Phillip Phillips Back On The Road

Phillip Phillips is back on the road after a break over the Christmas holidays and the uncertainty created by the recent news announcing his desire to break from his label, 19 Entertainment.

Proving that making great music is, and has always been, his priority, Phillip played two incredibly energetic shows in Orillia and Windsor, Canada, despite reportedly being sick with a cold and having an injured finger. Phillip was, of course, joined by his amazing band, regulars Joel Behrman on trumpet and trombone, Jason Thomas on drums, and Bobby Sparks on organ and keys. Two new additions, Nate Mercereau on guitar and Brandon K. Brown on bass, completed the band’s line-up. They all got rave reviews from the lucky fans in the audience.

Phillip is next scheduled to join Irish band The Script for three dates in South Africa, his first ever visit there. Check out the dates and details here.

Also, check out some amazing footage from the Orillia show and beatiful fan photos from Windsor, below!

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Video by Casino Rama Orillia.
Photo credits: Elvan McMillen and Erika Houser.
Featured photo: Elvan McMillen.

Phillip Phillips’ Perfect Summer Night In Vancouver

There is a reason why Phillip Phillips fans are travelling far and wide to see his shows: they just keep getting better and one is never enough. But this time Vancouver fans didn’t have to go very far as Phillip came back for the second time in just a few months to play the opening show of the PNE’s Summer Night Concerts series.

Casual fair goers and fans started to gather at the PNE’s West Jet Amphitheatre early in the evening to wait for Phillip, who made his way to the stage just after 8:00 pm. There was no opening band, so the fans quickly got what they came to hear, a full 1 hour 40 minutes set that included songs from both his albums and some of his most famous covers.

“Let’s dance and have a good time!” Phillip told the crowd as he unassumingly took the stage, the sun still shining behind him. He then launched into “Searchlight,” the opening track from his new album Behind The Light and then into the energetic “Get Up Get Down,” two of his most upbeats songs. But as the evening turned into night, Phillip took us to a few darker and deeper places as well, and we were just as happy to follow him there too.

It’s a well known fact by now that Phillip has assembled an insanely talented band, and that his shows are as much about beautiful storytelling as they are about pure and simple jamming. That was on full display at the PNE show. To single out any instrument would be almost unfair, but last night both Bobby Sparks on keys and organ and Errol Cooney on guitar really elevated songs to special new places. Particular mention goes to “Trigger,” which was incredibly moving with delicate touches from Cooney and lush dramatic effects from Sparks. The best part was perhaps a new cool and intense jam at the end of the song; this is after all what some fans are coming back for, show after show. The incredible Jason Thomas on drums, JJ Smith on bass and Joel Behrman on trumpet and trombone completed the band, each shining at many different times during the show. Through it all was Phillip with his boundless energy and electricity, which never detracts from his impeccable delivery and authentic emotion. He is a true captivating and magical performer.

Phillip played the hits (“Raging Fire,” “Gone Gone Gone”) as well as his new “official” single “Unpack Your Heart” (“whatever that means” he told us with a laugh), the incendiary “Fly,” and my all-time favourite “Man On The Moon.” In between songs, new quiet and atmospheric intros or outros kept us guessing and falling deeper into the night’s spell. And in a repeat of last time’s most magical moment, the Vancouver crowd once again lit up with hundreds of lights to accompany the beautiful lyrics of “Tell Me A Story,” which Phillip made even more special by adding some lines from “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Phillip closed his set with his “Lollipop” mash up, a virtuoso blending of covers by Lil’ Wayne, Led Zeppelin, Eminem and DJ Khaled that drove fans into a true frenzy of pure musical bliss. By the time he came back for his encore with the haunting “A Fool’s Dance,” there is no doubt that Phillip had the crowd on the palm of his hand. Of course, he closed the show with “Home” and led us to sing along with him for one last time. We wished we could have kept singing all night long.

