Phillip Phillips’ co-headlining tour with Gavin DeGraw started last week with a string of back to back shows that ended on Sunday at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Any indication that the tour was only four dates in was nowhere to be found, as Phillip and band played a set high in joyous musical moments that warmed the Seattle audience on an unusually cool and breeze August day.
Gavin DeGraw played the first set of the night and demonstrated why he has had hit after hit, with a voice that soared to embrace every last person sitting or dancing in the beautiful ZooTunes field.
Phillip Phillips came out around 7:30 and played a tight and intense set that had to be cut slightly short due to the venue’s strict curfew for Sunday shows. But what lacked in time was more than made up in energy and jams to delight our ears. The show opened with a new cover of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” and then just took off from there with Phillip playing all the beloved hits: “Home,” “Raging Fire,” and of course “Magnetic,” which featured a soulful intro and solo by Jared Jackson (also on bass).
For this tour, Phillip has assembled the same band from his spring Magnetic Tour and it was great to see all these musicians bring their flavour to the music again: Evan Penza shredding quietly on guitar, Elliott Blaufuss taking songs to a new level on organ and keys, and the powerful but wonderfully dynamic Jeff Randall on drums. Phillip was smiling the whole night, enjoying his band, and his voice, presence and playing only getting better and better every time he gets on stage. The spontaneous chant of “Phillip, Phillip” that started right after he left the stage says it all; the audience was in love and as always, was left wanting more.
We had the incredible chance to photograph the show from the pit – take a look at some of the pictures below!