Phillip Phillips Set For Rock In Rio Festival in September

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Here is some really FANTASTIC news for Phillip Phillips! The American Idol winner is set to perform in Brasil in September as part of the huge Rock in Rio music festival.

Phillip will perform on September 21 on the world stage. John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen are also set for that day. Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Florence + the Machine, Metallica, Nickleback, Matchbox 20, and more are set to perform over the course of six days, from Friday September 13 through Sunday September 22. Click to check out the line-up.

Phillip has spent the last week or so–specifically in France and the UK promoting his music. I would not have expected him to go international so soon. Awesome job, Phillip Phillips team!

 
  • Anny_nanny

    Pam is preparing for the meeting. I’m happy for her and a little jealous. )

    PhillPhill.com @pphillipsfc
    He will be playing in Brazil just one day after his birthday, hummm I’m making plans. #PhilaticsinAction

    American Idol Brasil @AmericanIdolBR
    BOMBA!!! Produtores do ROCK IN RIO anunciam show de PHILLIP PHILLIPS no dia 21/09 – http://www.americanidol.com.br/noticias/rock-rio-anuncia-show-de-phillip-phillips/

  • girlygirltoo

    Got to hand it to his management and label, they have done an amazing job of getting him some fantastic opportunities. I’m sure he will have a fantastic time at this event and will give a good performance.

  • Anny_nanny

    Phillip was in Germany as well, in Hamburg.

  • M.J. Mac

    Good for him…he seems to make the most of his opportunities and I am sure he will make the most of this one too. From what I have seen on this festival in the past…it is huge! What an opportunity to expand his fan base.

  • Axxxel

    Congrats P2 !! All that pain and hard work paid off ! I also notice Matchbox 20 being in Rio !

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Wow–Congrats.. They are serious, good for him!

  • Axxxel

    Is P2 the first American Idol alumn to perform in Rock in Rio ?

  • jpfan2

    Amazing opportunity. Whoever got Home in all those ads and booked this gig deserves a nice bonus. (I think the next shoe to drop will be P2 announced as John Mayer’s opener on his summer tour). I’m sure fans of other Idols are a bit jealous but it’s really crucial to be doing a genre of music that is currently popular. And having radio accept you as a legit artist in that genre.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    It’s crucial to use your capital in smart ways. Try and expand the fanbase while you are still in the spotlight.

  • justmefornow

    Probably, I’m not sure. I know James was the first alumn to perform at Rock on the Range, last year, the largest Hard Rock/Metal festival in the U.S.

    This is great news for P2 and great exposure, Congrats!!

  • http://twitter.com/faustokarlaire Fausto Karlaire

    only Kelly Clarkson has performed before in Brazil… in another festival

  • http://twitter.com/OzzyBonjour ??EvHeaD??ozzy??

    if any of you guys don’t know, Rock in Rio is a HUGE festival that you have to buy your tickets A FEW YEARS in advance. Great job.

  • Lovesyesha

    Ugh, the guy can’t sing! So unfair that he gets all of these opportunities and alums like Allison or Pia or Syesha are still struggling to make themselves known. Guess it pays off to be an attractive white man who can play guitar and copy Dave Matthews and Mumford and Sons…

  • bridgette12

    Not everyone is going to have success. P2 has nothing to do with Allison, Pia or Syesha’s careers, especially considering the fact that they came before him. P2 is not my cup of tea, but his music is hot right now and you would be a idiot not to take advantage of that fact. His management and label are doing the smart thing, trying to get him some overseas exposure so he can sell his music there and tour. Who wouldn’t want to tour overseas if they got the opportunity.

  • http://twitter.com/OzzyBonjour ??EvHeaD??ozzy??

    huge would be an understatement… It’s one of the biggest festivals in the world.

  • elliegrll

    Phillip be accepting as a legit artist is as big or maybe even bigger than all of the licensing deals that Home has received.

  • elliegrll

    Being able to sing, and being commercially relevant are two different things. There are a lot of high school and college students who can carry a note, and very good back up singers, but not all o them can make the transition to becoming a commercially successful artist.

    Getting people to connect with and buy music, as well as believe in an artist enough that they support him or her, is about more than whether someone has perfect pitch or can perform vocal gymnastics.