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Check out some photos and videos from the show, as well as some pics of Phillip’s cool Meet & Greet earlier that day.

Set List
Get Up Get Down
Lead On
Raging Fire
Man On The Moon
Gone Gone Gone
Unpack Your Heart
Tell Me A Story
Where We Came From

A Fool’s Dance

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Featured photo by Joanne.

Phillip Phillips Dazzles In Quebec

The Behind The Light tour finished just over a week ago, but Phillip has already made his way to a couple of shows and delighted many fans in the last few days. Last Friday, August 1st, Phillip played for a huge crowd at Festivent Lévis, in Lévis, Quebec. It was Phillip’ second visit to Quebec in just a few months, after playing a sold out show at the Grand Théatre de Québec in March this year. Check out some photos and great reviews from the show below!

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Captivating Phillip Phillips

The atmosphere was exhilarating yesterday at Champigny Park, as young Phillip Phillips’ electrifying performance charmed Festivent’s biggest crowd so far.
Phillip Phillips was on his second visit to the region this year, having ignited the stage of the Grand Theatre de Quebec in March. A big name in the music scene, combined with a warm evening under the stars, helped Festivent attract its largest crowd.
Since the last time he was here, Phillips, who handily won American Idol in 2012, has launched his second album, Behind The Light. So the evening’s set list offered a good balance between the two efforts by the singer and the new songs were as well received as the ones that originally helped him to conquer the public.

Powerful Presence

Phillip Phillips, only 23, has a stage presence that’s quite exceptional. Surrounded by a guard of four incredible musicians, including a trombonist, the showman proceeded to unleash his powerful folk and pop roots songs for an hour and a half.
After screaming “Bonjour” into the microphone, doing some guitar adjustments that already had the crowd going delirious, he set the tone for a dynamic evening with the catchy “Get Up Get Down.” The songs were extended with such generous guitar solos that after 15 minutes, he had played only two songs.
“It’s so good to be here tonight!” he shouted to the excited crowd, telling them many times how much he loved them.
The magic continued when the raspy-voiced singer launched into “Gone Gone Gone,” one of his greatest success. “Man On The Moon” and “Wanted Is Love” keep the energy going, again, with electrifying solos, before Phillips plunged into Behind The Light, with “Raging Fire,” “Searchlight” and “Trigger.”
The seasoned guitarist saved the best for last, launching into “Home” in perfect harmony with the thousands of festival goers.
For the encore, after an evening that succeeded in every respect, Phillip Phillips performed “A Fool’s Dance” and “Lollipop,” a Lil Wayne cover that he enjoys to play live. There is no question, Quebec loves it when Phillips comes for a visit.

Source: Journal de Québec

Phillip Phillips in Quebec

Phillip Phillips Electrifies Festivent Lévis

A record crowd stormed Friday’s Festivent Lévis to see one of the stars of the day, Phillip Phillips.
Incredibly sexy, with a raspy voice and a contagious energy, Philips loves being on stage and that love transcends every pore of his skin. No wonder he was the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, he deserves much more than that!
Interpreting not only his hits, but also his new songs, he moved the audience with his catchy and invigorating melodies. Accompanied by excellent musicians playing from stringed to wind instruments, he has everything to appeal to a wide audience.
This outdoor show could have easily taken place at the Centre Bell so much Phillips’ performance was close to perfection. The delighted audience sang, danced and asked for more, burying the singer’s voice while singing along to hits such as “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Home.” Proud, smiling, Phillip Phillips gave them more, electrifying the crowd.

Source: Québec Spot Média

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Featured photo by Errol Cooney.

Phillip Phillips Intimate And Interactive In Vancouver

After three weeks of heavy touring across the country, Phillip Phillips finally made his way to Vancouver, BC last Friday to play the last show of his first ever Canadian tour. But before his highly anticipated show at Rogers Arena, Phillip took the time to do a very special Intimate and Interactive show, sponsored by Shore 104.3 FM. Only 50 fans were allowed to attend the event, and you had to win your way in. I’m happy to say, I was one of those winners!

