The My Fangirl Life team has a multitude of concerts scheduled this summer. Edmonton is apparently a mecca for some of the biggest acts in music this season, so keep watch as we document the shows we attend for your reading pleasure – we’re calling it our “Summer of Concerts”. You can also check out our reviews of Maroon 5, Eric Church, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, Shania Twain, and (gloriously!) One Direction.
Last week (in fact, the day after our One Direction concert), we were lucky enough to see a Phillip Phillips concert at our local fair here in Edmonton. What better way to feed our 1D concert hangover than with some more live music?
I first fell in love with Phillip Phillips back in his American Idol days. I loved the way he shirked the comments people made to try and bring him more towards mainstream pop music. He knew who he was as an artist and he continued to impress America (and this Canadian girl, who sadly couldn’t vote) by just being himself.
I have seen Mr. Phillips perform once before, when he visited Edmonton last year and sold out the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. I enjoyed that show even more than I thought I would. The highlight was when he busted out Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” – so unexpected from this alt-folk musician!
This time around, it was an outdoor concert. We were a little concerned about the weather in the hours leading up to the show, but everything cleared up as soon as the DJ that was Phillip Phillips’ opening act took the stage. It turned out to be a beautiful evening for a show.
From the moment he stepped out to the moment he left, Phillip Phillips rocked the stage. This time around he again performed everything I could have wanted him to (except, you know, for that stirring rendition of “Lose Yourself” that I will forever be waiting to hear again). We were close to the front of the stage, though probably not as close as we were to One Direction the day before.
As one would expect from a Phillip Phillips concert, pretty much every song had a section in the middle with an awesome guitar breakdown. There were also multiple appearances of “zombie face”, or how Phillip Phillips looks when he’s feeling the music SOOOO much and he’s too into it to make sure his face doesn’t look like he’s a zombie. Jokes aside, though, it really was a pleasure to watch such a talented musician perform up close and in person.
Highlights for me included, of course, hearing “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone”, though I have to say that I surprised myself throughout the evening with the number of Phillip Phillips lyrics that I apparently remember. I was able to sing along to almost every song, and boy was it fun to be at a concert without assigned seating… or seats at all, for that matter. The worst part of the show was when some clearly drunk/unstable girl tried to push her way through the crowd and ended up tripping over the bags Justine and I had set on the ground in front of us. She then proceeded to stand far too close and try to push her way through again before finally giving up and leaving. Even that couldn’t take away from the enjoyment I took away from this concert though!
Because this show was not actually part of Phillip Phillips tour, I can’t really include anything to do with the venue, production or structure of the show in my rating. My opinion is based on the set list, performance, and of course, overall enjoyment. So, now on to the big moment – my rating of this concert based on our My Fangirl Life Rating System:
7 out of 10 feels: 😊😊😃😃😁😁👍⚪️⚪️⚪️
Have you ever been to a Phillip Phillips concert? What did you think? Share in the comments!