  • FE Swann

    Singing has never been the driving force for most entertainers. Millions of people can sing, many much better than those who make their living doing it. But words and notes don’t tell the whole story. There has to be something behind the voice, something that captures the attention of the listener, and there has to be something that emotes from the singer that makes someone else want to listen.

    Obviously, with the early success that Phillip has had he is reaching an audience in a way that many others just can’t seem to do. No one, that I know, can describe what that “IT” that someone like Phillip has, but when you hear it they seem to know that it is something special.

    Kudos to Phillip. He seems to be doing something right and is drawing in the audience. Not an easy task in this day and age.

  • justmefornow

    Actually it is a lot bigger. The way “Home” went so commercial could have played against P2 for legit acceptance, especially in the rock community.
    Coming off a realty show and getting a huge commercial hit could have been perceived as manufactured, entitled, not earning it the legit way, etc.
    Depending on his reception in Rio, this festival could go a long way towards acceptance as a legit artist and not a manufactured reality show act.

  • http://twitter.com/faustokarlaire Fausto Karlaire

    France, Germany, UK, Brazil… Phillip decided to follow his single “Home”… he is everywhere :)

  • mouse999

    So what’s going to happen when his music will not be hot anymore? Are we going to realize that he is in fact terrible singer? At least with fading popularity of Daughtry sound we can still say that Chris is one talented singer.

  • standtotheright

    This gig is a huge get, but my understanding is that Rock in Rio has generally had high-profile acts that would be considered mainstream pop in the US. If Home wasn’t a mainstream hit then I don’t know what was. I think that’s fundamentally the reason he was invited. Which is something to build upon, and shouldn’t be discounted any the more for that.

  • elliegrll

    While his sound may longer be popular on the radio, it will still appeal to some people. Look at the Billboard boxscores, there are many legacy and rock acts that draw very well, and while they don’t sell as many albums as pop stars, people still buy their music.

    Daughtry is also still a popular act on the road, and I’m sure that there are many people who would have loved to have sold 500,000 copies of their last album.

    The fact is that as far as popular music is concerned there is no “best singer.” People on focused on the music, and how the music makes them feel.

  • FE Swann

    Most every professional singer has only so much time in the spotlight. Very, very few people have a career at the top that lasts for decades. Having a technically proficient voice is no more a guarantee of long time success then having a unique voice. I think I’d rather have an iffy voice and some time in the spotlight than have a generically great voice who nobody cares to listen to.

  • TheOther

    Phillip is a very good live performer. His music plays well with live audiences. As a performer, he’s also very low maintenance. He recorded his CD in 3 weeks. He had suggested Greg Wattenberg produce TWFTSOTM, who in turn is one of the writers for GGG. Phillip selected GGG after he discarded songs from the label that wanted to make him scream. He also asked about doing the college tours.
    Phillip has continued to earn his credibility with Jimmy Iovine.

  • elliegrll

    There are other people who had much bigger hits, but they aren’t performing at this event. Home helped Phillip get noticed, but as you said, this event attracts high profile artists, so the organizers have to be buying into to Phillip, and think that he can draw well. It’s not just about having him come to perform one song.

  • justmefornow

    Yeah, from that lineup, it’s not really a Rock festival per se, (Beyonce, Justin Timberlake ? lol)
    More of a mainstream, higher profile, commercial pop festival, you’re right.

    Heavy Rock/Metal festivals like the ones James played at last year are more judgemental, for lack of a better word, about how legit their acts are. (The old rock snobbery)
    It wasn’t until he played there last May and was well received that the metal band Drowning Pool, for instance, had him open for them.

  • iani

    Great for Phillip to be part of the line-up, just happy for him! I follow some other musical acts and when they announce they go to Rock in Rio(especially the one in Brazil) they sometimes show how excited they are to be part of, maybe because is huge or a special vibe comes from the audience there… I think those festivals are good to “shape” the artist-image in some ways, get some feedback, get your name on more festivals’ lists… As a new artist I think you really get the feeling you’re accepted as part of the music business only performing on the same stage with the big names; the tour is good to get money and please mostly your fans, the festivals are your “school-finals” also, see the reaction of the audiences that maybe never heard of you and you may get more festivals under your belt and make a name for yourself, the way many acts have followed, JMO.