The event took place at the beautiful lounge inside the lobby of the Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver. There was a small lineup to enter and everybody was assigned a numbered wristband. Despite not being the first in line, I could not believe it when we got seated right in front of the chairs were Phillip and his guitarist Errol Cooney would play!

At 1:30 pm sharp Phillip and Errol came out to big cheers from the contest winners. They wasted no time, and after a brief intro jumped right into “Man On The Moon.” If you have ever seen video of these acoustic performances, you know what an unbelievable treat it was to see Errol and Phillip just jam out on that intense extended ending and then do it all over again on “Where We Came From.”

The 50-minute event was a combination performance and Q&A, and the audience was able to submit the questions they wanted to ask. Despite Phillip’s famous nerves, it was great to see that he has become a relaxed and natural storyteller, and he made us laugh more than once with his stories. He told us a funny one about the time his dad was concerned about his grades. He told him he needed to get better or he would sell all Phillip’s belongings at the family’s pawn shop. Sure enough, next semester when Phillip’s grades didn’t improve, he came home to find out that everything in his room was gone. “Did he sell the stuff?” “No, he didn’t sell it, but he scared me!”

Phillip also talked about the new album, Behind The Light, whose May 19 release date and title were announced only hours before Friday’s event. He joked saying that he hopes people will like it, but still if they don’t, that he hopes people will just “buy it, and buy it again!” He also said that the album will be “more mature,” musically “more technical” and “heavier overall,” and that he hopes it’s “cooler than the first one.”

Throughout the Q&A, it was clear that despite not taking himself very seriously (he is very humble and funny), Phillip takes the music and the creative process very seriously, talking about how much he has learned through the recording of his two albums and about how he wants his music to truly represent him always. Amazingly, my question was picked during the Q&A, but I was so excited they had chosen it, that I think I failed to capture his whole answer. I asked about what other influences he has besides other musicians, such as stories from movies or TV shows and books. He said that he does get inspired by movies and shows (and talked about his favorite TV shows The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad) which may result in some darker or stranger music that may not necessarily make it to the album, but that he may play live.

Phillip’s singing was as intense and soulful as I had imagined it would be, his playing incredibly skillful and graceful at the same time. And Errol Cooney is just an unbelievable guitar player, providing the perfect support and solos to Phillip’s ambitious arrangements and ideas.

It was, without question, the most perfect, incredible performance and event. Not many people get the chance to see a musician they admire in an intimate setting like this, so I’m thankful to Shore 104.3 FM for putting together this very special event and for Phillip for taking the time to do it. It’s a beautiful memory that I will cherish forever.

Check out the set list and exclusive video and photos from the event below!

Set list:

Man On The Moon
Where We Came From
Raging Fire
Gone Gone Gone

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Photos/Video by Sebastian Lavigna

Phillip Phillips In Vancouver: “You Make Me Want To Come Back”

After playing 15 shows in 21 days and charming his way through Canada, Phillip Phillips closed his Canadian Tour with an spectacular show in Vancouver, BC. Along the way, he proved he is an extraordinary musician and performer able to sell out shows and draw loving crowds wherever he goes. On Friday, he gave us his irresistible mix of strong songwriting, passionate playing and incredible musicianship that had the crowd on its feet from the first notes of the night.

Before performing at Rogers Arena, Phillip did an intimate performance and Q&A for a few fans in downtown Vancouver (I was one of the lucky contest winners!), but he was more than ready to rock with his full band when he took the stage later that day.

We made our way to the venue just before 7:00 pm, and as soon as we came in into Rogers Arena, I was impressed by the number of people outside and by the range in ages in the crowd, from teen girls wearing Phillip Phillips shirts, to twenty somethings, to middle age (and older) couples, to parents with young children. But once we came into the venue itself, it was only half empty. The theatre bowl arrangement of the arena seemed a little odd when I first saw it (and was deceiving on the venue’s map online; I really thought I would be much closer to the stage), but later I realized it was the perfect size for the show.

