Posted: 12:29 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Catching up with Phillip Phillips, the two Davids reunited, chart update 

By Rodney Ho

Phillip Phillips comes to Atlanta's Chastain with O.A.R. July 26. CREDIT: Getty

Phillip Phillips comes to Atlanta’s Chastain with O.A.R. July 26. CREDIT: Getty

Georgia’s own season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips performed Saturday night as co-headliner with O.A.R. during his first appearance at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Given the rocket launcher of a song “Home” to propel his career, Phillips is now onto his second album and has bagged two more hit singles “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.” (American Family Insurance is still using “Home” in its ads in 2014.)

He has recovered from his kidney stone issues that plagued him in 2012 and in an interview last week sounds thrilled to be touring around the country almost nonstop since he left “Idol” two years ago.

“I just love being on the road,” Phillips said, “being in different cities, meeting new people and playing music. The only place I feel free is up on stage. I’m also the most nervous as well.”

He said he hates it when he makes a mistake on stage and hopes nobody notices that “I have sweat going down my legs.”

Phillips said his two-year journey since “Idol” has taught him that “you got to really do what you believe in and work hard to get what you want. Nothing’s given to you. That’s how I’ve done things all my life. Dad told me to work hard.”

He said he is a nomad with no real home. His mail gets sent to his parent’s home in Leesburg, which he visits every couple of months or so. (They still own their pawn shop there.)

This tour is a step up for him from his opening gig with Matchbox 20 last year. He now has enough original material to fill out a full 90-minute show with just a smattering of cover songs. He said he’s thrown in songs by acts that he admires such as Peter Gabriel (“Digging in the Dirt”), Billy Joel (“Movin’ Out”), Usher (“Nice and Slow”) and Marvin Gaye (“Let’s Get It On”).

While working on his current album “Behind the Light,” he ran into Marc Roberge, the lead singer of O.A.R. “We got to talk a little bit in the studio and get to know each other,” Phillips said before his Atlanta appearance. “He said, ‘We should tour together at some point.’ “

Roberge’s people eventually followed up with Phillips’ people and it all worked out. “We’re both jam bands yet we’re completely different,” he said. “It works. They get to play for my fans and I get to play for theirs. It’s a good mix.”

Phillips said putting the second album together was far less stressful than the first one. He was able to use his live band and give it as much of a live feel as possible.

Amazingly, through all this breakout fame, Phillips has kept the same girlfriend Hannah Blackwell for five years. “I love her dearly,” he said. “She keeps me in line.”

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Season 7 was one of the top 3 seasons in my opinion with the friendly competition between runner-up David Archuleta and winner David Cook.

They had a surprise reunion in Utah Saturday night, where Cook was performing and Archuleta popped up on stage. Cook told him to play his big hit “Crush.” So cool to see them back together!


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Three “American Idol” contestants of year’s past are in the top 25 on the Christian pop charts. Danny Gokey has his first top 10 hit with “Hope in Front of Me.” Mandisa, who already has a No. 1 hit in her pocket, is at No. 12 with “Back To You.” And at No. 21? Colton Dixon with “More of You.”

Carrie Underwood’s duet with Miranda Lambert on the country chart is up to No. 16. Scotty McCreery’s ‘Feelin’ It” is struggling in the 30s, currently at No. 34. On the Hot AC chart, Daughtry‘s “Battleships” is in the same boat (ahem) as McCreery’s song, currently at No. 33. Jennifer Hudson‘s “It’s Your World” is at No.24 on the urban AC chart.

Here is Gokey’s hit song. He had tried country a few years ago but Christian is in his pocket:

 

110 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Sorry, out all afternoon.  

It is true that the chances of getting ebola are extremely thin and bringing the 2 Americans home for treatment is a kindness and probably quite safe.  But what about that person sitting next to you on the flight who has the virus but hasn't shown symptoms yet?  That person is contagious.  A sneeze, a cough that is not contained delivers bodily fluids to other people on the plane.  Yes, the disease isn't airborne but it IS in cough or sneeze droplets.  Then it gets passed to, let's say dad, who goes home to his family that night and a few days later coughs on them.  