  • standtotheright

    I fail to see why “having a worldwide pop hit” can’t be the major motivation for his booking. Of course he’s not going to do just one song, but given that he’s still being broken worldwide and only just now getting airplay for the second radio single, that’s the reason that they booked him. It’s not a slight on him. He doesn’t need to “draw well” for a years-in-advance presold show, he just needs to demonstrate that he has a song or two that audiences will be excited to hear once they get there. Which he has. But I just think people should realize that it’s not an imprimatur, it’s an opportunity.

  • bridgette12

    P2 will do what every other artist will do, just keep going and making music. I personally don’t think much of P2 as a singer, but he’s a good musician. Obviously there are those who are big fans of P2 and they will support him and his music for years to come. My favorite has been criticized for being too flamboyant and not being current with radio. But he knows who he is and has made it work for him. You stick with what you are good at and what you do best. As for Daughtry is not selling like he once did, but he’s making a killing off of touring, especially internationally. His last two concerts had 9,000 and 23,000 attendees. He get’s appearance fees plus a cut of the gate. He went to Singapore last year for one event and they paid him 350,000 just to show up. I think Daughtry needs to update his sound for his next album, but don’t change the essence of what Daughtry is.

  • irockhard

    Rock in Rio is a music festival (all kinds of music) not a rock festival (rock only), despite the name.

  • irockhard

    Rock on the Range – now that is a rock festival.

  • standtotheright

    I generally prefer, and attend, multi-genre festivals. If I’m going to be at a show all day (or for three days), I like variety. Hopefully the people at RiR feel the same way.

  • http://twitter.com/epiphanyless edward scissorhands

    Rock in Rio is a 3 day festival, and one of those days is completely devoted to rock (The same day Metallica and probably Iron Maiden will be playing). However, I doubt P2 was invited because of his hit “home”, because that song didin’t get any airplay in Brasil. I think he got invited because he is a new act that people at the festival might like., as a opener for people like Bruce.

  • irockhard

    No reason why they shouldn’t. I would assume that anyone attending RiR knows full well that it’s a multi-genre festival. Those who only wanna see rock acts will only go on the day the rock acts perform.

  • girlygirltoo

    At this point, does it really matter if he isn’t the best singer? I’m not his biggest fan, but it’s impossible to deny that he has connected with a lot of music fans. I’ve seen nothing but raves about his concert appearances, and his album and singles continue to sell very well.

    If “Home” hadn’t blown up, it’s likely he wouldn’t be playing this festival, but it did, and his management and label have been very smart/opportunistic in the taking advantage of these opportunities and in the way they’ve marketed him. And credit has to go to Phillip, because he’s obviously been able to develop a loyal following outside of the Idol bubble.

    It’s rather ironic, thinking back of how a lot of people (including myself) thought he would really struggle coming off Idol. And I admit feeling a bit upset that Jimmy Iovine/Interscope wasn’t connected with Idol a few years earlier — maybe my special snowflake would have been more commercially successful and gotten opportunities like these (although that certainly wouldn’t have been guaranteed). But it is what it is, and to begrudge Phillip his success doesn’t really make any sense, in my opinion. If he can get these opportunities and ends up becoming a big star (he isn’t there yet, of course), good for him.

  • justmefornow

    That’s interesting. Could a person just buy tickets to the Rock day and not the whole festival? I know other festivals do that.

    James played at Rock on the Range on Sunday which was “Metal” day and I think you could just but tickets for the one day if you wanted. It’s a lot cheaper that way than paying for the whole festival.

  • usedtobelucy

    Here’s the current World Stage lineup: http://rockinrio.com/rio/en/line-up/

    Beyonce, Muse, JT, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Springsteen, John Mayer, Iron Maiden, Slayer …. Pretty much covers the genres, I’d say. That being the case, I don’t know that it tells us much about PhilPhil’s current rock cred, but it certainly does tell us that it *is* the place to be. And he’s there. So that can’t be anything but good.

