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The Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performs his victory song during the season 11 American Idol Grand Finale at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker/FOX

Phillip Phillips, 'American Idol' winner, books July 4th concert post-surgery

06/18/2012 by Kristina Lopez

"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips is getting ready to make his comeback performance after undergoing kidney surgery earlier this month.

The singer will perform at this year's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., according to The Associated Press.

Phillips, who won the 11th season of the singing competition in May, had surgery on June 6 to remove kidney stones that were too large to pass. The 21-year-old had undergone eight similar procedures during his time on "American Idol."

The singer had had a stent placed inside one of his kidneys months ago and has said that his stones were causing him regular discomfort.

"I'm getting better each day, so that's a good thing. I'm just walking around, getting my strength back together," he told the wire service in an interview published on June 17. "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."

During the celebration concert, Phillips will perform his debut single "Home" for an expected audience of more than 300,000 from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol before the annual fireworks. The show is broadcast live on PBS and NPR.

Matthew Broderick, country singer Josh Turner, "Smash" star Megan Hilty, composer John Williams, U.S. Olympic athletes are among the other notable guests set to appear, along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

"It's probably the biggest thing I've ever done besides 'American Idol,"' Phillips said. "I'm just excited to get out there and do my first real live performance since everything that's been going on."

The singer is also set to join the nine "American Idol" finalists for a North American tour, starting on July 6 in Detroit. The last concert takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 11.

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