David Cook – The Midland by AMC- Kansas City

| November 29, 2011 | 23 Comments

Kansas City native David Cook headlined a crowded Midland Theatre Friday night, leaving no doubt as to why he captured America’s attention on “American Idol,” eventually winning the title by a landslide. The theatre was bursting with soaring melodies, robust vocals, and a genuine sense of camaraderie between the opening acts, Cook’s band, and the riveted crowd.

After a short acoustic set from members of Vedera, another local Kansas City act, Cook’s regular opener Carolina Liar warmed up the audience and shook their muscles loose in time for Cook’s set. Any stuffy audience member hoping for a group of musicians taking themselves too seriously would have been instantly let down as Cook and his band crashed one of Carolina Liar’s songs, setting up a comfortable camp squatted onstage playing toy instruments. While the audience did not appear familiar with most of Carolina Liar’s songs, many seemed eventually won over by their finishing notes.
An abrupt blackout announced Cook’s arrival onstage, and so began the first enlivening notes of “Circadian,” the opening track to Cook’s sophomore album This Loud Morning. The song is a pristine nutshell of Cook’s vocal abilities, quickly fluctuating between gentle verses and commanding choruses. The majority of the show was filled with up-tempo anthems, encased in guitar-laden riffs and vigorous drumming from the nearly show-stealing Kyle Peek. Cook cleverly pieced in verses of classic songs such as “Hotel California” and “Champagne Supernova” within his own songs, proving he can perfect well-known covers as if they were inherently his own. The most rocking moment of a night was a full cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” which had Cook hitting notes that surely shook the topmost chandeliers of the Midland.

The most impressive moment of the night occurred when Cook performed his new single “Fade Into Me,” stepping to the front of the stage and away from the mic, with nothing but his own guitar and raspy voice to fill a theatre which can hold up to 3,000. After a bit of heckling from none other than his own family members, his voice took center stage. Any minute mistake would have been heard throughout the hushed audience but Cook flawlessly prevailed, and one could almost feel the pride pulsating from the audience as they acknowledged they could claim an artist with such innate talent as their own.

(special thanks to all the great vids that  kelley807  has on Youtube)

The show was much more rock than many may have expected if only familiar with the American idolized version of Cook, as he has since able to return to his admirable rock roots. Closing the set with a powerhouse performance of “Rapid Eye Movement,” Cook demonstrates not only does he have the steadfast voice and musicality to enthrall a crowd, but true writing ability with ambiguously poetic lyrics.

Music aside, Cook demonstrated his genuine appreciation for his hometown’s support thanking the audience he noted was filled with family, friends, and former teachers numerous times. Containing not an ounce of pretense and cracking jokes throughout his set, Cook and his band come off as truly humble and down to earth musicians, just eager for the chance to make some noise.

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  • http://twitter.com/latinalovesrock Angie

    Enjoyed this review very much. Talent like this one is very rare these days, I’m grateful we discovered him through that AI show: David Cook was a diamond in the rough waiting for the perfect moment to shine. I’m a fan for life! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sammie-Byrd/100002764520619 Sammie Byrd

    Wonderful review!! but then it is David Cook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marnie-Haden/100003195701964 Marnie Haden

    Makes me wish even more I had been there.

    • Pam

      I was at this show and couldn’t agree more with your review. David is a true entertainer in every sense of the word. And to make it even better he is a genuine talent. Not many singers can sing totally acoustic and sound even better than he does on his CD.

  • http://twitter.com/rascalete FrannieW


    Thank you for understanding that David Cook is truly a talented and masterful artist. He really has a gift for making great music whether it is composing and performing his own music or covering other artist. David is very sensitive to the audience and knows what will work to make them feel the meaning of his music and get ‘their money’s worth’

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Wow, very nice review!

  • Sam

    Reading this makes me wish I was there even more. He is such an amazing artist and is even more amazing live! He truly puts on the best rock show I have ever seen or heard and I have been to a lot great rock shows. You really captured the spirit of the show. He has a great sense of humor (toy instruments) and when he sings Fade Into Me UNPLUGGED it really gives you chills but also a sense of how amazing his voice really is. Thank you for appreciating David Cook’s talent.

  • Erin

    I was at the show and couldn’t agree more with this review! Wow, you nailed it! :)

  • http://twitter.com/mselaineous51 Elaine Buchanan

    Thanks for the great review. It would have been worth the flight from California – even on a holiday weekend – to have been at this show. (Of course, David’s shows are always worth the effort)! I, too, am a fan for life. 😀

  • olive juice

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review of David’s show. More power to you!