  • http://twitter.com/epiphanyless edward scissorhands

    The tickets are sold separately. If you want to go to every concert, you need to buy 6 tickets.

    Oh, and I think RnR will be broacasted. If Mj wants, I can find her some links when PP performs.

  • irockhard

    LOL I’m not a fan of P2 and acknowledge that his success is due more to luck than anything else; but the fact that those 3 girls are still struggling is not a mystery to me at all. Sayesha is too broadway for R&B. Allison is needs to get Taylor Momsen, who is about the same age, to show her how to really rock or else she’s not going anywhere. And I never saw one iota of star quality in Pia.

  • irockhard

    If he builds up a large enough tour following during his 15 mins of fame he’ll be just fine for several years after his 15 mins are up.

    ETA: What elliegrll said.

  • calliebeckett

    Someone on twitter said Phillip Phillips had the best management ever! I think she’s right.

  • Incipit

    “So what’s going to happen when his music will not be hot anymore? Are we going to realize that he is in fact terrible singer?”

    mouse999, yeah, pretty much. But a lot of people have been mentioning that since the very beginning. It didn’t matter. Iovine had a plan and a hamster who could be a hybrid of DM and Mumford style – everyone saw this – talked about it – even reviewers of the record. Heh. Even Dave Matthews. Phillip didn’t pretend to be more – the judges sure tiptoed around the truth about his voice all season, almost, but not quite, mentioning the elephant in the room….and suddenly it was OK to be copying someone else’s sound and someone else’s moves.

    IDK if anyone from this season will get a pass to do that – it seemed to be a one-time thing, who knows? Nothing would surprise me.

    But as long as there is this folky trend for thin wavery voices and acoustic underpinings – Phillip fits right into Interscope’s bank account. Whether or not he can sing doesn’t matter anymore than it mattered if Ke$ha could sing. People who don’t like the sound they are selling don’t have to listen to either one. His management and his label will keep working this opportunity for as long as it lasts, and I hope Phillip has a good accountant.

    JMO.

  • mouse999

    Ke$ha is not copying anybody. Love or hate her, she is unique. JMO

  • Incipit

    Mouse999, that’s not the point – copying. (Even though I think Kesha rips off Eva Tanguay’s schtick – but so does Gaga. Nobody cares.)The point is, do you think she can sing? And does it matter if the answer is NO, she can’t?

    I don’t think the quality of Phillip’s vocals matter at all to how his Label and his Management promote him, for just as long as the trend for that sound is popular…they will cash in. So can he, to a lesser extent.

    JMO.

  • TheOther

    Every season there are always people who think the winner is the worse singer, that they are unoriginal, etc. It’s going to happen with who wins Season 12. But Phillip is smart enough to ignore those people and do what is right for him. If there are people who like a different sort of performance art, they can follow that sort of artist. NBD. Like Ricky Nelson’s “GardenParty” – ‘you can’t please everyone.’ And life in the Idol bubble goes on:)

  • elliegrll

    She’s copying Gaga and Madonna. When her album came out several people in the industry pointed out that she was copying a very successful act named Uffie. Her sound and style certainly didn’t match what she was doing when she first launched her career.

    The truth is that everyone copies or borrows from other artists. Music evolves, so nothing is truly original.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    I don’t know that I would consider Phillip an international star. Unless Wiki is way behind, I see no certifications for Home beyond US and Canada. No doubt this is a great opportunity for him, but I would not be surprsied if those Brazilians aren’t going to think “Who the hell is that?!”
    Oh and kudos to Interscope! They are amazing and Idol was very, very smart to switch to them! With all the talk about “who can save Idol,” it may be Interscope that needs to take the big bows!

  • MV007

    Lets keep in mind that this is a festival nobody here knew existed until today. So I’m not going to go crazy over this news. I think the more important bit of news in regards to Phil’s future is that GGG continues a rapid ascent up the HAC chart.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    at risk of annoying the P2 fans… I live in UK and if I hadn’t read it on here I would’ve had no idea he was visiting here… i’ve not heard him played on any radio station (just checked playlists of the big national stations and he’s not on any)… haven’t seen his video on any TV music channel… not aware of any TV appearances or scheduled gigs… just searched online and could find no reference to it (apart from on here)… maybe its all yet to come?