There is no rabies in Ireland and they don't want it.  That's why animals of any kind entering Ireland are put in a strict 3 to 6 months quarantine. Nobody wants a rabies outbreak there just like nobody wants an ebola outbreak here.  

Precautions must be taken.



Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I just got out of "wordpress" He!! too. Started when I got back from lunch.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Got the beloved "wordPress" all day.

JTesla
JTesla

Sorry, but I find the fear of Ebola to be laughable. It's been built up as being some super disease by Hollywood.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

My husband says ebola is just a plane ride away.  Delta has a lot of flights to the west coast of Africa.  And now they are bringing it here deliberately.  We've been treated to a lot of mistakes from the CDC lately.  Let's hope Emory does a better job at containment.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Whose great idea was it to import Ebola to Atlanta?


Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I dated a guy once, singer in a local rock band, and he got sick and was diagnosed with Rocky Mtn Fever - much to his dismay, they shaved every hair from his body save his head,  then figured out he just had a bad flu! Talk about your unhappy customer/patient! And the itching was unbearable!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Surprisingly, "GOTG" actually got an A- rating in AJC. However, too many movies I've liked have had a C or B- from them and too many I've disliked have had A or A- or B+, so I put very little stock in whoever does their written reviews! It just doesn't look like my kinda film. I think I'll be seeing "Wish I Was Here" or "Wanted Man" this week. Looks like it's gonna be a great weekend for movies - rain, rain, rain.

"GOU" probably is really good - with the two fine actresses from "The Help" on board. And the young man playing James B looks like he does a great job as well.

Paul Rudd - mmmmmm. I don't care much for most of his movies, but he's a cutie.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

With all the movies that come out during a summer, it never once occurred to me that the one I would want to see would be Guardians of the Galaxy.  The previews look so dorky.  The reviews are terrific.  What to do?

I also want to see the James Brown movie Get On Up.  My husband was at an airport in Natchez MS when they were filming the Vietnam scene.  He's been wanting to see the movie ever since.  The man who plays Brown is also the guy who played Jackie Robinson in 42.  Very good actor!

And apparently our local movie theater just minutes from my house, was one of the places that had an early premiere of Guardians with all sorts of Hollywood types on hand to watch it.  Seems like an odd place for the likes of Paul Rudd to visit.  I've always referred to it as "the jail" due to its cinder block walls and big metal doors going into each theater.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Poor Dexter. But why keep it secretsolong?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

The mystery surrounding Dexter Robert's disappearance from the tour has been solved.  Dexter released this statement today:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fans, friends and family for all their prayers, patience and support through my illness. After months of hospital and doctor visits, I finally have a diagnosis. I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever, with symptoms of fever, rash, headache, abdominal issues, shortness of breath and muscle pain.

After the American Idol finale show in May, I went on a turkey hunt in Kentucky. I found several ticks on me throughout the 4 day hunt, but that is nothing unusual for turkey hunting. Shortly after the American Idol tour started, I started having serve headaches, chest pains and muscle weakness on my left side, along with tremendous abdominal issues and shortness of breath. The medical facilities, while on tour, were unable to make a diagnosis. After my return home from the tour I found myself, once again, back at a hospital emergency room, where the doctor discovered a rash in my head from the tick bite. Day before yesterday, the blood work confirmed I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever. I started medication yesterday.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is nothing to fool around with.  My little dog Gus got it a few years ago and it caused sudden and fortunately temporary blindness.  It's a serious disease that, when untreated, can cause serious complications.

Jenny11
Jenny11

Oh, thanks Deirdre, for the Gone Girl trailer!  Been gone a few days and just catching up.  Ben Affleck will be good, and Amy looks similar to how I pictured her.  :-)

Behind on everything, but will add my belated contributions to the book discussion tomorrow....

MercedesS
MercedesS

Dabnf it. F,kshdusdus.  Malformed content redflagged.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Good night folks. and Tomorrow is FRIDAY!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Can't say anything about it yet, but I did see "The Giver".

MercedesS
MercedesS

Sorry about the ALERT... will remember. Will return to movies; right now Costco trip awaits.


