American Idol frontrunner Phillip Phillips is frequently compared to rocker Dave Matthews, and for good reason: Phillip's vocal style is nearly identical to that of Matthews', he holds his guitar the same way, and even his onstage body language is similar. In fact, Phillip performed an obscure song by Matthews on the show last week. And Dave Matthews himself doesn't mind at all.
Asked by New York magazine what he thinks of Phillip, Matthews said, "I haven't seen him yet, but I keep my head in the sand." However, he added, "More power to him, I don't mind. I wouldn't imagine that imitating me would bring any quality of popularity, but that's okay if it does."
Matthews, whose Dave Matthews Band has sold about 40 million albums and is consistently among the top U.S. touring acts, told New York magazine that he's not losing sleep over any competition from the younger artist.
"Oh, I don't feel threatened. I am what I am," Matthews joked. "Maybe I paved the way for him. I wish him the best of luck! He should kick my ass, [then] maybe I can retire and he can take over my band."
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