  • Incipit

    “Lets keep in mind that this is a festival nobody here knew existed until today.”

    That’s an assumption, MV007. Perhaps you didn’t know it existed, people who are aware of rock and International Music knew about this since the mid 1980′s…and this is Rock in Rio V coming up. There has been an internet vote for these in the past, the festival’s website has a poll, and there’s been campaigning on the part of different fan groups for quite a few years that I am aware of – and currently popular sounds are a segment of the roster…but everyone but the biggest names tends to get lost in the crowd. Check out the acts that have played Rock in Rio I,II, III, and IV, just in Brazil…not counting the festivals in Spain, and Portugal. It’s all on the World Wide Web. Heh.

    As standtotheright posted “…it’s not an imprimatur, it’s an opportunity.”

    JMO.

  • mmb

    I think he has been doing mostly just some small “secret shows” and showcases. They are probably just testing the waters and laying the groundwork for a future push.

    RiR is a great gig for P2. It’s nice to see various alums getting booked at big US and International festivals

  • davedpg

    If radio over here is going to play his stuff, it’d probably on something like Zane Lowe’s show.

  • iani

    “I doubt P2 was invited because of his hit “home”, because that song
    didin’t get any airplay in Brasil. I think he got invited because he is a
    new act that people at the festival might like.”
    -edward scissorhands

    I think so too, it’s not about “Home” or his international success, it’s more like a sign to me that his label/management wants to develop him, that they trust his artistic persona and put him on a list of a huge festival, not a bad sign in MO.

  • Happyhexer

    I tried to post a reply comment but got a message that the original comment was moderated? I’m going to post anyway. If it gets deleted, so be it.

  • Happyhexer

    I’m not jealous — more power to P2 for the great promo, and hopefully for running with it and taking his success to the next level. I’ve always felt that the more Idols there are out there who are successful in their genres (especially those with mainstream success), the better off it is for all Idols, since it raises the profile of the franchise. No, it won’t help if a particular Idol is in an unpopular genre or doesn’t have good performance skills or music business skills, etc., but overall, it’s helpful, not harmful, to Idols in general. That’s why, IMHO, fanwars make no sense.

    Go P2! Your success takes away nothing from other Idols!

    P2 has been lucky that his musical style is becoming popular, and he isn’t the best singer from a technical perspective, but he is talented — he really “sells” his songs with his storytelling, musical phrasing, and that slightly raspy undertone to his voice.

  • TheOther

    Actually Phillip’s always had an active following in South America, so it’s not as random as it may appear.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    I cant imagine that at all… Zane Lowe would never play an Idol coronation song… even something as non-corny at Home…
    I imagine it being more of a radio 2 kinda thing…

  • Lobilobi

    WOW so proud of Phillip Phillips, he’s doing great, building his fanbase, connecting with people everywhere he goes with his charm, his voice, his authenticity and his simplicity in other words “it”
    you can say whatever you want but the boy is going places and that’s what makes the haters pressed

  • SullyD

    You’ve never heard about Rock In Rio before? It’s one of the biggest festivals in the world.

  • irockhard

    LOL I’ve known about RiR for years thank you very much.

  • irockhard

    LOL I’ve known about RiR for years thank you very much.

  • DragonFly

    “Go P2! Your success takes away nothing from other Idols!”

    Exactly! I know very little of him except what I read of S11 comments here & yet to tune into him, Home or album, To call out fans of other Idols as jealous can maybe be said for some–it happens, but I prefer maybe envy over jealous for the seemingly effortless path to success that he came-by over the struggles others “just as fine” in getting some of that PIE IN THE SKY! And it just isn’t Idols who would like some of that–hundreds of thous. of others want it like that too! Congrats to him & it is making headlines for Idols which I’m sure adds to the others making their way also. Promo ISN’T everything–you can still fail….. but it helps!

  • suenigma

    Ummmm. This festival is HUUUUUGE, and ussually receives widespread media coverage in the US for it’s duration(eg. Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, etc.). I would actually say that it is one of, if not THE preeminent music festivals in the World. Didn’t S. Tyler knock his front teeth out there a couple of years ago? LOL

  • MV007

    It’s called hyperbole. I can see how maybe that gets lost in translation on the internet. I wasn’t implying that literally no one had heard of the festival.