We have two new neighbors, on both sides, not from here: first thing they did was tear down as many trees as they could, including border trees. Not very smart, which they will see when their A/C bill for august comes in.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Haven't seen any Dome episodes yet but Mercedes just wrote a nice synopsis of one. ;-)   Spoiler alert next time?  Not that I care that much about the show.

We've talked about our favorite movies before so how about some random categories.

1. A movie that was supposed to be serious and artistic but made me laugh all the way through:  for me it was Eyes Wide Shut.  What a mess that movie was!  I went to see it with a friend and as we were leaving the theater at the end we looked at each other and burst out laughing...which encouraged everyone else leaving the theater to laugh, too.

2. A movie that was much better than I expected:  The J.J.Abrams version of Star Trek.  I thought it would be kitschy and fun but it was way more than that.  The new, younger versions of all my old favorites in the cast were really terrific without being imitative.  They each captured the feeling of the characters we have known and loved, managed to honor the previous actors and added a bit of their own personalities to the roles.

3. Movies I always stop and watch for a bit while I'm changing channels: Shawshank Redemption, Sleepless in Seattle, The Godfather.  (there's more that I can't think of right now but I will post when I remember)

MercedesS
MercedesS

I'm now letting someone else take a  turn.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Gosh, I've forgotten what night "Dome" is on... must have missed one episode. Last one I saw, old lady had secret stash of food, and the evil guy who planned to "soylent green"  half the domers  was let out of jail and "forgiven". And Junior was NOT smothered by his nutty uncle.  What happened in ep before that one?

MercedesS
MercedesS

Enjoyed Rodney's Purple Phase.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Got a mail from the AJC Customer Service: "You may be experiencing the long processing sign in time because your web browser is full of data stored from web surfing. You will need to clear your Cookies, Cache and History" on your device or browser to correct this issue."


Ahem, AJC CS, my laptop had been in the computer shop for a week getting debugged, cleaned and upgraded - the very first THING I looked up on my refreshed 'puter was ajc.com - and I couldn't get on Rodney's Idol thread AT ALLn not until late afternoon.   So please own up to your difficulties, AJC!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Lordy, I just had to sign in for the first time in forever - so long, it took me 6 tries to get my password right!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I can't believe you recognized him!!! I might have had a passing thought "that guy kinda looks like Rodney", but never really believe it was him!!!

Watched Dome last night - and I'm kinda hoping this is the last season! It's not dreadful, just not real good - and I have nothing better to watch right now, so will stick with it. If they kill off many more main characters, there won't be many parts to write dialogue for ! I'd like to see it wrapped up.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Just want to add that the link is safe to open at work.  No sound, no nekkid people(which is a disappointment, I know) 

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC I'm not opposed to precautions, and the thing about Ebola is people aren't contageous until they are showing symptoms. It isn't transmitted through the air, so they would need to cough or sneeze on you and you in turn transmit to your mouth or eyes.

The problem I have is not with the desire for caution, it's with the Hollywood induced paranoia that this is some zombie apocolypse type super disease just like we saw in a movie. It's not. Most prior outbreaks have been contained by simply educating the population to stop handling the corpses of loved ones. Even in the most bleak, unhealthy and unsanitary regions of Africa the disease has been easily stopped in the past by taking the sick to the hospital and special care of the dead.

Steps that we take for granted.

JTesla
JTesla

Talk about a plague... WordPress. Still better than the last system, but really!

MercedesS
MercedesS

@JTesla  You're at the other end of the country, so please hush. I'm a 30 min car ride (6 miles)  away from Emory.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla 63% of those infected die.  Even while receiving treatment.  That sounds pretty impressive to me.  In truth, I trust Emory to have the ability to contain the virus.  The CDC is on everyone's youknowwhat list right now for scattering some live anthrax around accidentally.  Fortunately, it will be Emory that handles the containment.

JTesla
JTesla

Ebola has been in Atlanta for years at the CDC.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1  Sam, I think you'll enjoy "Get on Up".  The trick to reading film reviews is to find a reviewer whose opinions you agree with.  The AJC, which relies on syndicated material instead of using its own reviewers, often use Roger Moore and I have yet to agree with a single one of his reviews.  So I use reverse logic. If Moore likes a movie, I will hate it. If he hates it, I will love it.