  • Rosemary

    Thrilled to read this review about the David Cook show. David leaves it all on the stage with every performance. Anxiously awaiting seeing him on 12/9 at Irving Plaza NYC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boboardie Ardith Smith

    My Heavens Marina, you should write for the KC Star. Tim Finn wrote a review that made the night sound like a complete disappointment AND made several statements that were incorrect.
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for giving David a review that speaks the truth.
    He is truly an artist in every sense of the word.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent review. Thank you for a comprehensive review of the concert, it seems you really captured the feel of the night. Of course it makes me wish I could have been there and I’ll be sure to catch him next time he is near. I’ll just have to hope he does some of the songs you described.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elena-Cabigon-Cortez/1762075921 Elena Cabigon Cortez

    Thanks for this spot on review! David is truly an amazing artist! He can really make you feel the sentiments of his songs! Just watching his shows thru the internet, I can feel the vibe and the electricity of them. He truly puts on a great show with his awesome talent, fun personality and adorable self. He rightfully owns his title, A true American Idol!

  • Vanessa

    I was there and couldn’t agree more! You wrote beautifully everything I thought and felt. I could not be more proud of David. He is incredibly gifted in so many ways and I look forward to hearing him live again. Hopefully sooner than later!

  • http://twitter.com/alamodame Tess

    Thank you for the detailed review of the concert. Generalities, even positive ones, tell me nothing about the “vibes” and nuances of the performance. I enjoy Cook’s music very much, have attended a concert this time around (Austin) for his sophomore album promo, which is stellar, by the way: Circadian-REM bookends, Good-Bye to the Girl, even bonus tracks, esp. Let Me Fall For You, etc. Can’t think even one track is a skip-over. Fade into me is beautiful, as is the video of it! Thanks again for the well-deserved praise of DC!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marylin-Chambers/1353423711 Marylin Chambers

    Thank goodness a review written describing the same concert I saw. David is just the best. He so deserves this kind of recognition He is so talented, smart, kind, and beautiful. None of the sensationalism that you see many of the big names use. Thankyou for this great review and thankyou Mr. Cook for the joy you bring us! Here’s to you and your continued success!

  • http://twitter.com/dconevermind abc defghijk

    Yes. You got it right. David Cook is my personal hero.

  • what a gift

    WOW you hit it all right on the head :) –Not an ounce of pretense, humble as all get-out —YOU BET :) And the *TALENT*!!! I’ve had the Blessed good fortune of seeing our David on several occasions now, many different-type venues- and my GOD, is he one talented, AMAZING man!!! *AWESOMELY AMAZING* on records, performing live– can’t even put it into words :) His pure, raw talent-writer, musician, singer- he is absolutely gifted– DAVID COOK THE PERSON — he truly IS that humble, ‘not an ounce of pretense’ man, and he possesses a heart of gold- doing a ton of work for charity, and treating EVERY person he meets like they are the only person in the room– nothing but CLASS with this man :) GO BUY THE ALBUM!!! I promise you you will NOT be disaapointed!!!
    LOVE YOUR MR. DAVID COOK!!!! :) :) :)
    Julie :)

  • Paula

    David shines on the stage! And he was sweet and patient with all of us fans waiting for pictures and autographs. Truly a nice person!

  • http://twitter.com/socooked Sandy

    I have seen about 35 of David’s shows. They are always good but this one was a standout among standouts. There is nothing about this man that is not delightful. He’s smart. He’s funny. He’s humble. He’s accessible to his fans more than almost anyone. He makes people feel comfortable and listens intently to what people say to him. He laughs easily and his laugh is contagious. His voice is fantastic. There isn’t anything he can’t sing, or so it seems. He is a wonderful entertainer. It’s just a thrill to see him live. If you don’t have his album yet, go get it and get the deluxe edition. It’s fabulous.

  • Kelly B.

    Excellent review! I wasn’t at this show, but I’ve seen David twice live and he puts on a helluva rock show with a couple power ballads sprinkled in. Everything you said in your review is so true about David and about his fans, who sit riveted as you said. He’s electrifying to watch. Such an extremely talented singer/songwriter/musician/performer. Both of his post-Idol albums are excellent and hold me over until the next chance I get to see him live!

  • bryan baba

    I really love David Cook and the he sings. This concert review makes me regret for not having myself at the event. David Cook rocks!!