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Latest 'American Idol' Coming to EIU

Phillip Phillips will make Lantz Arena his 'Home' for April 16 concert

Phillip Phillips, the winner of the most recent season of "American Idol," was also chosen by EIU students to headline the University Board's annual spring concert in Lantz Arena.

Phillip Phillips Concert

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
Lantz Arena

Ticket sales begin...

  • March 18 for EIU students
  • March 25 for the general public


  • $20 for EIU students
  • $23 for the general public

Buy Tickets:
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday
MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office (581-5122)


The 22-year-old Georgia artist broke out among the music world last year when his first single, “Home," hit the charts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the most successful coronation song of any American Idol winner.

Phillips has been touring the country, pleasing audiences with his lyrics and throaty singing style. Because he was the No. 1 concert pick in a survey of EIU students, the University Board booked the musician for an April 16 show.

Nick Evans and Chris Colson, co-chairmen of the University Board's concert committee, wanted to bring something fresh and different to Eastern, and both described Phillips as fitting the bill perfectly.

Colson, a senior communication disorders and science major, described Phillips’ music as having a unique, fresh sound that mixes rock, pop and a little bit of folk.

“Phillip Phillips pairs deep, ballad-type songs with jumpy, classic pop songs,” said Evans, a freshman marketing major. “I really like that he is so diverse. When you watch a show on 'American Idol,' he can go from a Phil Collins song to a Matchbox Twenty song.”

Phillips is expected to sing his record-breaking hit, as well as other songs from his debut album, “The World from the Side of the Moon," which includes the songs “Gone, Gone, Gone,” “Man on the Moon” and “Volcano.”

Both Colson and Evans believe Phillips will attract a wide range of students and community members because of Phillips' diverse musical style. They've received emails from individuals from Terre Haute and other communities who are interested in seeing Phillip Phillips in person.

Phillips started 2013 touring as the opening act for Matchbox Twenty, but by the time he plays at EIU, he'll have made the transition to the headliner role in his college tour with opener Churchill.

“Churchill is a newer, upcoming group,” Evans said. “They have been featured on The Freshmen list of mtvU. They are not one of those huge names, but they are starting to make their way up and are starting to get recognized."

Some of Churchill’s songs include “Change,” “Ark in a Flood” and “Sing Out Your Love.”

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