'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips to Perform at July Fourth Concert
Phillip Phillips Headlining D.C. July 4th Concert
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips wasn't going to let kidney surgery get in the way of his post-Idol career.
Phillips will be making a comeback performance at the July Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
This comes shortly after the kidney surgery he had following the American Idol finale in May.
Phillips spoke with The Associated Press about his recovery and what's next, noting: "I'm getting better each day, so that's a good thing. I'm just walking around, getting my strength back together."
He added, "It was tough, you know, those first few days, but I'm getting to where I can pick the guitar back up and write a little bit."
Phillips won Idol despite being in so much pain during the competition that at times it was hard for him to stand.
He even had surgery during the Idol competition.
On top of that, stage fright added to the mix, with Phillips explaining, "You know, I was so scared to death and, in the end, not knowing if I was going to puke before I went on stage. It was just terrifying. I get terrified every time, but that was just huge."
Phillips will sing his hit song "Home" during the July 4th celebration.
He notes "It's going to be a busy, busy summer," with the upcoming Idol tour and recording his album, but he says his July Fourth performance is special because he gets to "do my first real live performance since everything that's been going on."
It's nice to have you back, Phillip!