Phillip Phillips kicked off his first Canadian tour last night at the Darthmouth Sportsplex in Halifax, NS, and by all accounts, it was an unbelievable night that fans will not soon forget. The highly anticipated show drew long lines of fans who didn’t mind waiting in the cold to get into the venue.
The night got off to a great start with show opener Twin Forks, who got the crowd ready with an energetic and fun set, and was a last minute replacement for previously announced Dugas. But fans were there to see Phillip and his band, and when he finally took the stage, the all-ages crowd welcomed him with huge cheers.
Although this wasn’t Phillip’s first visit to Canada, this was his first ever appearance in front of Halifax fans. And when he asked everybody to stand up and dance, they were more than ready to show their love and appreciation by dancing, singing and cheering all night long.
Phillip played a great set, opening with “Get Up Get Down,” “Drive Me” and “Gone Gone Gone Gone.” Phillip and the band then launched into a moody “Man On The Moon,” one of the first songs of the night to include the extended intros and outros that have become a trademark of his shows.
Another amazing moment came when Phillip performed brand new single “Raging Fire,” which the crowd received with cheers and enthusiastically sang along to, despite the song having been released only a few days ago. By the time Phillip performed fan-favorite “Tell Me A Story,” he had the crowd transfixed by his sublime performance.
He ended the set with his “Let’s Get It On” intro and mega-hit “Home.” But the crowd was not ready to let him go and they clapped and screamed until he came back to the stage for a quiet encore. As he came out by himself, he treated the fans to a beautiful rendition of “Hazel,” a song he rarely plays live. He finally brought the band back and closed the night with his brilliant “Lollipop mash-up.”
There is no doubt this was an amazing start of the tour for Phillip and that he left his already adoring fans hoping it doesn’t take him too long to come back. Phillip’s next stop on the tour will be in Quebec City, where he will play a sold out show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec tomorrow.
Check out the full set list, videos and photos from last night’s show below!
Get Up Get down
Gone Gone Gone
Man on the Moon
Take me Away
Tell me a Story
Wanted is Love
Where we came From
Gone Gone gone
Man on the moon
Tell me a story
Where we came from
Shake ya ass