ben Phillips Band which released their only album Freak Like Me in 2001 and the NYC-based Famous which also featured his TPR bandmates Mark Damon and Jamie Perkins. Since their 2009 formation, The Pretty Reckless has had a string of hits, including four #1 singles on the Billboard Rock Charts. They released their third studio album, Who You Selling For, this past October.

FBPO’s Jon Liebman spoke with Phillips this past May in The Pretty Reckless’ tour bus which was parked outside the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Their discussion took place shortly before they opened for Soundgarden in what would tragically be Chris Cornell’s final performance.

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