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Phillip Phillips to perform Nov. 24; student sales begin Oct. 25

October 22, 2013

Phillips-performance-(web2)EAU CLAIRE — Singer-guitarist Phillip Phillips will appear in concert Nov. 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the show, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. A special guest will be announced at a later date.

An advance ticket sale for UW-Eau Claire students only will take place Oct. 25 beginning at 8 a.m. at Zorn Arena. At 5 p.m. the advance sale will move to the Service Center in Davies Center, which is open until 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 for UW-Eau Claire students, and purchasers must present a valid student Blugold Card. No more than four tickets will be sold to each UW-Eau Claire student during the advance sale.

If tickets remain, they will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for UW-Eau Claire students), with a limit of four tickets per purchaser. Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all online and telephone charge orders.

Winner of the 11th season of the Fox television series "American Idol," Phillips had been scheduled to appear in concert at UW-Eau Claire May 6, and all tickets for that concert were purchased within the first six hours of the advance sale. On May 5 the dates remaining on his spring tour were canceled and Phillips promised to reschedule the shows he missed.

One of last year's biggest singles, the quadruple-platinum "Home" announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, "Home" was the lead single from "The World from the Side of the Moon" — a platinum-selling album that shot to No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips's acclaimed debut also features the platinum single "Gone, Gone, Gone" and other numbers that spotlight the 22-year-old Georgia native's songwriting chops. Fresh off his first headlining tour, Phillips is now bringing his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer.

Raised in Leesburg, Ga., Phillips began making music when he was 14, thanks largely to his older sister's boyfriend (now husband), Benjamin Neil, who taught him how to play guitar. Phillips kept studying guitar on his own and soon mastered riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." Phillips later formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and added singing to his repertoire.

After graduating from high school, Phillips studied industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College in Georgia and continued playing music with his brother-in-law. Encouraged by his family and friends, Phillips took a break from working in his family's pawn shop and auditioned for "American Idol" in summer 2011 — and soon found himself tearing through powerful, full-throated performances of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett on the "Idol" stage.

Released the same day that Phillips claimed his "American Idol" victory, "Home" marked the most successful coronation song of any "Idol" winner — as well as the highest-ever debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart, with 278,000 downloads sold.

The concert is sponsored by University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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