Phillip Phillips and the other stars of “Let It Show!” brought a pop rock party Sunday to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Pop stars Meg and Liz, Chris Wallace and Cody Simpson joined Phillips and local boys The Sunset Villains for 98.5 KRZ’s annual concert. Based on the shrieks and screams throughout the evening, the audience – boasting a strong contingent of teenage girls – highly enjoyed the parade of pop stars, starting with The Sunset Villains.
The most anticipated performers elicited shrieks and screams every time a DJ mentioned their names. So it wasn’t surprising when earsplitting squeals and shouts of “I love you!” accompanied Phillips and his band on stage. The most recent American Idol winner brought a deeper, skilled acoustic guitar sound, starting with “Hold On,” a song from his debut album, “The World from the Side of the Moon.”
“Y’all been having a good time, tonight?” he asked the audience before starting his next selection, the love-affirming “Gone, Gone, Gone.”
Phillips, playing guitar from a stool center stage, continued with “Take Me Away,” a ballad heavy on the cello and slightly reminiscent of a Dave Matthews Band tune. Next, he did justice to a mournful, slowed cover of “In the Air Tonight,” a song older than many of the audience members – and Phillips himself.
“We’ve never done that before together,” he said. “I think it went pretty smoothly.”
– Hold On
– Gone Gone Gone
– Take Me Away
– In the Air tonight
– Man on the Moon