  • calliebeckett

    Imagine if any contestant who’s ever been on American Idol would be able to book a gig to play on the “Glastonbury” festival..

  • Axxxel

    @justmefornow and Fausto Karlaire…. Thank you for your info !!

  • Axxxel

    FYI Kesha also appeared on Rock in Rio in 2011 on the same stage as Stevie Wonder !! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_in_Rio

  • irockhard

    Or the Download Festival.

  • Axxxel

    Ever heard of Bob Dylan ?

  • calliebeckett

    You think James Durbin will ever get on that festival?

  • Axxxel

    First time I heard about Rock in Rio, I was a teenager, a few decades ago… and I still remember that picture of Queen performing in front of a huge huge audience ….http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_in_Rio

  • Axxxel

    @bridgette 12: we may share the same favorite … and I agree on your Daughtry comment.

  • irockhard

    Who knows, would be rad if it happens. Maybe within the next few years, anything is possible. There are rock acts even less known than him who have performed at these big European festivals.

  • angiedb

    So fantastic for Phil! I adore that kid and hope he’s living it up and soaking it all in!

  • calliebeckett

    Radio 2 have played “Home” a couple of times..

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy

    I’ve definitely heard of the Rock in Rio festival before. What a great gig for Phillip!

  • Guest

    I’m brazilian, from Rio actually, and I can tell you this is the biggest music event we ever had. I bought my passport (all days pass) a year ago, way before the line up was revealed, bc everybody knows they always have amazing artists. I went to the 2011 edition and it was a 7 day event with an average of 100,000 people per day. That’s how huge it is. A cable tv channel called Multishow broadcastas the entire thing, while the Rede Globo channel (largest network in South America) broadcasts the highlights of every show. Overall

  • http://twitter.com/marcia03 marcia

    In Brazil the best known are Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. Even Jordin Sparks is best known as the P2.

  • http://twitter.com/liviasellers Livia Sellers

    I’m brazilian, from Rio actually, and I can tell you this is the biggest music event we ever had. I bought my passport (all days pass) a year ago, way before the line up was revealed, bc everybody knows they always have amazing artists. I went to the 2011 edition and it was a 7 day event with an average of 100,000 people per day. That’s how huge it is. A cable tv channel called Multishow broadcastas the entire thing, while the Rede Globo channel (largest network in South America) broadcasts the highlights of every show. I think he’ll have a great time and I couldn’t be more excited, since I’ll be there. :)

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I saw some Brazillian Glamberts campaining for Adam to be on RiR 2014. I saw the posters last year and I was like ”why 2014?”. South America is the only Continent where Adam hadn’t had a concert before, well and Antartica of course. lol Maybe someday though:)

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve seen Brazilian fans of any number of Idols post on twitter or FB asking Idol xyz to come perform in Brazil — so Idol seems to have some sort of status in the country anyway. Is Idol shown on tv there?

  • irockhard

    I dunno, my guess is they watch it through satellite TV like the Asian countries.

  • tucker davis

    I have seen P2 perform both before Idol and after. Whatever ‘IT’ is, he definitely has! When I look at internet videos of him, they don’t compare to him in a live performance…it’s just an ‘energy’. I remember JLO remarking that the music was flowing out of him, and that is an honest remark. I think that’s why his live concerts have gotten good reviews..it’s fun to watch someone who gets so lost in music.

  • jpfan2

    Where did you see P2 perform before Idol? Did he really stand out as an artist. Just interested because his career before the show seems very low key.

  • Pedro

    Maybe you didn’t. But it’s one of the biggest in the world, and has had editions in Brazil and Europe, always with huge stars, Last edition had Shakira, Rihanna, KE$ha, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many more.

    The world is not limited to the USA.

    I’m sure Phillips will enjoy playing for over 100,000 people in the largest concert infrastructure in the world.

  • Pedro

    Take That made almost 200 million with 29 dates.

  • Pedro

    He’s John Mayer opening act and John Mayer is playing. So, maybe, it was a package deal.