Seven thirty came fast and opener Twin Forks made it to the stage right on time. Their style is really a foot stomping, clap-along type of folk and by the end of their set they had the crowd energized, on their feet and clapping along to their songs. The sound in the venue was great, so my anticipation of Phillip’ set just grew that much more.

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We did not realize it, but by the time Phillip walked calmly to take the stage the venue had completely filled out and the cheers that welcomed him were loud and amazing. He said hello and immediately launched into “Get Up Get Down,” the perfect high-energy song to start the show. It did not take long for Phillip and the band to go crazy and jam out so hard that we could not believe what we were hearing or seeing, and this was only the first song! But these guys came to rock out and that they did, with an incredible extended organ solo by Bobby Sparks on “Wanted Is Love,” a new extended jam after “Where We Came From” and “Shake Ya Ass,” and a perfect cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Digging In The Dirt” seguing into “Drive Me.”

People were ecstatic, with screams of “Phillip” and “I love you” every time there was a break in the songs. Phillip was incredible for beginning to end, with his crazy dance moves and furious guitar playing, there was no shortage of electricity the whole night. But Phillip did slow down in one of the most beautiful moments of the night: as he played the magical “Tell Me A Story,” the crowd spontaneously lit up with thousands of bright lights. With their phones held high, the lights in the crowd became the stars to the sun and moon of the song. It was incredible and moving and Phillip felt it too. And this is what I think I love the most about Phillip: his ability to go from an intricate and funky jam session with his band, to a quiet, introspective moment the next. The feeling and the emotion is always genuine.

Phillip closed his set with “Home,” but not before he teased us with his super sexy, super slow version of “Let’s Get It On,” throwing in some lines of Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” for good measure. The whole time, Phillip let each member of his band shine, with soulful solos by Errol Cooney, funky organ solos by Bobby Sparks, amazing bass by JJ Smith, sweet trumpet arrangements by Philip Dizack and insane drumming by Jason Thomas.

Many thoughts came to me as we waited and cheered for him to come back: how his show was not only about playing some incredible songs and music but also about celebrating the making of music-this is Phillip’s dream and we just get to be taken along for the wonderful ride. And despite Phillip being such a new artist, the amount of love and support the crowd was ready to give him was palpable; it was moving and exciting to see.

For his encore, Phillip did a powerful, chills-inducing rendition of “A Fool’s Dance,” the beautiful lyrics becoming alive as if we were seeing the show in a much more intimate venue. He finally closed the show with his famous “Thriller” cover. Although he did not talk too much during the night, Phillip did talk about food (what he had for lunch) and praise the crowd, telling us at one point that we were making him “want to come back.” I hope he does, soon. And that he felt our love too, it was really all around.

Check out the set list, and our and other fans’ videos and photos from the night!

Set list

Get Up Get Down
Where We Came From
Gone Gone Gone
Man On The Moon
Wanted Is Love
Tell Me A Story
Digging In The Dirt (Peter Gabriel cover)
Drive Me
Let’s Get It On
A Fool’s Dance

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Phillip Phillips Leaves Quebec Fans Asking For More

Phillip Phillips and his band made their way through beautiful Quebec on Monday and Tuesday, where they played consecutive shows in Quebec City and Montreal. On Monday, Phillip played a sold out show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, and received rave reviews from fans at the show and two of the city’s major newspapers, who praised his musicianship, versatility and incredible stage presence and energy.

Then on Tuesday, after a busy press day, Phillip played for an enthusiastic crowd at Montreal’s Place des Arts. Both nights, Phillip left fans asking for more and hoping it doesn’t take him too long to return.


Watch some of Phillip and the band’s incredible performances in Quebec and Montreal below.

Gone Gone Gone

Raging Fire

Get Up Get Down

Where We Came From