Phillip Phillips – MIX 104.1 Not So Silent Night – Recap and VIDEOS

Thanks to the fine folks at MIX 104.1 in Boston, I was able to attend the 2nd night of the Not So Silent Night concert featuring American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips. Tristan Pettyman opened the show, and Neon Trees closed, with Phillip right in the middle.

I got the chance to interview Phillip before the show, so watch out for that interview soon! I could not pin down his next single, nor would he spill ANY details on the gigs with Matchbox 20. However, he had NO idea that he was the first Idol alum to make inroads on the snooty AAA radio format! I was pretty happy to be the one to break that awesome news.

Phillip preformed a 7 song set that included: Hold On, Gone Gone Goen, Take Me Away, Wicked Game, Man on the Moon, Nice and Slow, and Home.

Half way through “Man in the Moon” I got light headed and had to find a place to sit, so I did not get the last two songs on my HD camera. I was a little bummed I didn’t capture Home–the band started the tune off with a slow blues jame before launching into the song. Everyone sang along, including me!

The band consisted of Errol on guitar, a dude on a percussion kit and a really fantastic cello player. The songs were jammy and even better in a live setting. The band was really tight, but loose and relaxed at the same time. Really good stuff! The concert took place at a bar called the Landsdowne Pub, situated on a street adjacent to Fenway Park that is home to many of the best Boston music clubs, including the hard rock. It was real cozy inside, perfect for a rock jam!

If you are looking for a great Hot AC radio station to stream on line, check out Mix 104.1. They’ve been very supportive of American Idols over the years. They were one of the first stations to put “Home” into heavy rotation. The radio station staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. And big ups to Karson of the awesome morning team Karson and Kennedy for helping me out!

If you’re into bluesy jammy music, I highly suggest checking Phillip out if he comes to your town. Who knows what will happen in the future, but based on the music he’s playing now, I expect his album, The World from the Side of the Moon to have a successful era.

Hold On

Gone Gone Gone

Take Me Away

Wicked Game

Man on the Moon

  • Anny_nanny

    MJ, I adore you and look forward to the interview.

    Hoped to hear a new song (“Save Me”), but it was “Take Me Away”. lol

  • Liteasy

    Thanks for the videos and write-up MJ, and it sounds like you had a great time in spite of your dizziness.  Looking forward to reading your interview with Phillip.

  • Anny_nanny

    The man with violoncello was Great. It was nice to see what the guys are enjoying the performance. Said Phillip about the musicians, with whom he would go on tour? I really like this group, but I don’t dare to hope.
    Loved the “Man on the Moon”, but still prefer the acoustic version.
    God, how I envy you! I will definitely go to the Phillip’s concert if he ever come to Europe.

  • CFIdolsfan

    Thanks for the videos, mj. Sorry you didn’t feel too well, but glad you got to attend the concert and talk to Phillip. Can’t wait for the interview.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    However, he had NO idea that he was the first Idol alum to make inroads on the snooty AAA radio format!

    P2 is distinctly reminding me of one of those movie characters who never has a clue, yet keeps ending up in the middle of historic events.

    The songs were jammy and even better in a live setting. The band was really tight, but loose and relaxed at the same time. Really good stuff!

    Good! Not my cuppa — though I’ll confess to some enjoyment of the vid I dipped into — but that’s how P2 said he wanted to sound (way back before the Idol tour), so it is excellent that he’s achieving that sound with his band.

  • http://twitter.com/Barb0603 Barbara Rodriguez

    YAY !!! Mj I kept trying to win tickets to this “Not so silent night ” concert but no luck :( I was wondering and hoping that you got to go to the show last night ( I am so jealous LOL ) sorry you got dizzy but at least you were able to stay ! Can’t wait for the interview and thanks for these great videos. The band did sound great I LOVE the cello mixed into Phillip’s songs !!

  • http://twitter.com/jatpk jkelly

    Dave Eggar plays is playing the cello.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Really like this version of Man on the Moon! If you only listen to one, check it out.

  • TheOther

    Interscope stayed away the proverbial Idol trap that Sony fell prey to big time with the winners – that is, to remanufacture them into pop stars.  Phillip got to make the CD that represents him as artist – and he attained commercial acceptance by doing that.  Hopefully, he will continue to gain credibility in the AAA genre as an up and coming singer song writer. 

    I think future singles will likely be GGG, Hold On, Man On The Moon.  They seem the most performed.

  • girlygirltoo

    Glad you had a good time, MJ. Sorry you got dizzy — hope you are feeling better.

    Phillip sounds good and the band is tight. The cello adds a cool touch. It would be nice if this is the group of musicians he actually goes out on tour with.

    I wasn’t much of a P2 fan on AI, and I’m still not crazy about his voice, but he has grown on me to the point where I would be interested in seeing him live.

    I think he’s going to have a nice run with this album era. What happens further down the road, who knows. But so far, so good.

  • iani

    I like Phillip’s music, this kind of mixture of folk, blues, jazz, rock works for me better than music of John Mayor, DMB or other quirkier folk, folk rock acts I’ve heard in the last years. For me his music is easy to “digest” it, pleasantly balanced in melodies, lyrics, voice/tone combination, low or nothing at all in slick and cheesy elements, a great outcome of the sound overall. Thank you for the great videos, the band is a nice compliment for Phillip’s style. The cello player is very talented, for my taste I think he gave a little bit of too much classical music flavor with some of the preludes, and not only, to the P2 style of music that is more of the raw, simple, raw jamming kind of. I really like the cello is part of his band but I would like it mixed with the rest of instruments on the same verge to keep/give the same raw tone/flavor of the P2-music.

  • tucker davis

    Really hope they release ‘Gone Gone Gone’ as the next single. The crowd is already singing along with it! I think Phillip thrives in smaller venues like this. I know he must be totally exhausted with all the traveling, but he sounds like he is really enjoying this!

  • blackberryharvest

    Sounds like a good time, looking forward to seeing the interview.

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  • durbesque

    “P2 is distinctly reminding me of one of those movie characters who never has a clue, yet keeps ending up in the middle of historic events”…..Eilonwy

    (I wish I knew how to quote correctly.)
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    Way back in Phillip’s Idol days, a psychologist friend dubbed him “Phillip Gump”.

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  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Wow! That was a superb review. 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Phillip sounds awesome in these tubies.

    I also hope Gone Gone Gone is the 2nd single.

    It will be another massive hit IMO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Phillip has to hire at least one backup vocalist for these radio gigs. Errol and the other guys are terrific musicians but terrible singers.

  • heike hoffmann

    Yes, the chorus of “Gone, gone, gone” didn´t sound this great – where were the PS22-kids? Lol. And I´m also wonder, why they played all longer instrumental parts in the other songs, but not in GGG.
    I´m glad, that I didn´t bye the Target version. “Take me away” sounds great live, but the recorded version has a to many instruments in the background (specially some horns ), which let it sound too jazzy for my liking.

  • Anny_nanny

    I trying to find a “Nice and slow” and “Home”. Share, if there is a link.

    LIVE in Boca Raton, FL 12/1/2012 Nice and Slow
    http://youtu.be/xfdqWbjmn4w

    And my favorite cover, Home
    http://youtu.be/dMBlMxILVTs

  • Anny_nanny

    “I got the chance to interview Phillip before the show, so watch out for that interview soon!”

    How soon? (((