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC That's totally random.


Of all the scenarios I had play through my head, Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever was not one of them.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS People who have never lived in the south have no idea how valuable hardwood trees are.

McCovey44
McCovey44

@DeirdreC Shawshank is one that stops me as well but probably no movie makes me stop and watch a bit any more than Forrest Gump.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC D:  Don't read my response to Mercedes' "Dome" post below - I also revealed some stuff.  And I too always stop at "Sleepless......." - love that movie. And I love "Godfather I" and very much like G II, but not #III at all!

My "laff your a$$ off movie was "The Incredible Melting Man" from the 70's - lordy what a  hoot! And my scariest ever was the first "Halloween". Thought I was having a heart attack in that one, and I was pretty young back then! Oh, and another "STOP" film, Diane Keaton and THAT HOUSE in "Something's Gotta Give".

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@MercedesS That was the last one - this weeks. We tape and watch later. The one before wa when the science teacher and 'baldy' were plotting, and the others found out and arrested them. And the kids found out the "girl in the lake" had been dead for years, and she knew about the mini dome and took them there.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla And all I'm really saying here is it is too easy for a deadly disease that is not in this country to GET in this country.  Easy and fast travel has opened our borders to things not native to our country and vise versa.  When my husband said that ebola is a plane ride away, he wasn't being alarmist, he was being realistic.  We won't be able to keep it out forever so we'd better figure it out.

It's like the kids crossing the border with TB and measles which have been nearly eradicated in this country.  While we can point to our extensive program of vaccinations which should protect us from those diseases, personal experience tells me that the young and the old are extremely vulnerable.  My grandson ended up with whooping cough because(as my son puts it) some fracking hippie decided vaccinations are dangerous and that 'hippie's" child exposed Lucas to the disease.(fortunately Lucas had had 2 of his DTP shots and it was relatively mild instead of deadly although his parents spent many hours in a closed bathroom creating steam so he could breathe easier)

Quarantine systems used to exist for a really good reason(that's part of what Ellis Island was all about).  

To tell the truth, I'm not sure how we can remain a humanitarian country AND protect our populace at the same time.  Something has to give, one way or the other.

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC How would you get it if it got out? Do you handle bloody corpses? If someone near you had an obvious fever would you touch their sweat, especially if you knew Ebola was on the loose? If it were out and a loved one got sick, would you care for them youself and not take them to a hospital?

What is the fear? 99.9% of people who get Rabies and go untreated die, and that is more comunicable than Ebola.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 My scariest was the first Alien.  It was basically a horror movie set on a space ship.  I had no idea what to expect.  Went to see it with a friend and nearly jumped out of my seat a couple of times.

One movie in which I actually DID jump out of my seat was Wait Until Dark.  One scene(anyone who has seen the movie knows what I am talking about) literally put me on my feet!

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC Don't even get me started on the anti-vaccine nutters. The most extreme of the anti-science crowd. Sorry to hear about Lucas getting that.


My point isn't really directed AT you, it's more of a commentary about society. Ebola fear is being whipped into a frenzy with some believing that it's the next bubonic plague. It just isn't the same. Today we have more to fear from Measles than from Ebola.

JTesla
JTesla

@MercedesS It varies from infection to infection. Some have a 90% death rate, this one has been in the 60% range.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla I get what you are saying.  It is my main complaint about the media today.  They live and die by ratings and the easiest way to get ratings is to whip us into a frenzy about something.

Whether it is ebola or sharks or politics or the latest fad, hot car deaths, the media is turning us into a nation of fear-mongers instead of people who participate in thoughtful discussion and analysis.  The politicians have jumped on board, realizing that adding hate-mongering to the manipulations will get votes. 

Why are we so unbelievably stupid to fall for all the claptrap???

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla PS.  Jenny McCarthy(leader of the anti-vaccination nuts) needs to be drawn and quartered for the misery she has caused many responsible parents.