Phillip Gone, Gone,” from his first album, “The World

Phillip Phillips opened up for theGoo Goo Dolls during the band’s “Long Way Home” tour at Syracuse’s Lake ViewAmphitheater August 11. Prior to his on-stage concert, he metwith 70 of his fans: answered questions, took photos, sang a few of his song acousticand a cover of Usher’s “Burn”.

At the start of the show, Phillips openedup with his single, “Raging Fire”, from his latest album, “Behind The Light”. Therecord debuted on the Billboard 200 at Number seven and has sold over 123,000copies since its release.”I have been a fan of PhillipPhillips since he first appeared on American Idol,” said Kaitlyn McDermott. “Ifeel like his music continues to get better and better.”He also performed his singles, “Home”and “Gone, Gone, Gone,” from his first album, “The World from the Side of theMoon.” From his upcoming third release called “Collateral” he played two newtracks, “Miles” and “Magnetic,” for the first time in public.”My favorite song to performchanges all the time, but I would have to say my new favorite song to play liveis my latest single Miles,” said Phillips.

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This was the artist second show inSyracuse, he first took the stage in October 2012 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome duringthe One World Concert after winning American Idol Season 11 in May. Before taking the stage at theLakeview Amphitheater and American Idol, Phillips started learning guitar andsinging at the age of 14 and formed the Phillip Phillips Band at 18, accordingto albanyuncovered.com. At the age of 20 he auditioned forAmerican Idol and swept through the competition without ever being in Jeopardyof elimination before becoming the winner on the show’s season finale,according Entertainmentparadise.com”American Idol was pretty crazy,but good, it was intense but fun,” said Phillips. “It was all those things, allat once.”